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Pavlik Still Has Something to Prove

Pavlik Still Has Something to Prove


Kelly Pavlik is no stranger to criticism and rumor-mongering. So it's no wonder the middleweight title-holder still feels he has something to prove. When he battles Argentinean Sergio Martinez in a match-up ESPN.com's Dan Rafael labeled "a first-class, A-level fight that should be competitive and exciting," Pavlik wants to show that he's a true champion--i.e., a fighter who fights the best.

Speaking at a recent press conference for the April 17 bout against Martinez at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Pavlik acknowledged the setbacks of the previous year, as well as the fact that Martinez is a tough opponent. "I think that was our one way of showing that we'll fight anybody that's up at the top," Pavlik said of agreeing to the Martinez bout.

Of course, many felt the Youngstown, Ohio, native had already shown the world what he's capable of, most recently with his decisive win over a game Miguel Espino late last year. But like his gutsy hometown, which has been hit hard by the recession, Pavlik takes adversity head on.

Watch Pavlik's speech at the presser below, as well as that of Martinez--who promised to walk away with Pavlik's belt via knock out--and tell us who you think will win and why.

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