The boxing future of former middleweight world champion Kelly Pavlik is as cloudy as ever after his decision to withdraw from Saturday’s scheduled 12-round fight against Darryl Cunningham at the Covelli Centre.
Pavlik told Top Rank, his promotion company, on Monday that he was not going to fight Cunningham after learning that his payday for a possible title fight against Lucian Bute in November was substanially smaller than he expected.
That leaves Pavlik’s future in limbo. He has angered Top Rank, which was evident in a statement emailed to media outlets Tuesday.
Details of Pavlik’s contract with Top Rank aren’t known, but it’s possible the company could opt out of it in response to Pavlik’s decision.
“[Top Rank] is not happy,” said Jack Loew, Pavlik’s trainer, on Tuesday. “Kelly had a tough decision; he made it, and now he’s going to have to deal with the consequences.”
Even if Pavlik stays with Top Rank it’s going to mean a longer climb back to being in the world title-fight conversation.
“We had discussed the terms of a Bute fight, but that had no bearing on this,” Top Rank president Todd duBoef told ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael on Tuesday. “Is it a matter of, is Kelly going to fight regularly? Does he want to get back on track and knock that rust off? Apparently not.”