Kelly Pavlik (pictured left) has made several changes the last few years.
From changing his training camp location, to cleaning up his personal life, the former WBC and WBO middleweight champion says he is ready to get back into the hunt.
The 30-year-old super middleweight will take on Queens native Will Rosinsky (16-1, 9 KOs) in a 10-round bout on Saturday at the Home Dept Center in Carson, Ca. On HBO’s Championship Boxing.
Pavlik (39-2, 34 KOs) has won three straight fights since a unanimous-decision loss to Sergio Martinez in April, 2010. But his last fight –a seventh-round TKO of Scott Sigmon– took place on June eighth.
Is the “Ghost” coming back to quickly?
Most veteran boxers on the comeback trail are selective about who and when they fight. Pavlik, with wins over Jermain Taylor (2), Marco Antonio Rubio and Edison Miranda, couldn’t been more patient, but he chose to resume his career in earnest.
“I am feeling really good in camp right now and there was no hesitation in coming back so soon,” said Pavlik. “This is a golden opportunity for me to be back on HBO and it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I was off for a week and a half so I was still in very good shape.”
Pavlik’s trainer Robert Garcia doesn’t see a problem with the short time between fights.
Said Garcia: “He took a week off after his last fight then came back into the gym to prepare for this fight. He just kept going and nothing has changed. His power is there. Fighting at 168 is a lot easier for him to make weight. After that week off he weighed 172 so he only needed to take off four pounds. He’s in great spirits and coming back to win another title.”
Top Rank boss Bob Arum, Pavlik’s promoter, agreed.
“Kelly is a throwback. In the old days, fighters used to fight often,” said Arum. “Sugar Ray Robinson and Jake LaMotta fought twice in a 10-day period and they fought three times in a 30-day period. Guys that are now fighting twice a year aren’t doing themselves any favors.”
Part of Pavlik’s willingness to fight after such a short layoff is due to his training camp relocation. Pavlik moved his camp to Oxnard, Ca. He still maintains a residence in Ohio, but does his training in Oxnard.
“It was definitely important [to train inOxnard). I am not here to knock anybody or anything like that but I wasn’t going any further where I was,” Pavlik said. “On the personal part, when I get out here I don’t have any distractions or headaches. I am able to focus on what I’m here to do and that’s been very important.”
As for his future, Pavlik said he has been impressed with Andre Ward and has his eyes on Karl Froch.
First thing’s first, however, and he has to get past Rosinsky.
“This kid is a good fighter – a very game fighter and he’s going to come to fight,” said Pavlik. “He’s coming off a fight so he is ready too.”