Kelly Pavlik to Meet With Top Rank, Get Career Moving

Kelly Pavlik could be on his last life in boxing. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Following his bailing on an August date and thus a big November fight with Lucian Bute, Kelly Pavlik is hoping to get his career back on track, and will be meeting with Top Rank later this month, along with manager Cameron Dunkin. From Rick Reeno, this is what Dunkin had to say:

"He's coming to New York on the 22nd, to the Nonito Donaire fight [at Madison Square Garden]. We're going to sit down with him and have a nice meeting and hopefully we're going to put together a game plan for training, promotion, and get him fighting again. ...He said - 'let me go out and take a couple of fights, a few warm-up fights. I won't bitch about the money. And when you tell me that I look good and I'm ready - I'll fight anybody.'"

Pavlik (37-2, 32 KO) has fought just once since losing his middleweight crown to Sergio Martinez in April 2010, getting past Alfonso Lopez in May on the Pacquiao vs Mosley card. In 2010, he battled alcoholism and had a pair of stints in rehab, and prior to the canceled Darryl Cunningham fight in August, rumors were picking up that he wasn't doing so great in his personal life once again.

When he bailed on the date with Cunningham, he had plenty of complaints -- that he wasn't being paid enough (the full $50,000 ShoBox budget), that his pay for a November fight with Bute ($1.35 million) was low, and that he really didn't need to fight again if he wasn't going to get what he wanted, which was really big paydays.

There was a disconnect from Pavlik, which didn't acknowledge the reality: That he's not a big name fighter right now, that his market value has crashed, and that he was going to have to fight his way back into the position he wanted to be in once again.

But now it seems like something has hit home for Kelly, and that he's aware there are only so much bridges left unburned, especially now that he's hurt his stock with both HBO and Showtime, not to mention Top Rank. This is probably the last decent chance he's going to get, and it's going to come on the terms of others.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bad Left Hook

You must be a member of Bad Left Hook to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bad Left Hook. You should read them.

Join Bad Left Hook

You must be a member of Bad Left Hook to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bad Left Hook. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker