Pavlik Has a Few Days To Decide if He Will Face Stevenson

By Luke Furman

Super middleweight Adonis Stevenson is having a hard time securing an opponent for an IBF title eliminator. To date, Edwin Rodriguez, Thomas Oosthuizen and James Degale have turned down the opportunity to face Stevenson. The IBF is going down the line and the sanctioning body has offered former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik the opportunity to faces Stevenson.

Pavlik returns on Friday night in Las Vegas against Scott Sigmon (22-3, 12 KOs) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. If he wins, Pavlik (38-2, 33 KOs, ranked number 8) will be given until Tuesday to give the IBF an answer about Stevenson (18-1, 15 KOs, ranked number 2).

"If he refuses to fight with Adonis, the new rankings will come out in June and the highest rated boxer in these rankings [except boxers who have already refused the invitation] will be approached," said Yvon Michel, promoter of Stevenson.

Luke Furman covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BattlingNelson on 06-08-2012

Pretty lame that DeGale, Oosthuizen rejects a chance to fight an eliminator. They must be hoping for an easier way to a titleshot. I cannot see Pavlik taking this fight either. He's still a big name and can get a…

Comment by lefthook2daliva on 06-07-2012

[QUOTE=freedom213;12214026]We really need to see Pav against at least a decent opponent to gauge his progress but I totally disagree with you, his losses are from the best of the best and had Sergio not cut him with that big…

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 06-07-2012

Man, I fear for Pavlik. If I was boxing I'd think twice before getting in the ring vs this dude. Guy is fkin HUGE and his power is INSANE. I would definitely fear for my life.

Comment by 4Corners on 06-07-2012

Pavlik-Stevenson, I say make it happen. It puts Pavlik in the mix of everything at 168 if he wins. And if Stevenson wins, it's a solid/decent win over a name fighter. Why are these guys avoiding Stevenson????

Comment by freedom213 on 06-07-2012

[QUOTE=nycsmooth;12213767]this won't happen, green as AS is as Pavlik's slipped a great deal , he knows it...he wants softer bouts for ezy $$...any name boxer takes him out...JCC jr will beat Pavlik...[/QUOTE] We really need to see Pav against at…

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