Kelly Pavlik Blasts The Super Middleweight Tourney

Boxing Scene Mark Vester15th July, 2009

Most boxing fans in the United States, Germany, Denmark, Britian and other parts of the world are very excited about Showtime's Super Six tournament, that features six of the best super middleweights in the world, including Mikkel Kessler, Carl Froch, Andre Dirrell, Jermain Taylor, Andre Ward and Arthur Abraham - all facing off under round robin rules.

One man who is not exactly excited by the tournament is WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik. He told Youngstown scribe Joe Scalzo that he never wanted to be a part of the tournament and the money is not worth it. He also took a shot at Showtime when he told Scalzo that nobody watches the network and all of the big-time fighters are on HBO. He says the winner will jump over to HBO.

"Why would I be in that tournament when I'm a middleweight?" Pavlik said. "They never asked me and I never wanted to join. Let them beat each other up. Let them ruin their careers for peanuts."

"Those guys are fighting for peanuts. They're going to burn their whole career and for what? Nobody watches Showtime. Trust me, when the winner of that tournament fights his next fight, it'll be on HBO. I like HBO. I will fight for HBO. All the big-time fighters like Floyd Mayweather, [Manny] Pacquiao, [Miguel] Cotto, Shane Mosley, the Klitschkos - they all fight on HBO."

Whoever ends up being the tournament winner, Pavlik told Scalzo that he would be more than happy to move up to fight them.

"Whoever the winner is," Pavlik said, "I'll kick his [butt]."

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