Kelly Pavlik is no longer be perfect, but he's still the best middleweight in the world.
Dominating overmatched Marco Antonio Rubio from the start,
Pavlik emphatically rebounded from his first career loss Saturday
night by stopping the Mexican challenger after the ninth round
before a raucous hometown crowd that arrived more than 5 hours
early to see its hero.
The pride of Youngstown gave them something to remember.
Pavlik outclassed and outpunched Rubio almost the entire fight,
hurting him in the eighth round and battering him throughout the
ninth, after which his corner decided he couldn't continue.