By David "Los Gatos" Rosenberg
Super middleweight contender Kelly Pavlik spoke to NBC affiliate WFMJ and told the outlet that his withdrawal from this Saturday's fight with Darryl Cunningham was a "business decision." Pavlik is not happy with money involved in his two fight deal, which involved the bout with Cunningham and a fall showdown with IBF champion Lucian Bute of Canada.
A source close to Pavlik said the boxer was not pleased after finding out that Danish superstar Mikkel Kessler was offered a far greater sum to face Bute. Pavlik was reportedly going to receive a bit over $1 million dollars. Pavlik's worth is not even close to Kessler at the moment, based on his recent performances and antics outside of the ring.
"The fight is off and the Bute fight is not going to happen. I'm not going to fight a southpaw for peanuts," Pavlik said.
The bout with Cunningham was taking place in Pavlik backyard of Youngstown, Ohio and Showtime was set to televise.