ATLANTIC CITY NJ (August 17, 2009) –- World Middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik and challenger Paul Williams have a new date, Nov. 21 for their title fight at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Pavlik and Williams were initially set to fight on October 3 at Boardwalk Hall, live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing; however, Pavlik has been bothered with an injury of the middle knuckle on his left hand which requires medical attention.
The press luncheon scheduled for Tuesday, August 18 has also been postponed to Tuesday, September 1.
Bob Arum of Top Rank made the announcement today.
Pavlik (35-1, 31 KOs), the star from Youngstown, Ohio, Ghost wrote a career year in 2007 against three of the best who boasted a combined record of 74-4-3 (55 KOs) when he faced them. The was the consensus “Fighter of the Year” for 2007 and a seventh-round stoppage of the previously undefeated Taylor, to claim the world middleweight championship, was selected as the “Fight of the Year” by the Boxing Writers Association of America and extended Pavlik’s two-year victory by knockout streak to nine bouts.
Williams (37-1, 27 KOs), from Atlanta, Georgia, boasts a 73% victory by knockout ratio and five victories over world champions, two good reasons why he is known as boxing’s “Most Feared Fighter.” The tall southpaw with the endless reserve of power and energy has twice captured the WBO welterweight title and returns to the ring after one of his most impressive victories, a thorough blitzkrieg of two-time junior middleweight champion Winky Wright this past April.
Pavlik vs. Williams in promoted by Top Rank and Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with Caesars Atlantic City. The even will be hosted by Caesars Atlantic City.