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Pavlik to make decision today



Published: Mon, May 10, 2010 @ 12:10 a.m.

By Joe Scalzo

scalzo@vindy.com

YOUGNSTOWN

  Pavlik Loss

Kelly Pavlik lost to Sergio Martinez in Atlantic City April 17, 2010. Trainer Jack Loew and Top rank's Bob Arum talk about the loss.

Kelly Pavlik lost to Sergio Martinez in Atlantic City April 17, 2010. Trainer Jack Loew and Top rank's Bob Arum talk about the loss.

Kelly Pavlik’s trainer Jack Loew said his fighter has not yet made a decision about his future, contrary to a report by HBO’s Larry Merchant.

Merchant reported Saturday night that Pavlik would bypass a rematch with Sergio Martinez and move up to super middleweight.

“I don’t know where Larry Merchant got that, I really don’t,” Loew said by phone Sunday afternoon.

Pavlik will talk with Loew, his father, co-manager Mike Pavlik Sr. and co-manager Cameron Dunkin at 2 p.m. today to discuss their next step.

Pavlik and Dunkin did not return messages seeking comment.

Pavlik (36-2, 32 KOs) lost his middleweight titles by unanimous decision to Martinez on April 17. He has until May 17 to activate the rematch clause.

The rematch must take place at 160 pounds; Pavlik’s rematch against Jermain Taylor in February of 2008 took place at a 164-pound catch weight.

If Pavlik declines the rematch, it will be because of weight. The 6-foot-21/2 Pavlik reportedly weighed 192 pounds in the weeks after the loss to Martinez, which is close to what he weighed before training camp. He struggled to make weight before the bout and weighed as much as 178 the night of the fight. The struggles to make weight may have contributed to Pavlik’s sluggish performance over the final four rounds.

In the days after the loss, Pavlik said he wanted the rematch but would wait to see whether his weight jumped back up before making any decisions.

“I think I know where we’re headed,” Loew said. “But we’re going to check his weight [today] and discuss it and go from there.”

If the 192-pound figure is true, it seems likely Pavlik will decline the rematch and make a permanent shift to the 168-pound super middleweight division, where he has plenty of options.

Most of the division’s biggest names, including WBC champion Carl Froch, Arthur Abraham, WBA champion Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler, are competing in Showtime’s “Super Six” tournament and would not be immediately available.

IBF champion Lucian Bute, who defeated Edison Miranda as a co-feature on the April 17 HBO telecast, is another attractive possibility.


Comments

1kenhissner(1 comment)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I wrote an article for Doghouseboxing 2 days prior to the Pavlik-Martinez fight "Did Arum make another Mistake picking Martinez?" I saw what Martinez did to fellow southpaw Paul Williams while covering at ringside. If Pavlik's lead right could not connect, he was in trouble. He wasn't fast enough to connect as it turned out and never will be. Martinez is a wonder as he has his hands to his side. I did not see this in the Cintron fight. Pavlik should either move up to 168 or challenge one of the other champs unless Martinez goes back to 154. Arum never gave Pavlik his wish of unification.

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2shutyourface(246 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Kp needs to fight whoever he can to make the most money.He probably only has 2 or 3 max fights left.The booze and drugs have caught up to him.

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3Lyrical_Lizard(14 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

COMIN' FROM AN ALCOHOLIC WHO HAS CHANGED HIS LIFE AROUND FOR THE POSITIVE AND MADE IT IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY YOU CAM DEFEAT,COME BACK, AND ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING....GET IN NSHAPE KEPLLY AND PROVE THEM ALL WRONG HOMIE....JON "LYRICAL LIZARD" GUTHRIE.

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