Andre Ward vs. Kelly Pavlik on January 26, 2013 at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA.

What a better way for Kelly Pavlik to boost his career to the very peak if not by facing Andre Ward? That’s right; there isn’t a better, more direct route to the top.

Andre Ward is the new pound-for-pound sensation, and he has earned that spot and title. His recent TKO victory over Chad Dawson, has earned Ward millions of fans around the world.

According to various sources, including BoxRec.com, Andre Ward will face Kelly Pavlik on January 26, 2013 at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Ever since his loss to Bernard Hopkins, Pavlik hasn’t been the same. He is still a good fighter and performs well inside the ring, but there is something missing from his game, something that made him better before his fight with Hopkins.

Aside from the fact that it’s hard betting against Ward nowadays, I think that Pavlik has picked the wrong opponent both stylistically and physically. Pavlik is a heavy footer fighter, and facing someone as slick as Ward will be a difficult challenge to overcome. Andre can and does fire from all angles, and it takes someone quick with the highest ring IQ to defeat Ward at his own game.

Pavlik will likely stand his ground for the first few rounds, but as soon as he makes a mistake or shows signs of exhaustion, the fight is over. Ward will be all over Kelly from bell to bell, and unfortunately I don’t think that Pavlik has the conditioning for constant readjustment and peppering offense.

It could also go another route, the roughhousing one. Ward has showed against Dawson that he can take a punch, and give and ever better one back. At this point in time, I can say without much hesitation that Andre Ward is starting to develop a taste for aggressive fighting, and like the smell of a knockout. Pavlik might be hitting the canvas much sooner than most of us expect.

Can Pavlik beat Ward? Absolutely, as in boxing, there are no absolutes. But as far as odds go, if you are a betting fan, your money is safe with Ward.

 

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