Kelly Pavlik and his handlers said he would prefer another tune-up fight but wouldn’t necessarily pass up a title shot, according to Vindy.com
The former middleweight champion returned from a 13-month layoff to defeat Alfonso Lopez in a 10-round light heavyweight bout on May 7 but had difficulty regaining his timing until the later rounds. Thus, he believes it makes sense to have one more tune-up before facing an elite opponent.
“I hate to call them tune-up fights because they’re real opponents but I would like to fight someone like a Peter Manfredo,” trainer Jack Loew told the Web site recently. “What I want to see is if all the rust that came off after the eighth round is gone.
“I thought he looked really good in the ninth and 10th round and I want to continue from that point, not look rusty again.”
Pavlik and Loew also said that it would be difficult to pass up a title shot or big-money fight.
They mentioned super middleweight titleholders Lucian Bute and Carl Froch, as well as former beltholder Mikkel Kessler, as possibly opponents.
“I do want big fights and it would be hard to pass one up,” Pavlik said. “But if nothing opens up anytime soon, I think it’s important to take a lower-name fight.”