Former WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik has had his share of problems over the years, but he seems to be getting back on track. He's won three consecutive fights since losing his titles to Sergio Martinez in 2010, and he plans to add another win to his record when he faces Will Rosinsky on July 7. The bout between the two will take place at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
"I am feeling really good in camp right now and there was no hesitation in coming back so soon," Pavlik said during a recent conference call. "This is a golden opportunity for me to be back on HBO and it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up....No matter what happens there will still be doubters, but it goes to show I am taking this serious. I am here to prove a point, to show that I am taking it serious."
For a moment, many thought Pavlik would dominate the middleweight division for years, but his 2008 loss to Bernard Hopkins forced many to reconsider their assessment of him. He ran into more problems three fights later, getting dominated by Martinez.
Without a doubt, Pavlik's personal problems - primarily alcohol related - played a major role in his demise, and he's certainly capable of competing with elite boxers when he's at his best. At only 30 years-old, he has more than enough time to fight his way back towards another title shot, but he'll need to increase the level of his competition.
Pavlik plans to do just that, and he currently has his sights set on British boxer Carl Froch.
"I would like to fight Carl Froch," Pavlik added. "That weight class is loaded no matter which way you go. Any big fight at this stage. Whatever opens up, whatever opportunity presents itself, whatever sanctioning body, it doesn't matter. Some of those heated words and some of the things Froch has said to me before hurt a little bit."
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