by Ernest Gabion
Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (39-2, 34KOs) is not anticipating a future return to the middleweight division. Pavlik believes his days at 160-pounds are officially over. On July 7th at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, Pavlik is scheduled for action in his fourth consecutive fight at 168 or above. He faces tough Will Rosinsky in an HBO televised co-feature.
"Right now its looking like 99% that we're going to stay at super middleweight. I have no problem making the weight. I'm strong and I'm energized and there is a ton of fights at that weight," Pavlik told BoxingScene.com.
Pavlik disclosed several possible options - including the winner of Andre Ward vs. Chad Dawson, IBF champion Carl Froch, or the recently beaten Lucian Bute.
"That's a huge fight right there, whoever wins that fight - Chad Dawson or Andre Ward [can be a possibility]. Those are top dogs right there. Dawson is the top dog at 175 and Ward is the top dog at 168. Those are huge fights. Froch is still a huge fight and even Bute is still a big fight, he's still a big draw," Pavlik said.