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Pavlik vs Lopez Will Fight On The Undercard Of Pacquiao vs Mosley
March 28, 2011 Boxing News

LAS VEGAS, NEV (March 28, 2011) – Former World Middleweight Champion KELLY “The Ghost” PAVLIK will make his long-awaited return to the ring when he takes on undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas super middleweight champion ALFONSO “El Tigre” LOPEZ, Saturday, May 7, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev.  The 10-round Pavlik-Lopez rumble will headline the Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship undercard.  Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions, Tecate and MGM Grand, the four-fight Mosley-Pacquiao pay-per-view extravaganza will be produced and distributed live on SHOWTIME PPV®.

The pay-per-view card will also feature WBC lightweight champion HUMBERTO SOTO (55-7-2, 33 KOs), of Los Mochis, México, defending his title against URBANO ANTILLON (28-2, 20 KOs), of Maywood, Calif., in a rematch of their 2010 Yahoo! Sports Fight of the Year, which took place in December.  The pay-per-view broadcast will open with WBO junior featherweight champion WILFREDO VAZQUEZ, JR. (20-0-1, 17 KOs), of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, in his Las Vegas debut, making his third title defense, against five-time world champion JORGE ARCE (56-6-2, 43 KOs), of Los Mochis, México.

“We are delighted to add a fight for Kelly Pavlik on this card. He has been inactive for awhile but we envision his return as coming back better than ever,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.

Pavlik (36-2, 32 KOs), of Youngstown, Ohio, captured the World Middleweight title and the sporting world’s imagination when he knocked out the previously undefeated and undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor on Sept. 29, 2007, in a bout selected as the “Fight of the Year” by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA).  Pavlik defeated Taylor handily in their non-title super middleweight rematch in February 2008 to solidify his claim as one of boxing’s top pound for pound fighters. During his 30-month title reign, he successfully defended his title three times, all by knockout, with two of those victories coming against mandatory challengers, before losing it to BWAA 2010 Fighter of the Year Sergio Martinez via a 12-round decision. But it was also a title reign marked by a persistent and near-fatal staph infection on his left hand as well as a battle with alcohol which led to two separate rehab stints, at the Betty Ford Center and The Ranch Recovery Center, in January and September 2010, respectively.  Clean and sober, Pavlik has returned to training with a vengeance, working daily with trainer Jack Loew, where he will now battle as a super middleweight, forgoing once and for all, starving himself to make the middleweight weight limit.

Lopez (21-0, 16 KOs), from Cut and Shoot, Texas, who has won five of his last seven bouts by knockout, boasts an impressive victory by knockout percentage of 76%.  Known for his heavy hands and excellent ring savvy, Lopez returns to the ring fresh from knocking out Romero Johnson to capture the vacant WBC Continental Americas super middleweight title.  Lopez is the most prominent boxer to emerge from Cut and Shoot since undefeated Roy Harris unsuccessfully challenged World Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson in 1958 at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. Harris scored a second-round knockdown of the champion in a fight that was eventually stopped by Harris’ corner after the 12th round. Henry Harris, Roy’s brother, is Lopez’s chief trainer.

Remaining tickets to Pacquiao vs. Mosley, priced at $1,000, can be purchased through Ticketmaster.  To charge by phone, with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000.  Tickets are also available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket sales are limited to 10 per person.

Closed circuit tickets, priced at $50, are on sale now and available at all Las Vegas MGM Resorts properties.

The Pacquiao vs. Mosley pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, has a suggested retail price of $54.95, will be produced and distributed by SHOWTIME PPV®. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. For Pacquiao vs. Margarito fight week updates, log on to www.sports.SHO.com or www.toprank.com  .


 

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  1. The return of KellyTheGhost Pavilk is someting i personally an looking forward to i have been a big fan of his since before his big fight with Miranda and i picked him to win in his bid for Jermaine Taylors world middleweight title, he is a very talented intelligent fighter/boxer with a terrific jab and a great right hand and a very determinded tough as nails fighter he has a great jab with real pop snap to it and his right hand is lethal lots of power and snap to it hes got plenty of heart and a great chin when he became champion i expected he would be a major sports star as big as pac-man Mayweather kobe bryant he had all the ingridients but it never happened and i was confused as why? well now it comes out he had a deadly staph infection and a serious drinking problem no shame in that as long as the problem has been adressed and put into remission as is the case from all reports and now Kelly will be fighting as a super middleweight and thats great hes a big guy and i am sure the weight is more natural and healthy for him — those super middlweights are in deep shit andre ward dirrel lucien bute that divisionis chock full of big names and talent and oppertunitys for Kelly to actualize his vaST talent i see him as long as he handles his issue with booze and keeps clean and sober becomeing all the things he originally set out to do Pavlik has all the natural and learned skills needed to become a sports mega star i perdict within 2 yrs he will be the number 1 pound for pound champion i am convinced hes gonna attain the very hights of boxing and sports super stardom all the cards,, players are in place for him to become the best by beating all those super six champions he will be the Man on top of boxings food chain no doubt in my mind at all hes predestined and these setbacks in the long run will turn out to be blessing in disguise all contingent on him takeing care of his alcohol health issues. can,t wait to see him back in the ring and becomeing the big boxing sports star hes ment to be

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