Advertisement
Advertisement

Pavlik: I Need To Be Impressive To Secure Bute

By Keith Idec

Kelly Pavlik acknowledged on a conference call on Wednesday that he was involved in an altercation with his older brother earlier this month, but the former middleweight champion emphasized that the incident hasn’t hurt his focus for an Aug. 6 fight in his hometown.

“I’m doing great,” Pavlik said. “There’s nothing you could do about that. I guess, you know, 90 percent of America has siblings and they get into fistfights. But I can’t get in a shoving match with mine, so … it is what is. But it’s no biggie. We tossed that out the window and right now we’re focusing on Darryl Cunningham.”

According to a July 12 report on Vindy.com, the Web site for the The Vindicator newspaper in Youngstown, Ohio, the brothers fought at the home of Pavlik’s parents in Youngstown. Pavlik reportedly punched a side door at his parents’ house, which broke a window Kelly Pavlik used to pull Michael Pavlik through.

No charges were filed as a result of the incident, which reportedly occurred July 8, and Michael Pavlik reportedly told police officers that responded to the scene that he didn’t need medical attention. He appeared to have minor cuts on his hands and arms, according to The Vindicator.

Pavlik (37-2, 32 KOs) will encounter the relatively unproven, left-handed Cunningham (23-2, 10 KOs) in a “ShoBox: The New Generation” main event at Covelli Center in Youngstown. The 10-round, 170-pound bout will mark Pavlik’s first fight in his hometown since he underwent treatment for alcohol abuse at a Rancho Mirage, Calif., treatment center.

He expects strong support from the fans who’ve remained loyal to him amid struggles inside and outside the ring.

“I’m hoping they are [supportive],” Pavlik said. “Word is, it’s going pretty good right now with tickets. There’s a lot of people still saying they’re going to get their tickets. They expect a big walk-up crowd in Youngstown.

“That’s one of the big things, too, so I’m going to go do my thing, I’m going to put on a great show, I’m going to fight as hard as I can and whatever happens as far that part goes, my true fans, which I’m sure there’s a lot, they’ll be in for a treat.”

If Pavlik, 29, defeats Detroit’s Cunningham, 36, he’ll likely challenge a much more accomplished southpaw, IBF super middleweight champ Lucian Bute (29-0, 24 KOs), in his next fight. Top Rank president Todd duBoef said on the conference call that negotiations are ongoing for a fall fight against Bute, probably in Montreal, the Romanian-born Bute’s adopted hometown.

“He’s coming to fight,” Pavlik said of Cunningham. “He’s ready to go and I know the last couple questions were about [fighting Lucian] Bute, but if we don’t look impressive against Cunningham, I don’t think there’s going to be a Bute [fight]. So our main goal right now is to go in there and put on a good performance against Cunningham.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, NJ., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by fastblack on 07-28-2011

It's over for pavlik. the fat lady has just chugged the bottle. Pavlik blew his career and his chance via alcoholism abuse, ignorance and staying in that dump Youngstown, Buys a bar which is like giving visine eye drops to…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 07-28-2011

[QUOTE=Clegg;10907550]Actually, the worse he looks, the more chance there is of Bute wanting to fight him.[/QUOTE] True. Bute likes soft touches so if Pavlik looks bad he'll sign that fight in a second.

Comment by -KULT- on 07-27-2011

All the best for THE GHOST WAR PAVLIK!!!

Comment by knockdownking on 07-27-2011

I saw his E60 last night. his life was crazy. youngstown got the best of him.

Comment by SOPH~ REP. on 07-27-2011

Either or bute knocking somebody the f out

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (16)
Top Headlines Tarver's Suspension Upheld, Fined $50K For Positive PED Test Lucas Matthysse-Pablo Cesar Cano Showdown in Talks Bob Arum Continues To Be The Master of Salesmanship Pungluang Sor Singyu Defends WBO Belt Against Pabustan Luis Ortiz Hopes Activity Level Doesn't Slow Down Anytime Soon Chavez Jr. Training Hard For Possible Jack Bout, Says Garcia Lebedev Will Go With Ramirez Unification First, Then Mandatory Mike Tyson Returns For Round 2 at The MGM Grand Antonio Orozco-Miguel Acosta Set For 3/25 at Fantasy Springs David Haye Tells Joshua Not To Risk His '0' Before They Fight McGuigan Believes Frampton vs. Quigg is a Crossover Fight Flanagan-Mathews: Zolani Tete To Face Jose Santos Gonzalez Sullivan Barrera: My Goal is To Knock Andre Ward Out! Blackwell-Eubank Jr. Set For March 26 At Wembley Garcia: Canelo vs. Khan is Going To Be a Pretty Close Fight Ricky Hatton Discusses Several Emotional Topics on Life, Career Loeffler: We Expect Canelo To Defend Against Golovkin Video: Robert Garcia on Brandon Rios, Canelo-Khan, More Sauerland: Abraham Win Could Make Groves Bout Much Bigger Theophane: Mayweather Will Advise Me on How To Beat Broner Golovkin Keeps The Line Moving in Supremacy Quest at 160 Boxing Priest Makes Boxing Comeback After 20 Years Arum Spoke To HBO About Making Golovkin vs. Ramirez Jorge Linares Injury Puts Zlaticanin Title Fight In Jeopardy Omar Narvaez To Face Jesus Vargas on February 19th Roach Says Gomez, Ramirez on Board To Help Manny Pacquiao Roy Jones Jr. Rejects Retirement Talk, Return is Not Ruled Out Dmitry Kudryashov is Now Training With Joe Goossen Gonzalez, Negrete, Delgado, Gramajo on LA Fight Club, March 4 Loeffler on Working With Haymon Side To Finalize Golovkin-Wade Ward: Barrera Not Stronger, Hasn't Seen This Speed, Conditioning Cletus Seldin Returns To Action on March 5th in Long Island Browne Gets Advice From Larry Holmes For Chagaev Bout Photos: Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley 3 Undercard Presser 50 Cent Erupts, Rips Apart Ungrateful "Sh*thead" Billy Dib Luis Ortiz-Tony Thompson Undercard Information Golovkin-Canelo: Jerry Jones Wants Bout at AT&T Stadium Sanchez Will Have Barrera Ready For Andre Ward's Clinching Ovill McKenzie-Dmytro Kucher Purse Bid Won By Frank Warren Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley: Defying Newton's Laws
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement