This is a crazy story.
Of how I was able to watch live the Kelly Pavlik fight deep within rural China.
After a long morning of driving through rural Shaanxi province on December 20, we decided to stop for lunch.
We were looking for the flat noodles that are a speciality of the region and came across someone's home - which doubled as a place to get some food.
There were no waiters/waitresses in this house, and we picked up our food from the kitchen and ate our delicious meal of flat wheat noodles, cucumbers dipped in a hot plum sauce, cabbage with hot peppers, and pomegranates we purchased on the side of the road.
It was cold in that house. Damn cold.
After finishing my bowl, I leaned to my left . . . over a charcoal stove to heat my hands.
And this is what I saw:
A young girl walked into her family's living room and turned on the television.
Right away, China's CCTV 5 came up, with none other than Kelly Pavlik appearing on the screen.
It was lunchtime in China, but live back in Ohio, the Pavlik fight was underway - this one on the campus of Youngstown State University.
Check out the mat of the ring.. "Youngstown State University"
Here's a shot between the first and second round of Kelly's Trainer, Jack Loew.
Global Kelly Pavlik.
From rural China.
Even though Kelly has a 78-inch reach, his real reach that evening from Youngstown circled the globe - highlighting Youngstown to millions across the planet.