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Source: Pavlik exaggerated Kessler offer

Published: Thu, August 4, 2011 @ 12:15 a.m.


Kelly Pavlik has withdrawn from his scheduled fight vs. Darryl Cunningham on Saturday night at the Covelli Centre and told his promotional company, Top Rank, that he will not fight Lucian Bute in November.

By Joe Scalzo



Kelly Pavlik’s claim that Mikkel Kessler turned down $3 million to fight Lucian Bute is inaccurate, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

The source said Kessler was guaranteed just $750,000, plus a fee from Showtime and 100 percent of the money from Danish television. The latter figure is unlikely to be substantial considering the fight would have aired around 4 a.m.

Pavlik was offered a $1.35 million guarantee to fight Bute in November. Showtime offered $2 million for the broadcast rights and the fight was expected to earn another $2 million in gate receipts plus some small ad revenue.

As the IBF super middleweight champ, Bute was set to get 60 percent of the $4 million, with Top Rank offering 82 percent of the remaining 40 percent to Pavlik.

Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, who confirmed the $750,000 figure, said there was a communication breakdown inside the Pavlik camp. Arum had negotiated the purse with Pavlik’s co-manager, Cameron Dunkin.

“As long as he has a manager, we as promoters cannot ethically speak to him directly,” said Arum, who said Pavlik has not returned his calls. “We assumed that everything we worked out with the manager, or that the manager accepted, was accepted by Kelly.

“All I know is this is totally and completely dysfunctional. What happened this time is ridiculous.”

Boxing promoter Pat Nelson, who represents several fighters including Niles middleweight Billy Lyell, said Pavlik was offered fair money for the Bute fight.

“He was getting fair market value,” Nelson said. “Anyone who is advising Pavlik otherwise knows very little about pro boxing.”

Top Rank, represents more than three dozen fighters but only three others make at least $1 million a fight: Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito.

“If Pavlik doesn’t want to fight again, his decision is understandable,” Nelson said.

“But if he does want to fight and pursue a career in a new weight class, he made a huge mistake.”


1pineapple1(14 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

what a shame

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2pineapple1(14 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

maybe he needs more re-hab......obviously breaking a window out of your parents house and dragging your brother through it screams SOBER

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3crimelander(122 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

/ “He was getting fair market value,” Nelson said. “Anyone who is advising Pavlik otherwise knows very little about pro boxing.” /

See it's like we every-day Joe's on here have been yammering about.

Pavlik busted up his fist throwing punches at his mothers door and he doesn't want to have a real working-fight relationship with the pros.

Pavlik is done. I mean, where is he going now that Top Rank surely has had it with him? There was that big ugly loss which Top Rank was disappointed with and the purse and now this.

Hey, I want Pavilik to clean up and get on the top of his profession. But he isn't getting there with Youngstown representatives and roaming the same neighborhoods that are going to ruin him.

He needs to get far away, detox and train like a machine. He also needs to hire new handlers. Much easier to blame the decision on his handlers and replace them than to ever fall back into good graces with major promoter like Top Rank and Showtime.

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4youngstownsteve(84 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Why the big fuss? This guy is irrelevant. He can't sell tickets and continues to piss on everyone and everything in his path. The good people of Y-town have better things to do with the "peanuts" we work very hard to earn.
Who does he think he is - he had his chance and blew it. Crawl back into the bottle you crawled out of and leave us alone once and for all!!!

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5k9girl2223(19 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

I see it like this he doesn't want to work for peanuts..... Why not it will go good with his beer. How can the people of the Youngstown area continue to back someone like Pavlik when he always let's us down!! I know everyone makes mistakes, but in all honesty he needs to figure out what he wants to do. He needs to clean up his act and box or retire!! I don't think the money Top Rank offered him for those fights was unreasonable considering the trouble he's been in. He is going to be lucky if Top Rank doesn't cancel his contract, I know I would have!!

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6YtownSports(306 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Kelly has made the worst mistake of all: He has ruined his hometown support.

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7redvert(2239 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Just read Mancini's professional opinion in the next story; "Kelly Pavlik’s reputation takes a huge hit."

His summary of Pavlik tells it all, from a man who knows!

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8DOLE2(595 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Kelly can explain it all to you next year when he's greeting at WallMart.

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9Bigben(1996 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Disappointed at what could have been. Peanuts ?????

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10uncommonman(9 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

kelly is a good kid with some major issues. The people around him need to get him well.

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11Steelcityfightfan(25 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

What if the people around him are part of the problem??

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