Speaking with Kelly Pavlik, nothing in the immediate future is set in stone. In fact, the former middleweight champion says nothing, as far as he knows, is even in negotiation.
“You probably know more than I do”, said Pavlik (40-2, 34 KO’s). “I am just trying to train and stay fight-ready so when I get the call, I will be ready.”
Pavlik has had a good bit of in-ring action to shake the rust with wins over inferior competition. In his last three fights, ‘The Ghost’ has three different results, despite winning all of them.
Aaron Jaco was knocked out convincingly in the second round. Then Scott Sigmon lasted longer than most thought he would until the referee stopped that fight in the seventh round.
On July 7, Pavlik faced a game Will Rosinsky, and came away with a unanimous ten-round decision. This was to be his final setup for a bigger payday and tougher opponent. The names of Carl Froch, Andre Ward, and Lucian Bute, all surfaced as big-name opponents.
Ward took the steps and the deal was signed, but he injured his shoulder for what could have been Pavlik’s shot at regaining the limelight.
Interestingly, with Manny Pacquiao losing his last fight, the sport needs back some of the faces that people actually watch. There is constant turnover in boxing, but the critical period it is enduring right now needs star power.
Love him or hate him – people watch Kelly Pavlik.
“I wanted to stay active and hopefully we will get something done real soon. When I know, you will too”, promised Pavlik.