Pavlik makes short work of Lockett
ATLANTIC CITY (TICKER) Gary Lockett was no match whatsoever for Kelly
Making his first defense of the WBC and WBO middleweight titles
Saturday, Pavlik scored a technical knockout of Lockett at 1:40 of the
third round at Boardwalk Hall.
Pavlik (34-0, 30 KOs) knocked down the Welshman twice in the second
round before sending Lockett (30-2) to the canvas again in the third.
Upon returning to his feet, Lockett watched as his corner threw in the
towel, ending the bout before the challenger suffered any more serious
A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Pavlik overcame a second-round knockdown
against Jermain Taylor on September 29 to score a shocking
seventh-round TKO. The 26-year-old proved the victory was not a fluke
by posting a unanimous decision in a non-title rematch five months
Hoping to pull off a surprising triumph of his own, Lockett proved he
was not in the same league as Pavlik. After sustaining a hard right
hand to the head with 1:20 remaining in the first round, the
challenger went down to one knee after receiving a pair of punishing
rights to the head midway through the second.
Back on his feet as referee Eddie Cottons count reached eight,
Lockett was rocked with another crushing right hand with 17 seconds
remaining in the round, again dropping to one knee but returning to an
upright position at the count of eight.
With *** trickling from his nose as well as from under his left eye,
Lockett gamely answered the bell for round three but saw his dream of
producing an upset win quickly ended.