Kelly Pavlik Begins Year No. 2 of Middleweight Title Reign Tomorrow!

Kelly PavlikYOUNGSTOWN, OH (September 28, 2008) -- One year ago tomorrow, KELLY "The Ghost" PAVLIK transformed himself from the No. 1 middleweight contender into world middleweight champion and boxing folk hero. It was on Saturday, September 29, 2007, in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, that Pavlik pulled himself off the canvas after a second round knockdown, served up by undefeated defending champion Jermain Taylor, to come roaring back, knocking out Taylor in the seventh round.

More than just the passing of the torch for one of boxing's most hallowed titles, Pavlik's victory single-handedly rejuvenated interest in the sport. Beyond his punching power and gun-slinger style of fighting, media and fans alike have embraced Pavlik for his dedication to civic duty and his self-deprecating sense of humor, which first surfaced hours after his world title victory when he made fun of himself after he discovered on his flight home to Youngstown that he had left his purse check in his Atlantic City hotel room!

Since winning the title, Pavlik (34-0, 30 KOs), defeated Taylor in a February rematch, fought at super middleweight, in Las Vegas, and knocked out No. 1 contender middleweight contender Gary Lockett in the third round of his first world title defense, fought in June, at Boardwalk Hall. In less than three weeks, on Saturday, October 18, Pavlik will take on two-division world champion and living legend Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins (48-5-1, 32 KOs), broadcast live via HBO Pay-Per-View from Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, where he has become a proven gate attraction. His fight with Hopkins, which will be fought at light heavyweight, will be Pavlik's third fight in as many different weight classes, all fought within a nine month period.

Below, please find two articles from Pavlik's hometown newspaper, The Vindicator, commemorating Kelly's the landmark first year of his world middleweight title reign.'s-all-its-been/

Remaining tickets to Pavlik vs. Hopkins, priced at $700, $500, $350, $200, $100 and $75, can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall box office, by calling Ticketmaster (800) 736-1420 or online at

Promoted by Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions, in association with Caesars Atlantic City, the Pavlik vs. Hopkins pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT has a suggested retail price of $49.95, will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to more than 71 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. HBO Pay-Per-View is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. For Pavlik vs. Hopkins fight week updates, log onto

Article posted on 29.09.2008

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