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Bute vs Pavlik Negotiations Have Begun, Says Arum

By Chris LaBate

With Mikkel Kessler heading in the direction of WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz, the IBF champion Lucian Bute (28-0, 23 KOs) is targeting a fight with former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik. Top Rank's CEO, Bob Arum, advised Pavlik's hometown paper, The Vindicator , that he begans negotiations for the fight on Friday. Top Rank has a close relationship with Bute's promoter, InterBox. The fight would take place in early November in either Montreal or Atlantic City.

"If Kelly wins, he's back on top of the heap," said Arum to the paper. "If he loses, but gives the crowd an incredible performance, he's still right in the mix. The people we're dealing with are really lovely people.

Pavlik's trainer, Jack Loew, told the paper that he spoke with Top Rank's head matchmaker Bruce Trampler, and gave his approval for Bute.

"I, myself, look forward to it," said Loew. "He's probably one of the best super middleweights in the world. He's left-handed, he's tall, he's strong, he goes well to the body and he packs it in, in Montreal. It'd be a hell of a trip to fight in Canada on major TV."

Bute has a scheduled defense against Jean Paul Mendy (29-0-1, 16 KOs) on July 9 in Romania. Pavlik won a ten round majority decision over Alfonso Lopez on May 7 in Las Vegas.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Stromprophet on 06-25-2011

[QUOTE=Mikhnienko;10717751]They have common opponents and i say it tells us quite a bit. Miranda - Pavlik went life and death for a few rds and then got 2 KD's (or was it 3) Bute stopped him with 1 punch. Zuniga…

Comment by Mikhnienko on 06-19-2011

[QUOTE=Stromprophet;10713022]Everyone is aware Pavlik has never been KOd right? [B]And Bute, we don't really know if he is that much of a power puncher. His resume just doesn't tell you a whole lot. [/B] I'm amazed at how shot people…

Comment by FistoftheDallasStar on 06-19-2011

It's not the match up that people are questioning. It is the timing of the match-up. Pavlik just came back from a year and a half self induced hiatus were he and his handlers say his alcohol consumption was out…

Comment by budhram on 06-19-2011

[QUOTE=PR Boxer;10712075]Really what does it take to please boxing fans? They criticize Arum for putting his fighters against each other, and for not having them take risks. [B]Now he puts Pavlik against a very risky fighter with Bute, who is…

Comment by FistoftheDallasStar on 06-18-2011

I agree with most everyone on the thread. Kelly has no business fighting Bute. At least not yet. This has the potential of being the type of loss for Pavlik that could, well... drive a man to drink. :friday:

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