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By Joe Scalzo (Contact) | 84 entries

Ready to rumble.

Ready to rumble.

Final Friday thoughts.

Final Friday thoughts.

Ninety minutes away from ... well, millionaires in their underwear stepping on a scale.

We're 90 minutes away from today's Kelly Pavlik-Sergio Martinez weigh-in and, for the first time I can remember, there's some genuine drama here. Pavlik reportedly weighed 167 when he woke up yesterday and even though his trainer, Jack Loew, told me last night he was down to 163 1/2 -- and would be below 162 this morning -- I'm not sure I buy it.

First three rounds: Espino courageous, if not smart

I've got to hand it to Miguel Espino. He promised to come out fighting and not back up and, so far, he's been true to his word. I think it's an exceptionally stupid strategy against a guy like Pavlik but that's just my opinion.

Pavlik is on the clock. Again.

OK, the last undercard bout is over, so Kelly Pavlik and Miguel Espino are up next. (Presumably.)

Correction -- one more fight to Pavlik.

Apparently we're going to have one more bout before Pavlik goes on. This one had been scheduled for earlier in the night but got bumped because of the PPV.

Referee update

They just announced this update about referee Jim Villers, who collapsed about 45 minutes ago and was taken from the arena on a stretcher: He is talking, he is conscious, he is alert and he is on his way toward recovery in the hospital.

Roy Jones Jr., Buster Douglas attend fight.

Former boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. was in town to see one of his fighters, Gabe "Big G" Brown, fight former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter. Jones and Brown are both Pensacola, Fla., natives.

Pavlik is on the clock.

Last fight just ended, with former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter earning a fourth-round TKO over the 363-pound Gabe Brown. It was a huge crowd pleaser. The fans really seemed to love Brown. I guess it's hard not to. He's surprisingly spry for a man that size.

One fight until Pavlik.

OK, the last fight just began. Last one before Pavlik. It's an eight-round heavyweight bout between a 363-pound fighter named Gabe Brown (18-12-4) of Pensacola, Fla. and former WBC champion Samuel Peter (32-3, 25 KOs). Peter is from Las Vegas and weighed 240 pounds.

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