Lem Satterfield

Pavlik eyes Froch, Kessler, Bute, Stevenson

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LAS VEGAS — Former middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik will likely take on another tuneup fight after Friday’s seventh-round knockout of Scott Sigmon before moving on to a world-ranked super middleweight opponent, his manager, Cameron Dunkin, said on Friday night.

Pavlik rose to 39-2 after scoring his 34th career stoppage against Sigmon (22-4, 12 knockouts), whose face was beaten into a crimson mask of blood before referee Jay Nady had seen enough and waved an end to the bout with Sigmon still in his own corner at the Hard Rock Hotel.

“I’m happy with it. I thought that he would punch himself out eventually, but he did slow down a lot,” said Pavlik, who was in only his second fight with trainer Robert Garcia, under whom Pavlik debuted with a second-round knockout of Aaron Jaco in March.

“Robert kept telling me to puff him up, hit him with those straight, long punches. I started doing that a little too late, but it still worked, and I ended up stopping him. But I’m always going to come down hard on my performances.”

Pavlik earned his third straight victory since being dethroned as WBC and WBO beltholder by RING middleweight champion Sergio Martinez via unanimous decision in April of 2010.

Dunkin said that he would meet with Top Rank CEO, Bob Arum, and his stepson, Top Rank President Todd duBoef, regarding their next move for Pavlik, who is now fighting at 168 pounds,

“Kelly looked sensational. Monday, we’re going to meet, and we’re going to talk, and we’ll have a lot to talk about I’m sure on Monday. But we’ll talk about Kelly. Bob and Todd are happy, and I thought that he did great. He got in a lot of rounds, and that’s what he needed,” said Dunkin.

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“Kelly won every second of every round. He turned, and he threw combinations, and he did a lot of good things in there. We just wanted to work. We didn’t want to load up. We just wanted to touch and touch. He said ‘I get to give the guy an a–kicking and a beating,’ and he did, so it’s good. He wore a lot of that kid’s blood. That kid took a lot of body shots.”

Dunkin said Pavlik could pursue bouts against fighters such as three-time titlewinner and IBF titleholder Carl Froch, former two-time titleholder Mikkel Kessler, former IBF beltholder Lucian Bute and contender Adonis Stevenson.

“Bute, Stevenson, there’s a lot of stuff out there for Kelly,” said Dunkin. “Froch is calling, Kessler’s calling. They’re calling me, so we’ll see.”

Pavlik said he would like to take one more tuneup bout before competing for a title.

“One more,” said Pavlik. “And then, that one has to be a bigger, upper fight.”

Photo by Chris Farina, Top Rank

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

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