Other than that, all is well in the world of Kelly Pavlik.
But seriously, what is next for the man some pundits considered unstoppable, the man who would enjoy a title reign as long or longer than the man who demolished him for twelve rounds a week ago? Well first, apparently some rest and relaxation. If the rumors are true that Pavlik was ill the week of the fight and had to take fluids, it might explain his lethargic performance. It probably isn't enough to give him the fight, but it would explain why his punches seemed to lack any snap.
I, for one, would not want to be the next guy Pavlik has to step in the ring with. He'll be looking for a spectacular comeback knockout, and the victim could be WBC mandatory challenger Marco Antonio Rubio, who won a snoozefest of a split decision over Enrique Ornelas on the undercard.
Another piece of advice for Pavlik would be not to take a fight he doesn't want, like he did the Hopkins fight. Granted, deals with several other fighters had fallen through (Sergio Mora, Calzaghe, Paul Williams, Rubio, Randy Griffin and John Duddy), Arthur Abraham had his own mandatory with Raul Marquez and Felix Sturm doesn't want to get anywhere near Pavlik, unless it's in Germany (where a knockout doesn't guarantee you a win).
Pavlik's best bet is to destroy Rubio, which he should do quickly, then see what Abraham does after he likely beats Marquez. There's talk of Abraham fighting Winky Wright in the U.S. next year, and if that happens, Pavlik should start cleaning out the division, unless a fight with Williams or Sturm can be made. He's going to have to anyway, if he wants to be seen as the undisputed champ who takes on all comers. If Abraham fights Wright and Pavlik fights, say, Duddy, then Pavlik and Abraham can fight next summer or fall. It'll be a classic.
Speaking of cleaning out the division, Antonio Margarito seems to be doing just that in the welterweight division. Of the top 147-fighters, he's already beaten Joshua Clottey, Miguel Cotto, Kermit Cintron (twice), Carlos Quintana and lost a narrow decision to Williams. Now there's talk of a fight with Shane Mosley in January. It should be interesting, and could lead to a rematch with Cotto in June or July, or with Clottey or Williams later in the year. If Margarito can win those fights, he will be seen as the overall champ. Of course, destroying Floyd Mayweather would cement that status overnight. But Floyd is a chicken and won't fight Margarito.
Any of us boxing fans who watched the Lucian Bute/Librado Andrade IBF super middleweight title fight on ShoBox Friday saw why it is dangerous for any fighter to go on the road outside the United States. Bute, who fights out of Montreal (where the fight took place) dominated Andrade for 10 of the first 11 rounds, then ran out of gas in the 12th and Andrade knocked him almost cold in the final seconds. Referee Marlon B. Wright (also a Montreal native) started the count, then stopped it to yell at Andrade to go to a neutral corner. One problem though: Andrade was in the neutral corner and not coming forward. The delay allowed Bute to beat the count and keep his belt.
The simple truth is that Andrade was beating Bute around the ring so bad that Wright could have stopped the fight at any time in the final 30 seconds and no one would have questioned it (at least in the states). But all he did was secure the victory for the hometown fighter, then rub salt in the wound by saying that Andrade cost himself the knockout by leaving the corner in an interview.
The right thing to do would be for the IBF to order an immediate rematch in a neutral location. But given that the IBF forced Paulie Malignaggi and Verno Phillips to give up titles over upcoming fights because of ranking issues, I don't see that happening.