Kelly Pavlik May Meet Mikkel Kessler in Fall with Good Showing vs. Will Rosinsky

Mick AkersAnalyst IJuly 5, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 07:  Kelly Pavlik celebrates after defeating Alfonso Lopez by majority decision in the super middleweight fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 7, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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 As former world champion, Kelly Pavlik, continues his climb back to the top of the super middleweight division Saturday night against Will Rosinsky, a fall showdown against top super middleweight, Mikkel Kessler, could happen this fall with a strong showing from Pavlik.

Steve Kim of tweeted:



A name being mentioned for Kelly Pavlik in the fall( should he look good this weekend) according to Arum is Mikkel Kessler #boxing

— Steve Kim (@stevemaxboxing) July 5, 2012 


Pavlik (39-2, 34 KOs) must give his all against Rosinsky (16-1, 9 KOs) this weekend, as a win over Kessler in their possible fall bout could lead to the match Pavlik is looking for: A showdown with current IBF super middleweight title holder, Carl Froch.

The fight against Rosinsky on Saturday will be Pavlik's second fight in a month, as he scored an impressive seventh round TKO victory over Scott Sigmon last month on ESPN's Friday Night Fights.

Avoiding a lackadaisical showing this weekend against Rosinsky is key to Pavlik landing a career-changing bout against Kessler. Pavlik must avoid a Victor Ortiz-like disappointment from a few weeks ago, when Ortiz lost (per ESPN) to huge underdog, Josesitio Lopez, with a showdown with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on the line.

Pavlik's bout with little known Rosinsky has now become more than just his next tune-up bout, as his road back to the top of the sport he once ruled really begins Saturday night.