Kelly Pavlik-Paul Williams Offer Denied, Says Goossen

By Mark Vester

A few weeks back, promoters Dan Goossen and Bob Arum of Top Rank held discussions on a possible middleweight bout between WBO/WBC champion Kelly Pavlik and multi-division contender Paul Williams.

"About three weeks ago, two weeks ago, I had discussions with Bob Arum regarding a possible Pavlik-Paul Williams fight. Now as we know, Paul Williams has fought at 160-pounds but he's actually a 147-pounder," Goossen said to's Thomas Schlabe.

Goossen tells BoxingScene that he pitched an even 50-50 deal and Arum wanted no part of the deal. Based on their recent runs in the ring, Goossen believes that both sides are entitled to an even split.

"Coming off that great win over Winky Wright, obviously Kelly is still reeling somewhat from the loss to Bernard Hopkins. Regardless of that, we feel that Paul is at the top of the divisions whether it's 147, 154, 160 or 168," Goossen said. 

"I told Bob that I wasn't going to get into a situation where I thought, that based on Paul's recent win over Wright and Pavlik's recent loss to Hopkins - I wasn't going to sit there and put Pavlik at a smaller percentage. I told him that we would be willing to do the fight at 50-50, co-promotion and each side split it down the middle and Bob didn't want any part of it."

Top Rank recently spoke with HBO and three middleweight opponents are being looked at for Pavlik's return on October 3 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City - Winky Wright, Sergio Martinez and Felix Sturm.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by vitali1999 on 07-20-2009

To bad, that is really the only middlewieght fight that really matters, but win or lose Pavlik is the champ so he does deserve more than a 50-50 split. We have seen Pavlik tested and beaten but Paul hasn't been…

Comment by Xcusemymood on 07-20-2009

Way over Pavlik. Never was hyped on him anyways.

Comment by toysale on 07-19-2009

Why are middleweights scared of welterweights? Get in the ring and fight him. Really like Paul Williams and he deserves a decent payday with a big name.

Comment by GRUSTLER on 07-19-2009

I think Williams at 160 has a chance at beating Pavlik with movments and angles. That's how Bernhard beat Pavlik. Kelly is a straight forward fighter, all you have to do is take that punch and pressure away from him…

Comment by Zocalo on 07-19-2009

[QUOTE=The_Executioner;5720121]P. Will can deff beat Pavlik IMO. P.Will probably shud take less money but Pavlik hasn't done shit as of recent yet either...neither are big draws or anything... I think 50-50 is reasonable not outrageous for either side... 60-40 in…

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