By Robert Morales

Promoter Bob Arum informed on Wednesday afternoon that he has come to terms with Sergio Mora’s team for a fight between Mora and middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik.

Once finalized, the world middleweight title fight will take place either June 20, July 18 or July 25, and most likely in Atlantic City.

"I have talked to (Mora's promoter) Jeff Wald and everything is OK from their side," Arum said via telephone from Boston.

Arum, who promotes Pavlik, said that he still has to meet with the fighter and his team before an accord can be reached. Arum said he would be meeting with Team Pavlik next week in Las Vegas in hopes of finalizing the deal.


Mora, of Los Angeles, became the first champion on "The Contender" boxing reality series when he defeated Peter Manfredo Jr. in May 2005 in Las Vegas.

He would go on to become the first – and to date, only – fighter from the series to go on to win a major alphabet title after upsetting Vernon Forrest via majority decision last June in Uncasville, Conn.

The reign was short-lived; Forrest took back his title with a lopsided decision over Mora just three months later in their rematch in Las Vegas.

The fight would mark Pavlik’s third defense of the world middleweight title he wrested from Jermain Taylor in September 2007. Pavlik was floored in the second round, but rallied back to stop Taylor in what was hailed by the Boxing Writers Association of America as the Fight of the Year for 2007.

Arum also spoke of the proposed June 13 welterweight title unification match between Miguel Cotto and Joshua Clottey.

Similarly, Arum said Clottey is on board but that the deal won't be consummated until Cotto comes to terms. That fight would be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, on the eve of the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade.