Kelly Pavlik's upcoming fight with Paul Williams has been canceled again.
Pavlik had been scheduled to make a middleweight title defense against Williams on Dec. 5 in Atlantic City, but Pavlik is still having issues with his left hand, following two surgeries this summer. He resumed training two weeks ago, but is still unable to make a fist.
"He's trying," said his trainer, Jack Loew, who made the call to postpone. "He's been running, he's been trying to train in the gym. He's trying to shadow box with one hand, hit the speed bag with one hand. ... I've been trying to keep it a secret but it's not going great and I'm not going to fool anybody any longer."
Top Rank Boxing, Pavlik's promotion company, is trying to reschedule for Jan. 23 but Williams' camp may not accept. The fight has already been postponed once from an original October date.
"I'm sure we're going to get a very bad reaction from their people and I don't blame them," said Loew. "But we've got to do what we've got to do."
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