Middleweight Kelly Pavlik continued his march toward a world title shot by stopping former world title challenger Bronco McKart in the sixth round at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT on a Top Rank promotion on Thursday night. Pavlik was putting his NABF belt at risk for the first time and his veteran southpaw opponent gave the lanky Ohio native all he could handle from the second through the fourth rounds, sending Pavlik's mouthpiece flying and even knocking down the undefeated prospect.
But the 35 year old McKart simply couldn't keep up the assault and when he began to tire in the fifth frame, the heavy punching of Pavlik became a factor. The 24 year old from Ohio tagged McKart with a riveting left hook in the sixth, sending the southpaw to the canvas and while McKart made it to his feet, he soon returned to the floor under a hail of leather, prompting the bout to be stopped at 2:45 of the round.
With the win, Pavlik goes to 28-0 (25) while McKart drops to 45-7 (31).
In other bouts, light middle Anthony Thompson, 22-1 (16), dispatched Mohammed Said, 17-5-1 (10), in the ninth round of a scheduled ten and former world contender Almazbek Raiymkulov, 22-1-1 (13), stopped Antonio Wong, 11-6-1 (7), in the fourth.