Gaylord Texan Hotel, a magnificent structure that could compete on even terms with the best of resorts in Las Vegas played host this morning to a press conference to promote Kelly Pavlik’s middleweight title defense against an exciting Argentine, Sergio Martinez.The twelve round middleweight championship bout is scheduled to take place on April 17th, on Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The contest will be televised live on HBO, starting 10:00 pm Eastern Time with a co featured super middleweight championship bout between Lucian Bute and Edison Miranda transmitted first from Canada.
HBO’s Kerry Davis his excitement about upcoming match up since both Pavlik and Martinez have been involved in some very compelling bouts on HBO. Styles make fights and this one has all the ingredients of a great battle.
Hall of fame promoter Bob Arum reminisced about promoting one of the middleweight legends, Carlos Manzon and suggested that he is very happy to bring another very talented Argentine fighter to test a middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik.
“I am sure that I will win, “said Sergio Martinez through the interpreter:” Not only will I win; I will win by knock out. I will take this belt back to Argentina and I will always be behind my idol Carlos Manzon.”
“Let’s get something straight,” interjected Jack Loew, Kelly Pavlik’s long time trainer and confidant:” Sergio Martinez is not Manzon and will not go home with the title.”
“Kelly Pavlik shocked the world, not us, “said Bob Arum introducing his fighter to the press:” When he knocked out Germaine Taylor: “we are planning on him reining a middleweight division for years to come.”
“I want to thank Sergio Martinez for taking this fight,” said Kelly Pavlik in his opening statement:” I am excited. He is a very difficult opponent and we are going to have a great fight.”
Pavlik to reporters at length after the press conference and assured every one that all the rumors about his unhealthy living are just that, rumors. He has had a great camp in Youngstown, so far with sparring partners that duplicate the style of Martinez and that they are going to move the training camp to Florida for the final stage. Pavlik is very confident and plans to stay at middleweight for a while and has Paul Williams in his future plans, but considers Martinez a more difficult opponent.
Finally Bob Arum praised Sergio Martinez for moving up in weight to challenge a middleweight champion and suggested that after Pavlik successfully defends his title on April17th, Sergio could move down in weight and defend his light middleweight crown against an undefeated American challenger Vanes Martirosyan who was on hand to acknowledge that he was ready for the challenge.