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The dominoes began to fall Tuesday when light heavyweight and super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe ended his relationship with promoter Frank Warren.
That Calzaghe severed ties with Warren means he will try to finalize a fall showdown with Roy Jones Jr. rather than a fight with middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, which Warren was pushing.

It also means Pavlik, who will also fight in the fall before a likely unification bout with Arthur Abraham in early 2009, may bide his time by defending against Sergio Mora, the first-season winner of "The Contender" who claimed a junior middleweight belt by upsetting Vernon Forrest on June 7.
Warren, fancied the fight with Pavlik, and during the promotion of Pavlik's June 7 knockout of the Warren-promoted Gary Lockett, Warren and Pavlik promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank spent a lot of time together working on Calzaghe-Pavlik.
However, Calzaghe was never seriously interested in the fight and also announced what many had speculated about since the Hopkins fight -- that his contract with Warren had ended.
Warren, the United Kingdom's dominant promoter, worked with Calzaghe for most of his career, guiding him through an 11-year super middleweight title reign, the light heavyweight title win in April and an undefeated record.
Calzaghe's move alters Pavlik's plans. The middleweight champ hoped to jump up to super middleweight and challenge Calzaghe, but now the team has changed direction and is eyeing Mora.

"I think it's an attractive fight," Arum told "Mora is better known than anyone else available because of 'The Contender' series and he just won a title at 154, but I have always known him to be a 160-pound guy."
Indeed, Mora moved down in weight for the shot at Forrest.
Arum said the fight would take place either Sept. 27 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., where Pavlik has fought two of his last three bouts, or Oct. 18 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Because Pavlik does not have a contract with any television network, Arum said the broadcaster of a proposed Pavlik-Mora bout was unsettled.

Pavlik's first choice, of course, was Calzaghe, but manager Cameron Dunkin said he understood Calzaghe's decision to pursue Jones instead.
"Mora is a good fighter and a good name," Dunkin told "I don't think Calzaghe really wanted anything to do with Kelly. He wants to fight Roy Jones at 175. I don't think he wants to fight a young puncher. I understand that. I don't like it, but he has the right to do it. Calzaghe is a terrific fighter."
Arum said that if Pavlik beats Mora, he would fight Abraham next.

"Obviously, for me, the best fight is Arthur Abraham, but that is not available until early next year," Arum said. "I know [Top Rank president] Todd duBoef has been talking to [Sauerland Event's] Chris Meyer and we're going to do that fight, but first Abraham has an obligation to do his mandatory against Raul Marquez. Marquez is a good guy and a hard worker and I don't want to do anything to get in the way of his opportunity."
Arum was impressed by Abraham's performance.
"I thought he looked very good and we're looking for Kelly to fight him next year," Arum said, adding that he hoped to stage the fight in late January or early February.

Source: ESPN - Shunned by Calzaghe, Pavlik looks to fight Mora instead - Boxing

Enzo Calzaghe, father/trainer of Joe Calzaghe, said his son will never fight WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik. He says Pavlik has not earned his right for a bout with Calzaghe and he feels Roy Jones Jr. will be a tougher fight for his son.
"At the end of the day it's never going to happen," Calzaghe told Setanta Sports. "Simply because I don't feel he deserves a shot yet at the big-time. On the back of one performance against a subdued, light fighter. There's a vast, vast difference between Gary and Joe Calzaghe. Gary would be the first to say that. It's chalk and cheese.
"I'm not interested in boosting the profile of a fight that aint going to happen. At the end of the day, you've got Carl Froch, you've got everybody coming up with some [fight]. We want the best available. Someone who I have always admired. Let's be honest about it. Do you think Pavlik deserves to be mentioned on that level? Pound-for-pound as the best fighter in the world?"

Calzaghe says fighting Jones will provide his son with more motivation. He doesn't think Pavlik has done anything special to be considered above the level of Jones.

"I look at it with a different perspective," Calzaghe added. "Motivation is about will. Will is about passion. Does he care about the public, Joe? No. So why scream about it. I want rewarded. Joe wants to be rewarded. Let this guy [Pavlik] win five/eight different belts. Come and talk to me face-to-face, pound-for-pound, somebody who can have a chance to jump the ship."

"Without a question of a doubt. Big Time. He beat Jermain Taylor so what? Joe would have wiped the floor with Jermain Taylor. A Light weight small puncher. So we should give a fight to everyone who wants one? 'It's my turn next'. Let him earn the right to go into the position. In Britain half the public don't know who Pavlik is, only the connoseurs of boxing. It's not bigger than Roy Jones-Calzaghe, its impossible.

"Without question it is the harder fight. But Joe said he wants to go out in flying colors. The best beats the best. He's got a right to that claim. He deserves it. Hypothetically, if the s*** hits the fan it happened with an all-time great."

Enzo Calzaghe: "A Kelly Pavlik Fight Will Never Happen" - Boxing News

Enzo is scared straight, he needs to close his mouth and fall back.

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Of course he is, he's just trying to save face anyway he can, you know I would really admire these guys even more if they had the guts to admit, " we feel Mr Pavlick would be too dagenrous of a fight for us at this time in our careers while grateful for the offer at this time we must humbly decline " I mean no one is invincible, so why the shame that there's probably a better man out there, but I suppose it's a little too much too ask for any champ to humble themselves and admit that they could loose......
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