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Pavlik shows no concern with quick turnaround

By Chris Cozzone

Taking a high profile HBO fight on short notice, just two weeks after last stepping into the ring, former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik expressed little concern with the quick turnaround on a national teleconference today. “I’m back on HBO again,” said Pavlik, 39-2, 34 KOs, who will take on Will Rosinsky, 16-1, 9 KOs, on a Top Rank doubleheader July 7. “There was no hesitation – I couldn’t pass this up. You got to make that move, to be back on a major network. This is my career.”

Pavlik, trainer Robert Garcia, and manager Cameron Dunkin also had this to say:

On fighting for another title, at 168: “That’s my main goal right now. That’s why I made this move to Oxnard. I didn’t think I’d get this opportunity back home (in Youngstown, Ohio.) . . . I came out here to train and it’s helped my home life, helps keep me grounded and going forward. I’m not going to knock anybody but I wasn’t going any farther where I was at.”

On last fight, and appearing fatigued in mid-rounds: “I wasn’t tired. I was having a little bit of fun. I tried to make it look that way. If he had some power that threatened me, I wouldn’t have fought that way. I was enjoying what I was doing.”

On Rosinsky: “He’s a game fighter. He really is. But he’s slow, not too fast. Not powerful, but not weak. He’s also coming off a fight, in an even shorter period, so I don’t see any problem taking this fight.”

Robert Garcia: “Nothing’s changed [since the last fight.] The power is there, the weight is there. He’s in great spirit. We’re coming out to win another title.”

Cameron Dunkin: “We do call this a comeback. I’m a little nervous about this fight, because it’s a quick turnaround, but we got the best trainer in the world. Kelly jumped on this fight in five seconds, and that shows me how bad he wants it.”


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