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Kelly Pavlik-Paul Williams Hits a Serious Roadblock

By Rick Reeno

BoxingScene.com has been advised that a potential middleweight bout, between WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik and Paul Williams, has hit a serious roadblock in the ongoing negotiations between Top Rank and Dan Goossen. The two sides are far apart on the money.

From what I was told, HBO is offering up $3.75 million for the fight. Pavlik would get $1.75 [plus a piece of gate, etc.], Williams to get $1.55 and Top Rank would get $500K. HBO wants the date of September 26 to pair it with the replay of Floyd Mayweather Jr-Juan Manuel Marquez. Top Rank was offering $1.25 to Williams and raised it to $1.55 last week. HBO is pushing for the fight to happen but they may have to offer up more money to make it happen and that's a longshot based on their tight budget.

The big roadblock is the gate and the money coming in from the sponsors [estimated to be a few million]. Goossen wants to split the gate/sponsorship money down the middle and of course Top Rank is not going to do that. Top Rank bases their position on the fact - that regardless of whether or not it's Williams in the other corner - Pavlik will sell out the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Based on that, obviously Top Rank does not see a reason to give Goossen/Williams a piece of the gate or their sponsorship money.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boxing Scene on 07-28-2009

No one knows what is actually being offered to Paul so no one can really fault him or say he's not personally taking this deal. It don't matter anyway, if Hopkins can beat this clown then Williams will totally dominate…

Comment by Jone2ts on 07-28-2009

Top Rank will not ever let this fight happen unless Williams gets some meaningful wins that force the people to demand the fight. Or Williams will have to decline so much that it;s clear as hell and then they will…

Comment by 11player on 07-28-2009

It's pretty clear that Top Rank does not want this fight. Man, did they lose faith in Pavlik after that loss to BHop. First they did everything to prevent the bout with Abraham, now they are doing the same with…

Comment by Pugilistic™ on 07-28-2009

Williams vs Pavlik needs to happen, This is the only must see fight at 160, especially with Abraham moving up to 168.

Comment by MELLY-MEL... on 07-28-2009

pal is themost avoided, can't get a big fight, balh, blah, blah, yet he is crying about money? when we all know he draws nothing? what a joke. most feared my ass. take the fight or look like a jerk…

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