Recently, both Jack Loew and
Kelly Pavlik gave quite incendiary interviews to WMFJ-TV in Youngstown. No need
to go into details but it’s fair to say that their relationship is irreparably
damaged. The raw footage of both Jack’s TV interview and Kelly’s phone
interview was posted by the station a couple of weeks ago. It’s actually kinda
sad. I don’t care to go into details or take sides. Let TMZ do that.
Pavlik did tell me that he
is all set to head out to California and train with Robert Garcia and will
leave just after Christmas. He hinted that his return bout could be as early as
February, possibly on the East Coast. I’ll keep you informed.
“Friday Night Fights” Season
Premiere: Cut ‘n Shoot, Da Momma’s Boy and Dannie Williams
Speaking of Jack Loew, he
remains busy at the Southside Gym, getting both lightweight Dannie Williams and
welterweight Willie Nelson ready for the Key West card that will be this
season’s ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” premiere. Neither Williams nor Nelson are
expected to be on the televised part of the card. It will be interesting to see
what Loew can do with the very tall Nelson after he was dropped three times by
Vincent Arroyo in his first pro loss. Williams needs a strong 2012 campaign but
did seem to be turning the corner late in ’11, although against less than
The televised portion of the
show will feature one of our honorary East Coast fighters, Alfonso Lopez of Cut
‘n Shoot, Texas, against Dyah Davis. This is a great matchup with a real “Go-or-go-home”
feel to it. I like Lopez to outwork and outmuscle Davis but I’m hesitant to
count Davis out. This is a real toss-up to start the year.
The first televised bout on
the card will be undefeated Bronx junior middleweight Steven Martinez squaring
off against once highly-touted prospect Denis “Da Momma’s Boy” Douglin, who
received national press for the fact he is trained by his mother. Martinez,
11-0 (9), has yet to face anything close to real test while Douglin, 13-1 (8),
was stopped in his only test by Doel Carrasquillo last February. Not just a fight
but Douglin’s career is on the line in this one.