Kelly Pavik is confident entering main event
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LAS VEGAS -- Kelly Pavlik is ready.
The Youngstown middleweight finished a month of hard training on Wednesday in preparation for Friday night's 12-rounder against NABF champion Fulcengio Zuniga (17-1-1, 16 KOs) of Barranquila, Columbia.
The fight, which is the main event on Friday's card, will begin a little after 10 p.m. and will be televised by the Telefutura Hispanic Network.
"Kelly has never been more ready for a fight," said Pavlik's trainer, Jack Loew. "I feel more confident than ever about Kelly. Everything about him looks good. His strength and his quickness have never been better and his conditioning is at a peak."
"This is the best shape I have ever been in," he said. "The way I feel, I could fight anyone.
"I mean any middleweight in the world."
Completes sparring sessions
Pavlik wrapped his sparring sessions on Monday after accumulating more than 100 rounds of boxing. He went 12 rounds once and 10 rounds three times in sparring sessions, Loew said. His last day of running was Tuesday and he had a light workout on Wednesday.
Pavlik weighed 1611/2 pounds on Tuesday. The official weigh-in will be today.
This week's Las Vegas Review named Pavlik as one of three opponents to be named for a late fall bout against top middleweight contender Ronald "Winky" Wright. Wright's promoter, Gary Shaw, will attend Pavlik's fight. Top Rank Inc. is hosting this weekend's boxing show, which will finish with Saturday's lightweight title fight between Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo on Saturday night at the Thomas and Mack Center.
If Wright doesn't fight Pavlik, a spot will be opened up on the Nov. 12 under-card of the 12-round WBC heavyweight championship fight between Vitali Klitschko (35-2, 34 KOs) and Hasim Rahman (41-5-1, 33 KOs), Loew said. That fight would be on HBO pay-per-view.
"First we have to take care of business against Zuniga," Loew said.