Boxing had its power-punching Ghost long before POWER took hold of the zeitgeist of urban television. Almost 10 years ago, Youngstown, Ohio's Kelly Pavlik survived a fierce second round flurry from Jermain Taylor, that sent him to the canvas, to slug it out nearly another five rounds before a punishing pair of uppercuts led to Taylor literally looking like a toppled building after settling on the canvas in a corner. Pavlik walked away with the WBC and WBO world middleweight titles, as well as the Ring Magazine title.
I caught up with the former champ after Mikey Garcia's post-fight presser at Barclays Center last Saturday night and we chopped it up about Jermain Taylor, the evening's action, and dug into the Adrien Broner-Mikey Garcia main event.
This episode's guests include:
boxing publicist Mario Serrano @ 40:32
Women of Boxing founder Jay Kemp @ 53:37 (SHOBox's Nikki Adler vs Claressa Shields world title fight)
fmr welterweight world champion Luis Collazo @ 1:10:19
Inside The Ropes (ITR Boxing) creator Lukie Ketelle @ 1:15:37
fmr middlweight world champion Kelly Pavlik @ 1:35:25