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Pavlik fight called off

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Kelly Pavlik confirms to 21 Sports that his fight Saturday against Darryl Cunningham is off.

Pavlik says, "The fight is off and the Bute fight is not going to happen. I'm not going to fight a southpaw for peanuts."

Pavlik says it was his decision to call the fight off saying it was a "business decision."

According to Pavlik's trainer, Jack Loew, Pavlik was not happy with the 1.3 million dollars he was getting for fighting Bute. 

As far as Pavlik's future in boxing, Loew is not sure.  "Only Kelly can tell you that; when or if he's going to fight again," Loew said.

"Top Rank is very disappointed at Kelly's sudden decision to discontinue the rebuilding of his boxing career," said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank, Pavlik's promoter. "Kelly's team specifically outlined a strategy for Kelly to return to the ring in an effective fashion. Kelly's team gave us their objectives and we set them on a course, which began last May with Kelly's fight against Alfonso Lopez and was to continue on Saturday against Darryl Cunningham. It seems Kelly has derailed this plan."

The Pavlik-Cunningham bout was scheduled to take place on Saturday at the Covelli Centre.   Ticket holders can get a refund by returning their tickets to the place of purchase.

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