By Rick Reeno

During a recent conversation with promoter Dan Goossen, BoxingScene.com was advised that WBO junior middleweight champion Sergei Dzinziruk (36-0, 22KOs) is still the target of Paul "The Punisher" Williams (37-1, 27KOs). After a big April win over Winky Wright at middleweight, Williams is planning to drop down to 154 for a meeting with Dzinziruk.

HBO is not entirely against a fight with Dzinziruk, but the network would much rather have Williams take a fight with former champion Joshua Clottey. Clottey recently told BoxingScene that he wants to fight Williams next. Williams and Goossen are not interested in the fight, at least for the moment, and they do have valid reasons.

"I think a fight with Clottey is a step backwards. Why take the guy who lost the last fight [against Miguel Cotto]? If the winner [Cotto] wants to fight Paul, then we could do that. I think Joshua needs to come back and get a couple of wins before a fight with Paul can be discussed," Goossen said.

"Dzinziruk is an undefeated champion. He is a tough fighter and a good boxer and I think that fight can be made.  We tried to get other big fights. We tried to get Shane Mosley. He wasn't interested. I don't think what he's doing by chasing Manny Pacquiao around is smart. That [fight] won't happen. If he can't get Pacquiao then the next biggest fight would be against Paul Williams."