Pavlik responds to Edwin Rodriguez! â€śI'd rather watch paint dry than fight Rodriguezâ€ť
8CN contacted the former undisputed middleweight world champion Kelly Pavlik in order to get his reaction to being called out on national television by Edwin Rodriguez. Last night on HBO's â€śBoxing After Darkâ€ť, Rodriguez after soundly defeating Jason Escalera called out Kelly Pavlik. Why Kelly Pavlik? 8CN spoke with Pavlik this afternoon and got his reaction. Listen to the Podcast HERE
8CN â€“ Kelly what is your response to Edwin Rodriguez? He called you out loud and clear on HBO last night.
KP - I didn't see the fight. I could care less about watching Rodriguez fight. Every time I watch him fight, I'd rather watch paint dry. He got beat by Rosinsky, the kid that I just I beat. They robbed Rosinsky. I mean if they want to make this fight, then make the fight but I got bigger things to do. There's bigger fights out there than Edwin Rodriguez. I'm a former world champion. I made big fights, I don't need to fight him. If wants to call me out, that's fine but he's horrible. I would take that fight IF they pay big money for it. I got word of him calling me out, so I don't need him.
8CN â€“ He wasn't being disrespectful. I'm guessing in your mind, taking a fight Vs. him is going backwards for you?
KP â€“ Exactly, it would be going backwards. I know he wasn't trying to say anything bad but my point is, to call somebody out, that doesn't show class. I used to tell people that I would fight Godzilla, but to call someone out? People call me out all the time, and look what happens.
8CN â€“ Do you think they specifically called you out because they think you are washed up, and can use you as a stepping stone?
KP â€“ I think that's a very good question. I think that's a possibility. Why wouldn't they call out Ward or Froch?
8CN â€“ Do you have anything else to add?
KP â€“ Sometimes you get what you wish for. He may want to retract his statement. At this point it needs to make money sense. I'm a 12 year pro, two world titles, and I only lost to Martinez and Hopkins. If this fight is the ONLY fight out there? Then lets make it happen.