Kelly Pavlik Could Headline at Dallas Cowboys' Stadium if he Beats Sergio Martinez
Dallas Cowboys' owner, Jerry Jones, has taken a liking to WBO and WBC middleweight (160 pounds) champion, Kelly Pavlik -- so much so that, if the Youngstown, Ohio, native wins his April 17 defense against southpaw, junior middleweight (154 pounds) champion, Sergio Martinez (pictured above, at right, with Pavlik), his next fight could be at The Dallas Cowboys' Stadium in Arlington, Tex., in the fall.
"Yeah, well that's a real possibility if he gets by this fight with Martinez," Top Rank CEO, Bob Arum, Pavlik's promoter, told FanHouse on Tuesday. "Kelly, made a really good impression on Jerry."
The 27-year-old Pavlik (36-1, 32 knockouts) met Jones in Arlington on Saturday, March 13, the day that he and Arum watched seven-division titlist, Manny Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs), score a lopsided, 12-round unanimous decision over Joshua Clottey (35-4, 20 KOs) in defense of his WBO welterweight (147 pounds) title at The Dallas Cowboys' Stadium.
"When we were in Dallas, we had a press conference with Pavlik and Martinez. And Kelly, his trainer, Jack Loew, and Kelly's father were at our Manny Pacquiao fight. And before the fight, they were brought up to Jerry Jones' box," said Arum.
"Pavlik made a really good impression on Jerry, who mentioned to me that if Pavlik won his next fight, he could headline, in the fall, at Cowboys' Stadium," said Arum, whose Pacquiao-Clottey fight drew 50,544 fans for the first-ever boxing event at the $1.2 billion Cowboys' Stadium.
"If he is able to beat Martinez and headline Cowboys' Stadium, then we're going to look for him to fight the best possible name," said Arum. "That's it. Kelly's got a tough fight ahead of him, but he's got a big incentive to win that fight, and, to headline Cowboys' Stadium in the fall."
A 35-year-old, Argentinian-born fighter who lives in Spain, Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KOs) will face Pavlik at Atlantic City's 3,000 seat Boardwalk Hall as part of a part of a same night, HBO-televised, double-header featuring Romanian-born left-handed IBF super middleweight (168 pounds) champion, Lucian Bute (25-0, 20 knockouts) defending his title against hard-hitting, Colombian, Edison Miranda (33-4, 29 KOs) in front of Bute's partisan fans at the Bell Center in Montreal.