17.01.06 - By Jim Amato: Youngstown's undefeated middleweight contender Kelly Pavlik was slated to meet dangerous Juan Luis Zertuche on the undercard of the Erik Morales-Manny Pacquiao rematch. A hand injury has forced Kelly to withdraw from the fight. Zertuche will now meet either Anthony Thompson or Fernando Zuniga..
The injury for Kelly, another in a long line of past setbacks may work in Kelly's favor this time. Maselino Masoe and Felix Sturm are meeting for the WBA middleweight title. Veteran Howard Eastman is facing off against Edison Miranda. The winner will meet IBF boss Arthur Abraham. With negotiations breaking down for a match between Jermain Taylor and Winky Wright, there is a good chance that a healed Kelly may meet either Taylor or Wright. It is most likely that Kelly will take on Wright. We'll have to wait and see how this scenario unfolds. Hopefully Kelly will catch a break.