Saturday, July 7, 2012

Nonito Donaire and Kelly Pavlik Pushed Hard Despite Commanding Decision Wins on HBO

The last few weeks of boxing have served as a sort of prelude to what most expect to be an excellent next few months for the sport. Last weekend's three bout exhibition on Showtime about lived up to expectations, which were understandably low, though Friday Night Fights filled in some gaps with solid action a few weeks in a row.

Still, it would be a nice deviation from the expected course to see a few bigger names sternly tested, wouldn't it? 

Junior featherweight Nonito Donaire and super middleweight Kelly Pavlik did exactly that in battling through moments of struggle to notch unanimous decision wins over foes Jeffrey Mathebula and Will Rosinsky, respectively. 

Much of it wasn't all that aesthetically pleasing, and as usual the HBO commentary was sometimes more hilarious than appropriate, but both fighters succeeded in advancing towards what they insist are longer-term goals of tangling with the absolute top echelon of their divisions. 


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