Pavlik's Manager on Andre Ward: ‘Kelly Wants The Fight’

By Ryan Maquiñana

Cameron Dunkin, manager of former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (40-2, 34 KOs), weighed in on a potential Feb. 23 fight between his fighter and reigning super middleweight king Andre Ward (26-0, 13 KOs).

“Kelly wants the fight,” Dunkin told Friday afternoon.  “We’re just talking about it right now, and seeing if the money is right.”

Ward is coming off an impressive 10th-round stoppage of Chad Dawson in September, while Pavlik outpointed Will Rosinsky in July.

“HBO is looking for an opponent for Andre Ward, and Kelly’s name came up,” Dunkin said.  “It would be a big fight for Kelly.”

When asked about a potential location for the bout, Dunkin was unequivocal.

“No, we wouldn’t fight him in Oakland,” he said.

Ryan Maquiñana was the boxing producer for during London 2012 and writes a weekly column for  He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Ratings Panel for Ring Magazine. E-mail him at [email protected], check out his blog at, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ironmike2012 on 10-15-2012

Pavlik can't win this fight, even at his best. Right now this fight would be bad for Kelly (as bad as Pacquiao was for Hatton). Easy pick for handicappers.

Comment by T.Horton on 10-14-2012

Pavlik is broke?

Comment by Atldude6 on 10-14-2012

Hey I Love me some Kelly Pavlik, one of the most entertaining fighters I've enjoyed in my fandom. There's no way in hell he ever beats Ward though. One thing I don't think is true that's being written though. I…

Comment by Red Power on 10-14-2012

[QUOTE=Freedom.;12600343]The Klitschkos have had world title fights in many countries: Russia USA Switzerland Poland Germany But never a single one in their home country of Ukraine! Ward has always been afraid to fight in any other country than the USA,…

Comment by MC Hammer on 10-14-2012

Wrd has fought a slew of tough or potentially tough fights. He deserves an easy stay busy fight

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