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Dmitry Pirog To Target Kelly Pavlik After Aaron Mitchell

By Maria Bezchastnaya
Russian middleweight prospect Dmitry Pirog (14-0, 11 KOs) has discussed the situation having to do with British fighter Matthew Macklin, and about his future meeting with Aaron Mitchell. The winner of this bout will become the official contender for the WBO title that is currently held by Kelly Pavlik. Pirog-Mitchell fight takes place on February 6 in Moscow.

“If Macklin wanted to fight me, we could have met on February 6 in Moscow”, - told Pirog to – “But Matthew is a “home” fighter who is used to local judges. We offered him several alternatives. Even the fight in England was possible, but only on the conditions of the strict observance of rules and the presence of a WBO supervisor. After we offered that his team broke up contact and didn’t react for several months. Finally we had to start looking for a new opponent."

"My fight with Aaron Mitchell will be an eliminator bout for the right to fight for the WBO belt. If I win in Moscow, why should I fight the European belt holder when I can go to America and meet Kelly Pavlik? That’s the answer. It’s Macklin who needs me, not vice-versa. If he wanted to fight me so much, where had he been earlier?” "

Dmitry says that Mitchell despite of his 40 years of age is not an easy opponent. That’s why it’s too early to think about the fight with Kelly Pavlik.

“Aaron Mitchell in fact is very dangerous”, - says Pirog. “He lost only one bout at the beginning of his career. Out of 27 victories he has 21 by knockout. It’s a good record. And don’t let his age deceive you. Right now there are no Pavliks and Macklins before me – only Mitchell. I must show a great fight and that’s the only thing I’m thinking about at the moment. Everything will be decided in the ring on the 6th of February”.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by giacomino on 01-31-2010

[QUOTE=Carnivore;7392533]Pirog's last fight put him into the eliminator with Macklin, but Macklin's injury put Pirog into the mandatory. Pavlik hasn't had to face a WBO mandatory since Lockett in 2008. There should be one every year. [B]But I bet there…

Comment by KESSLER on 01-31-2010

Pavlik would stop Pirog.

Comment by The Hammer on 01-31-2010

[QUOTE=giacomino;7392447]Pirog will beat Mitchell, and it will be a good learning experience. But Mitchell is, in fact, 40, hasn't fought for more than a year and has a history of inactivity. He's never beaten an elite or near elite fighter…

Comment by giacomino on 01-31-2010

Pirog will beat Mitchell, and it will be a good learning experience. But Mitchell is, in fact, 40, hasn't fought for more than a year and has a history of inactivity. He's never beaten an elite or near elite fighter…

Comment by Roy Hobbs on 01-31-2010

i think pavlik would have been better off facing paul williams instead of sergio martinez. Martinez style is gonna cause pavlik problems. stylistically, paul williams would be a much exciting & easier style for pavlik to approach.

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