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 Last update:  6/24/2011       Read more by Edward Chaykovsky         
   
Kelly Pavlik Ready For August Return, Lucian Bute Clash
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By Edward Chaykovsky

Former middleweight champion Kelluy Pavlik (36-2, 32 KOs) is ready for a two fight return package, with the first bout likely taking place on August 20th at the Covelli Centre in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, and the second fight coming in November against IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (28-0, 23 KOs), likely in Canada.

I hate calling it that [next fight a tune-up], but where Im at in my career, it is what it is, said Pavlik to The Vindicator. Instead of going somewhere else, I figured, why not keep it here? This will probably be my last fight in Youngstown and its kind of exciting to fight in my hometown one last time, especially going into a world title fight.

In May, Pavlik broke a thirteen month layoff to win a ten round majority decision over Alfonso Lopez. Pavlik has taken a good look at Bute's recent fights. He feels Bute's best punches are to the body and he'll be ready for them.

Hes a really sneaky body puncher, said Pavlik. He just times it perfect. Pretty much all his knockouts have come from body punches. Its something were going to have to work on and watch for. Im probably the biggest name hes fought to this date. For that type of fight, I imagine Ill have to go up there. Hes the world champion and me fighting him in Canada would be huge. I cant see him coming here [to the U.S.].

Tags: Kelly Pavlik , Lucian Bute , Bute vs Pavlik , Bute-Pavlik



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comment by freedom213, on 06-26-2011
[quote=ShoulderRoll]Isn't it sad that Kelly Pavlik, a middleweight, will be the best fighter Bute has ever faced?[/quote] This is a big reason I am picking Pavlik in that fight. Bute is no defensive wizard , he is hittable and someone with the heavy hands and power of Pavlik thats not a good co...

comment by WESS, on 06-26-2011
[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll]Isn't it sad that Kelly Pavlik, a middleweight, will be the best fighter Bute has ever faced?[/QUOTE] Yeah that's about right. Ward, Kessler and Froch just destroy him. I'm interested in Bute fighting Pavlik, I'm rooting for Pavlik but if I was a betting man I would have to...

comment by Atldude6, on 06-26-2011
I agree. I LOVE to watch Pavlik fight and his best fights are always against guys that fight, not box. I don't think he can beat Bute but I hope he tags him a time or two anyway, just to see how Bute takes it. Bute's best fight has been against a beaten down Miranda and Pavlik put the beatdown on...

comment by ShoulderRoll, on 06-25-2011
Isn't it sad that Kelly Pavlik, a middleweight, will be the best fighter Bute has ever faced?

comment by TheSlickster, on 06-24-2011
Bute is so overrated on this board its ridiculous. Ward, Dirrell, Froch and Kessler each i feel would defeat Bute.

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