Words: Robert Delgado – Los Angeles
Photos: Stacey Verbeek – Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas
Super middleweight contender Kelly Pavlik, 30, is on the cusp of career rejuvenation having successfully rehabilitated his personal life and takes on Scott Sigmon, 25, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas later tonight, Friday, June 8. Both Pavlik and Sigmon scaled in at 167lbs at the weigh-in yesterday, June 7 and, Kelly, if successful, could have a choice of bigger fights…
Having relocated from Youngstown, Ohio to Oxnard, California, Pavlik (38-2-0, 33ko) is taking instruction from Robert Garcia, developing his left hook to the body and enjoying gym-life with Robert Garcia Boxing Academy stable-mate Brandon Rios. The 30-year-old is about to engage in his second fight of the year – and his comeback – having already dispatched of Aaron Jaco in two rounds in March. Sigmon (22-3-0, 12ko), though, is regarded to provide as much competition as Jaco, as Pavlik is matched with journeyman-level opposition that will restore his confidence as he aims to land a fight of significance later in the year, or in 2013 against Adonis Stevenson, Lucian Bute or Carl Froch.