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I was told this week that serious talks have been rekindled for a fall fight between middleweight...

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I was told this week that serious talks have been rekindled for a fall fight between middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik and Paul Williams, with HBO making a very strong offer. The question is, will the two camps, who don't exactly get along well, be able to agree on the split? We shall see, but my fingers are crossed because it's a great fight -- certainly a lot bigger than anything else either guy can legitimately make.

Dan Rafael's blog. Also, Jack Loew was on a Youngstown radio show last night, saying that they're about to sign a big fight with someone who wasn't on HBO's original list. Williams is one of the only guys out there who fits the bill.

it's just a rumor, but we'll let you know when it's confirmed... Pavlik vs Froch - Oct 3rd.

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it's just a rumor, but we'll let you know when it's confirmed... Pavlik vs Froch - Oct 3rd.

Top Rank's twitter. Either this is wrong, or the Showtime tournament rumors are wrong (or we get the best of both worlds, and Pavlik will be in the tournament). Then again, it could just be idle chatter, trying to get people excited. The twitter account also said Pavlik will be fighting in October with more details to come.

"Don't let this fight destroy you," Hopkins told him. "You're a great middleweight champion. You...

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"Don't let this fight destroy you," Hopkins told him. "You're a great middleweight champion. You have a great heart. Keep your head up. Keep fighting. You have to learn one thing. You have to learn that slickness that black fighters have and then you'll really be a great champion. I don't want you to quit. If I have to go to your house and take you to the gym, I will."

Dan Rafael at ESPN.com -- it leaves out some of the more colorful parts of Hopkins talking to Pavlik, but it was quite a moment
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