How Kelly Pavlik Can Have a Successful Boxing Comeback

Henry MartinSenior Analyst IApril 23, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 07:  Kelly Pavlik stretches before his super middleweight fight against Alfonso Lopez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 7, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pavlik won by majority decision.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (38-2 33 KOs) will return to the ring June 8th in an effort to stay busy. He will be facing off against Scott Sigmon (22-3 12 KOs), a mediocre fighter who holds the USNBC super middleweight title.

It's a minor belt that really isn't anything new to Pavlik.

Some people may be disappointed with the string of opponents Pavlik has been going through since his comeback, but it's an acceptable run.

Pavlik's last fight was against Aaron Jaco (15-3 KOs) who hasn't been very active. The purpose of this latest run was to test out the chemistry between him and his new trainer Robert Garcia.

Pavlik looked sharp, crisp and powerful and now seems back on track to challenge for a title again.

One or two more fights against lower-tier opposition should set him up for bigger fights. Giving him the opportunity to further strengthen the relationship with Garcia and get back some of the confidence he lost in his defeat to Sergio Martinez.

It's yet to be seen where Pavlik will be making his run at a title as he seems to be comfortable at super middleweight, but claims he can still make the middleweight class if the right fight comes calling.

A future opponent that has been thrown around by Bob Arum in the past was Lucian Bute.

Bute was initially offered to Pavlik when he returned, but seemed uncomfortable with the idea and went on a long layoff. Pavlik is getting in rhythm and should be ready for a Bute showdown later down the year.

Honestly, Pavlik is able to hang and maybe even beat any of the title holders at super middleweight except Andre Ward. His style matchup is just wrong for Pavlik and wouldn't favor him in the slightest. 

If Pavlik's lucky, he may get a shot at the WBO belt when Robert Stieglitz makes his defense against whoever replaces George Groves.

He'd most likely have to go overseas to challenge for it, but if Kelly Pavlik was to fight Stieglitz for the belt, the fight would not make it to the cards.