Kelly Pavlik “I’m Never Going to be Able to See 160 Again”

Former World Middleweight Champion KELLY “The Ghost” PAVLIK, his trainer JACK LOEW and Top Rank president TODD DUBOEF participated in an international media conference call to discuss Pavlik’s upcoming homecoming fight on ShoBox: The New Generation on Saturday, Aug. 6, LIVE on SHOWTIME®. 

Pavlik (37-2, 32 KOs), of Youngstown, OH, will headline a hometown fight card for the first time in nearly two years when he takes on DARRYL CUNNINGHAM (23-2, 10 KOs), of Detroit, at the Covelli Center in Youngstown, Ohio, in a 10-round super middleweight bout.  Cunningham is riding a three-year, 16-bout winning streak.

 

The special Saturday edition of ShoBox: The New Generation is promoted by Top Rank and will begin at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

Remaining tickets to Pavlik vs. Cunningham, priced at $150 (ringside), $100 (VIP), $50 (Gold), and $25 (Silver), plus $2 facility fee, can be purchased at www.Ticketmaster.com, and by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the Covelli Centre box office, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET.

 

For Pavlik vs. Cunningham fight week updates, log on to sports.SHO.com or www.toprank.com.

 

What the participants had to say on Wednesday:

 

KELLY PAVLIK:  “Training is going very good right now. I’ve been hitting it hard; this is probably the last hard week.  We’re going to finish up sparring and next week will be cruise-mode.  It couldn’t be better than the way it’s going right now.  I’m feeling good.”

 

Have you adjusted to super middleweight?  Do you feel stronger at this weight?

PAVLIK:  “I really do.  Making 160 was just impossible anymore.  I’m never going to be able to see 160 again. In this new class we’re not killing ourselves to make weight.  Now, as we’re getting ready, we can prepare more on boxing and more on the opponent and worry about that stuff rather than how we’re going to lose weight.  I’m really happy with this weight class.”

 

Kelly, can you talk a little bit about your last fight. Did you feel the difference in the weight class?

PAVLIK:  “You know, I really didn’t notice the weight.  That wasn’t a factor in the fight.  Timing was.  I knew when he was going to punch before he did and I just had a hard time with the timing of that.  That’s why we wanted to come back right after that fight just to make sure the timing was sharp.  As far as the weight, no, I don’t think that played a big factor at all.  You got to remember I was coming down from 195 walking into camp so I was probably walking around heavier than Lopez was.”

 

In that fight you got hit more than you did in a lot of your fights. Was that because of your timing?

PAVLIK:  “I think so.  It was hard to pick up on the punches. I went back and watched the film and I looked a little jittery in there.  I was punching a little bit too much, even more than I had against a power puncher like (Edison) Miranda.  There were a lot of things that we’ve been studying.  But we got through it after a 13-month layoff.”

 

Is it common for you to watch tape of yourself? 

PAVLIK:  You know, I never really did do that.  But at this stage in my career I think it’s important that we did start doing it.  You can learn a lot more that way, too.”

 

Jack, how important was it for you to look at the tape from the Lopez fight to point out to Kelly the things he did right and the things he did wrong?

LOEW:  “I think it’s very important. I’ve done it all the way through.  Kelly wasn’t a big film watcher but I’ve always watched our previous fights and then come back to Kelly and tell him what I thought he did wrong and what he should correct.  It was very important – we got to move forward, we can’t move back.”