By Ryan Maquiñana
Cameron Dunkin, manager of former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (40-2, 34 KOs), weighed in on a potential Feb. 23 fight between his fighter and reigning super middleweight king Andre Ward (26-0, 13 KOs).
“Kelly wants the fight,” Dunkin told BoxingScene.com Friday afternoon. “We’re just talking about it right now, and seeing if the money is right.”
Ward is coming off an impressive 10th-round stoppage of Chad Dawson in September, while Pavlik outpointed Will Rosinsky in July.
“HBO is looking for an opponent for Andre Ward, and Kelly’s name came up,” Dunkin said. “It would be a big fight for Kelly.”
When asked about a potential location for the bout, Dunkin was unequivocal.
“No, we wouldn’t fight him in Oakland,” he said.
Ryan Maquiñana was the boxing producer for NBCOlympics.com during London 2012 and writes a weekly column for CSNBayArea.com. He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Ratings Panel for Ring Magazine. E-mail him at [email protected], check out his blog at Norcalboxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.