By Joe Scalzo
Kelly Pavlik wants to prove Scott “Cujo” Sigmon’s bark is worse than his bite.
Fresh off his first bout in nearly a year, Pavlik (38-2, 33 KOs) confirmed Thursday night that he will meet Sigmon (22-3, 12 KOs) in a 10-round super middleweight bout on June 8 in Las Vegas on ESPN2.
A contract was sent to Pavlik’s trainer, Robert Garcia, in Oxnard, Calif. and Pavlik, who is spending a few weeks in Youngstown, said he will sign it as soon as he gets off the plane to California next week.
“I can guarantee it’ll be my first priority,” said Pavlik, 30. “I want that fight.”
Two months ago, Sigmon signed a contract to fight Pavlik on April 14. When those plans fell through — Pavlik said he neither agreed to the fight nor saw a contract — Sigmon attacked Pavlik in the media and through Pavlik’s Facebook page.
“I guess he upset Top Rank and Cameron [Dunkin, Pavlik’s co-manager] pretty good,” Pavlik said. “I will tip my hat to him — he did a helluva job self-promoting. Nobody would have heard of him without that. At the same time, some of the things he said really upset me.
“It’s one thing to say you think I ducked you or that I’m a coward. But he turned it to a personal level. Mark my words — this is one of the biggest fights I’ve ever wanted.”
Sigmon has already started the verbal sparring, calling Pavlik “ignorant” and “arrogant” for claiming the two never had a contract and vowing to shock the boxing world with an upset victory.
“I didn’t like the fact that Kelly Pavlik was trying to say that I was a liar, making it [the fight] up to try to get famous,” said Sigmon. “I respect Kelly Pavlik the fighter. But some of the things he’s done outside the ring, it’s just arrogance.
“It’s not my life accomplishment to get in the ring with Kelly Pavlik. My life accomplishment will be to beat Kelly Pavlik.”
Pavlik (38-2, 33 KOs) is coming off a second-round TKO of Aaron Jaco on March 31 in San Antonio, Texas — his first fight in nearly a year. Sigmon (22-3, 12 KOs) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Carlton Holland on March 30.
If Pavlik wins, he will likely fight again in late August or early September.
Pavlik told one boxing outlet that he plans to make Sigmon “eat through a straw” after the fight, to which Sigmon said, “Good. I’ll be able to go back down to middleweight.
“He can’t make that weight, but I will thanks to the Pavlik diet.”