By John J. Raspanti - Carl “The Cobra” Froch is a notorious trash talker. Kelly "The Ghost” Pavlik is not.
Froch said earlier this year that he thought, ‘Pavlik was still in rehab.’"
Pavlik didn’t take to kindly to the words spoken by the IBF super
middleweight champion. Frankly, he thought they were flat out rude.
“I would like to fight Carl Froch,” Pavlik said during an appearance on
Sky Sports boxing show Ringside. “Some of those heated words and some of
the things Froch has said to me before hurt a little bit.”
Pavlik (40-2, 34 KOs ) has posted three straight victories after two
stints in rehab for alcohol abuse. On July 7, he won a decision over
firefighter Will Rosinsky. His performance was adequate at best. Pavlik,
31, captured the middleweight championship in 2007 by knocking out
He beat Taylor in a rematch, but lost – in a non-title bout, to Bernard
Hopkins in 2008. Pavlik held on to the title until he met Sergio
Martinez in 2010, losing by unanimous decision. His second spell in
rehab followed the Martinez bout. In October 2011, he moved to Oxnard ,
CA to work with respected trainer Robert Garcia.
“The promoter has to make it, but I want the match,” Pavlik said. “He
has been saying things and so have I, so let’s get this ready to go.”
Froch (27-2, 21 KOs) is still flying high after his convincing victory
over Lucian Bute in his home town of Nottingham two months ago. Froch,
35, was ready to retire if he lost to the undefeated Bute . In his last
fight, he was out-boxed and out-foxed by Andre Ward in the Super Six
tournament final. He entered the Bute fight a substantial underdog. That
soon changed as Froch was able to hurt Bute continually with right
hands. He eventually stopped the undefeated Romanian in the fifth round.
Froch dismisses Pavlik as a fighter he could handle easily.
“Pavlik has been calling me out, so I'd like to shut him up,” Foch told BBC Nottingham.
"If we can get him over to Nottingham , that's one that fans would want," added Froch.
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