Thursday, June 5, 2008

Kelly Looking to Rocket Past the Middle



If ghosts are supposed to be able to go under the radar, then Gary Lockett may best be suited for the moniker the undisputed middleweight champion holds. Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik, the tall, pale, and hard-hitting undefeated fighter from the rough, blue-collar Youngstown town of economically strained Ohio is clearly the middleweight everyone wants to see.

This Saturday night, little known and unseen Lockett will look to upset Pavlik, the heavy betting favorite in Atlantic City. While "The Rocket Man" has a very good record of 31-1 21 KO's, the names on his resume are dubious at best. The fighter from Wales is trained by Joe Calzaghe's father/trainer, Enzo Calzaghe. But as we all saw what happened when the elder Calzaghe worked the corner of Enzo Maccarinelli against David Haye, you can train a lot of things but you can't train a chin. Maybe Pavlik will be the first to test Lockett's. Or maybe Locket will make the Ghost disappear.

Williams Looks to Avenge Loss

This year was supposed to be the breakout year for the new millennium Tommy Hearns, Paul "The Punisher" Williams. We assumed he would dispatch of Carlos Quintana as easily as Pavlik should do this weekend. But instead, as is only with the contact sports, Williams is already in a comeback of sorts when he looks to reverse the decision this time around. Regardless of the outcome, it would be nice to see Williams move up a weight or two.

UFC 85: Matt Hughes Returns Against Surging Fighter

In almost a filler of sorts in an action-packed weekend until the Jackson-Griffin fight, future UFC Hall of Fame Fighter and former welterweight champion Matt Hughes will look to get back on the winning track against surging ko fighter Thiago Alves this Saturday at 3 PM. Alves who stopped the never before ko'd Karo Parysian and the hard to stop Chris Lytle, will have his golden opportunity against a man only Georges St. Pierre, current welterweight champion, seems to have winning formula against.

In other news ...

Holyfield has Heavy Problems:
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/news-article.aspx?storyid=110792

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