The much anticipated Dec. 5 title bout between middleweight Kelly Pavlik an Paul Williams has been postponed. Pavlik had to pull out because of a re-aggravated hand injury which was caused by a staph infection.
8 months ago, Pavlik the Youngstown, Ohio native had acquired a staph infection in his left hand which although now gone has left him unable to make a closed fist. This was the same infected hand injury that required two surgeries to help fix, forcing him to cancel prior fights.
According to a report by the Vindicator, Jack Loew, Kelly Pavlik’s long time trainer said boxing promoters upon hearing the news gave team Pavlik two options, Move the fight to Dec. 19 or go up in weight and fight at 168.
Loew refuses to move up in weight and insists that he was the one who called for the fight to be postponed not Kelly.
If team Pavlik would reconsider and move up to the 168lb division. A possible inclusion of Kelly Pavlik in the Showtime Super 6, super-middleweight tournament would make for some very intriguing match ups.
Pavlik could be a replacement if Jermain Taylor decides to drop the tournament or is deemed unable to continue due to his devastating ko loss by Arthur Abraham he suffered in the first stage of the tournament.
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