Pavlik stops Rubio after 9 rounds to keep title

Updated: February 22, 2009, 12:20 AM ET
Associated Press

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- No longer perfect, Kelly Pavlik is 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 ...

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