NEW YORK, NY (March 23, 2008) – Undefeated world middleweight champion KELLY “The Ghost” PAVLIK and No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger, Welshman GARY “The Rocket” LOCKETT will host a news conference luncheon in New York announcing their world middleweight title fight. It all takes place This Thursday! March 27, at BB King’s Blues Club Restaurant (243 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036), at 11:30 a.m. EDT.
Article posted on 23.03.2008
Pavlik (33-0, 29 KOs), from Youngstown, Ohio, returns to ring for his first world championship defense after back-to-back victories over former world champion Jermain Taylor. Pavlik and Lockett (30-1, 21 KOs), from Cwbran, Wales, boast a combined record of 63-1 (50 KOs) – a winning percentage exceeding 98% and a victory by knockout ratio of 79%! Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Frank Warren’s Sports Network and Caesars Atlantic City, the 12-round Pavlik-Lockett world middleweight championship fight will take place Saturday, June 7, at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, and will be broadcast live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:35 p.m. EDT / 6:35 p.m. PDT. The broadcast will open with Daniel Ponce De Leon (34-1, 30 KOs), from Mexico, defending his WBO junior featherweight title against undefeated No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger Juan Manuel Lopez (21-0, 19 KOs), from Puerto Rico.