By Ernest Gabion
During a recent interview with BoxingScene.com, former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (39-2, 34KOs) explained why he's not impressed with the reigning IBF super middleweight beltholder Carl Froch (29-2, 21KOs) of Nottingham. Froch is coming off an impressive five round destruction of previously unbeaten Canadian superstar Lucian Bute.
Pavlik returns on July 7th at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. In his fourth consecutive fight at 168 or above, Pavlik will face tough Will Rosinsky in an HBO televised co-feature.
"In most of his fights, if you go look at them, he gets in wars and he gets hit a lot. If you go back and watch, even the [Jermain] Taylor fight, he was getting beat up the whole entire time in that fight....bad. If Taylor would have taken one more knee, and if he would have survived he was that far ahead on the scorecards [that he would have won]. I think he's a rough, gritty guy and he has power, don't get me wrong, but I just don't see him as the top, top guy of that weight class. I don't think he is at the level that [Andre] Ward is," Pavlik told BoxingScene.com.