“The ring is the place where a man can project what’s in his mind legally.”
—Archie Moore http://t.co/FEbHERgj
Boxing champ Kelly Pavlik (37-2) will take to the ring on March 31st! Good for him and good for boxing. After some challenges in his personal life, it seems the Youngstown, Ohio native is focused on regaining a belt. He has a new trainer with Garcia and a bad ass attitude to win.
Pavlik will return to the ring to face Aaron Jaco on March 31 in San Antonio, manager Cameron Dunkin said Thursday. The fight will take place at Illusions Theater, a 3,700-seat venue at the Alamodome, Top Rank spokesman Lee Samuels told ESPN.com.
The fight is scheduled for 10 rounds with a contract weight of 170 pounds, but Dunkin said the weight — heavier than usual for Pavlik — was a consideration for Jaco and that Pavlik, who aims to fight in either the 168-pound super middleweight division, or perhaps even return to the 160-pound middleweight division, would come in under the weight. http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7662977/kelly-pavlik-set-first-fight-10-months
He’s training in California, far from the distractions and temptations that led to a visit at The Betty Ford Clinic. Make no illusions, staying focused mentally before and after this fight will be the key in his future success. We’ve known him to be a champion in the ring, maintaining poise and class out of the ring, for many boxers, is what may be the hardest fight.
We’ve seen him be a mentor to young man, Dante Delsignore with cancer, and we’ve seen him in compromising positions too. He is at his best in the boxing ring, not owning or being in a bar setting.
“I hate to say it, because I like him as a fighter,” said Perron, 75, who worked with the legendary Marvelous Marvin Hagler. “But, I think Kelly’s done.”
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Pavlik finally has fire in his eyes. He’s hungry and he’s pissed at the haters and naysayers like Perron. He’s got something to prove not only to himself but to the fans who have followed his career. He looks fit, healthy, strong, and is focused on winning. Of course, Jaco is there to win too. We might expect a little rust, with Pavlik coming from the rustbelt- but like his hometown has tried to do, it comes back stronger.
Pavlik fights as, “The Ghost.” A haunting reminder that his opponents never see the knockout coming there way. At least that’s how we’re gonna look it.
Our prediction, 3rd round TKO. Pavlik wins.