Pavlik considers May 7 fight ‘most important’ of his career

By John Bassetti


If it could be put into an equation, “postponements plus rehab equals credibility gap.”

That may be the premise of Kelly Pavlik’s statement that his upcoming super-middleweight fight against Alfonso Lopez is “one of the most important fights of my career, believe it or not.”

It seems implausible, but careers in boxing — and life — aren’t always predictable.

Although no new revelations surfaced, the former world middleweight champion was grilled during Friday’s conference call about his status entering the May 7 non-title bout in Las Vegas as a co-main event on the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley welterweight championship battle.

“This is a very important fight where I have to go out and look good,” Pavlik said of facing the lesser-known Lopez (21-0, 16 KOs) from Cut and Shoot, Texas.

Read the story in Saturday’s Vindicator and

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