PAVLIK - HOPKINS IS ON!!!
By Marc Abrams
According to Dan Rafael of espn.com, World Middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik will take on former two-divison champ Bernard Hopkins on October 18th in Atlantic City.
Pavlik settled on Hopkins after fights with Joe Calzaghe, Winky Wright, Paul Williams, Marco Antonio Rubio, John Duddy & Randy Griffin did not materialize for various reasons.
Pavlik, 34-0 with thirty knockouts is coming off a fourth round destruction over Gary Lockett in the same Boardwalk Hall venue for which the fight will Hopkins will take place.
Hopkins, 48-5-1 with thirty-two knockouts is coming off a split decision loss to Calzaghe on April 19th in Las Vegas. Hopkins made history the last time he fought in Boardwalk Hall when he scored a unanimous decision over then light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver.
With Pavlik's rabid fan base and Hopkins close proximately to Atlantic City it is safe to say that Boardwalk Hall will be rocking on October 18th.
The bout will be contested at 170 lbs.
HBO Pay-Per-View will televise