Hill City boxer looks to gain national attention tonight on ESPN2
While the entire boxing world awaits Saturday night’s showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley, a boxer from the Hill City looks to put himself on the map tonight not far down the road.
Scott “Cujo” Sigmon, who trains out of the The Hurt Factory, in Lynchburg, enters the ring against Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Friday night.
In what is said to be the biggest fight of his professional career, the Bedford native, enters the contest with an overall record of 22 – 3 having won six fights in a row and 14 of his last 15.
The one time World Champion, Pavlik, is currently the #2 boxer in the Super Middleweight Division. After losing his title in April 2010 to Sergio Martinez, the Ohio native was set to face off against Brian Vera as the co-main event in the Manny Pacquiao / Antonio Margarito fight later that year.
The Ghost, acting in true form, withdrew from the fight due to a rib injury before enrolling in an alcohol rehabilitation program some odd weeks later.
Pavlik is said to be the overwhelming favorite Friday evening although he has lost two of his last six fights. Since returning to the ring, he has defeated Alfonso Lopez and Aaron Jaco with ease, and looks to make Cujo his next victim on his so called “tune-up tour”.
He has a three and half inch height advantage on Sigmon, but Sigmon has the youth advantage being five years younger than the 30 year old.
The fight, which is will be televised on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights, has all the pre-bell banter that fans love and just about every person in the boxing world has already chalked up a “W” for Pavlik.
One thing that has to be mentioned is Pavlik’s corner is already planning a fight in August against Adonis Stephenson. One of the most dangerous things an athlete can do in sports is overlooking an opponent, so don’t be surprised if the Ghost gets busted.