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Sturm Tries To Grab Kelly Pavlik For June 25 Showdown

By Rick Reeno

BoxingScene.com was advised that WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (35-2, 15KOs) tried to secure Kelly Pavlik (36-2, 32KOs) for a fight in Germany on June 25. Sturm was willing to make the fight at a catch-weight of 165-pounds. The fight won't happen, at least for the moment. Pavlik has been inactive since last April's decision loss to Sergio Martinez.

Besides the inactivity, Pavlik is scheduled to fight Alfonso Lopez (21-0, 16KOs) on the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley pay-per-view on May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Before taking on a fighter like Sturm, Pavlik's handlers want their boxer to shake off the rust. Pavlik's performance against Lopez will determine how quickly his handlers will move him in position for a major fight.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sweet Jesus on 03-11-2011

[quote=Pessimistic;10217902]Now I didn't say I disliked Pavlik. I also agree with that he did fight top competition. At one time that is. When he stepped up to Bernard Hopkins Hopkins basically took his heart and ate it in front of…

Comment by Power VCT on 03-11-2011

Sturm will reach deep into the bag of tricks and go on to defeat Pavlik if they met! :boxing::boxing::boxing:

Comment by Pessimistic on 03-11-2011

Now I didn't say I disliked Pavlik. I also agree with that he did fight top competition. At one time that is. When he stepped up to Bernard Hopkins Hopkins basically took his heart and ate it in front of…

Comment by Little_Red on 03-11-2011

In Pavlik's only interview since he got out of rehab he mentioned that fighting Sturm at 166 in Germany is something he might do, but he mentioned Bryan Vera in the same breath. I think that says something about where…

Comment by Eaner0919 on 03-11-2011

[quote=madamfackah;10214831]please that may fight is to shake up the rust[/quote] please that rust is from a year of inactivity I mean if your Pavlik's team would you want him going into a Sturm fight with just one shake out fight…

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