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25 JULY 2017

 

Pavlik-Lockett: Ready to Go


Kelly Pavlik: HoganPhotos.com
Kelly Pavlik: HoganPhotos.com

Jerry Glick reporting: Middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik and his challenger Gary Lockett met in New York City at famous Gallagher’s Steakhouse to hype their title fight at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday, June 7th.

Pavlik is on weight, he said he weighs 159 ½ pounds right now and he wants to hear that bell. Is he ready?

“Yes I am,” said the man they call Ghost and the Throwback Champion. “Long training camp and I’m ready to get back in there.”

Does he see anything in Lockett’s arsenal and style that he can take advantage of? “Oh yeah,” said the Champ. “We see a lot.”

“I watch just enough to get a feel. We see some of the mistakes, the conditioning. I have my trainer watch the rest and we go over it in training.”

Kelly said that Lockett leads with his hook, “You can see it coming,” said Pavlik, and he intends to counter it.

He refused to make a prediction other than to say he expects a “W”.

Pavlik’s training routine is hard work that is broken into segments.

“We’d eat in the morning then go workout. Then take three hours off, then eat, then go workout. But now we do it a little quicker. We eat, workout then rest a little bit,” explained Pavlik.

The Champion said that he knows who he will have in front of him come fight night.

“We watched all the fights on him (Lockett),” said the Pavlik. “He comes to fight. We trained as hard as we have for any fight including the first Taylor fight.”

He knows that when a fighter challenges for the title they raise their game.

“This is going to be the best Gary Lockett anyone has fought.” With a title opportunity on the line Pavlik feels that Lockett will be the best he can be.

He expects that there will be a good turnout of his fans from his hometown.

“Right now there a big buzz in Youngstown about people coming down for the fight. I’m hoping; the more people, that’s better.”

The challenger, Gary “The Rocket” Lockett, from Cwmbran, Wales, expressed a little bit of awe with the news that he was getting his big chance at the world title.

“When I think of the illustrious names who have fought for the middleweight title, it sends chills down my spine,” said Lockett.

The challenger is confident of victory, and that it will not go the distance, “I have a great chance if winning it,” he said. “It will be a great fight while it lasts.”

Lockett told this reporter that he would not have taken the fight if he didn’t see an opportunity to win.

Lockett is being trained by a familiar face, Enzo Calzaghe, who has some tall fighters in his gym who Lockett trains with. Among the tall men that the 5’10” Lockett has sparred with in preparation for the 6’2 ½” Pavlik, is former Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Maccarinelli, who is an inch taller than Pavlik.

He admitted that he was three or four pounds over the 160 pound limit but that it will be no problem reaching that goal at the weigh in.

Bob Arum, of Top Rank, the show’s promoter, made note of how well behaved all of the fighters have been at recent press conferences.

“I have been on a whirlwind,” said Arum. “Four press conferences for Cotto-Margarito. Two press conferences in the last week for Pacquaio-Diaz, and this press conference; and I must say that I was so proud of the fighters. Every single one was conducted with dignity the way sportsmen should behave.”

He added that it is important that boxers refrain from acting out during press conferences for the good of boxing.

Arum said that Pavlik came from nowhere to be a big part of the American psyche.

“Kelly Pavlik became an overnight sensation after seven years of very, very hard work,” said Arum as he introduced the champion. “When he knocked out Jermain Taylor to become Middleweight Champion people woke up to this kid from Youngstown, Ohio; unheralded, not a wise guy, not somebody who paraded around in bling, but a down to earth hard working symbol of America.”

When Marvin Hagler had that image we used to call him “the blue collar champion.”

PUNCHLINES

PAPA MIKE

Papa Mike Pavlik was on hand and he spoke to SecondsOut about a few things.

“He feels really great,” said Mike. “He worked out really hard. He had a hard training camp, he’s ready to go.”

Has being champion changed Kelly in any way?

“It just made him work a little harder now, you know, to defend the belts. He put a very hard camp in.”

JACK LOWE

It is amazing, but the trainer of the Middleweight Champion of the World told this reporter that he is still very much in his contracting business. “I have a job on Tuesday,” said Lowe.

BOXING MATHAMATICS 101

“Why isn’t Cotto-Margarito in Atlantic City? The reason for that is (what) we have to do, to make this work in pay per view buys,” stated Arum. “Margarito is going to drive the pay per view buys above the 350 we got for Cotto-Mosley. And we felt that coming out of a west coast venue, we could help the number of buys for this reason, if the fight was in Atlantic City or in New York, none of the writers from the west coast, and the southwest would go because their sports editors wouldn’t allow it and we need those writers covering the fight. So if the fight’s in Las Vegas they buy the sixty dollar ticket on Southwest Airlines and they can cover the fight.”

He said with cheaper hotel prices Las Vegas and a small traveling cost, “They can convince their editors to come and cover the fight.”

As far as the east coast writers are concerned, they will cover it and travel because Cotto is the established fighter.

Also on the card will be a WBO junior featherweight title defense by Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon against top contender Juan Manuel Lopez.


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