Originally written on JE Boxing  |  Last updated 4/14/12

20 Apr 2002: Gary Lockett of Wales on his way to defeat against Yuri Tsarenko of Belarus during the WBO Intercontinental Light Middleweight Chapmionship in Cardiff, Wales. Mandatory Credit: John Gichigi/Getty Images
By JE GrantBudding superstar, Ohio’s Kelly Pavlik, is putting more than his Ring Magazine World Middleweight Championship on the line when he faces number one alphabet contender "Rocket" Gary Lockett Saturday in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. He knows that ultra-lucrative dates with boxing’s elite abound with a victory over the untested and likely overrated Lockett. Despite having beaten no middleweight fighter resembling top-ten status, Lockett has "rocketed" to the top of one of the organizations whose belt Pavlik owns.  Thus, another in the latest series of “mandatories” in boxing that have to be taken care of while a champion awaits bouts with fighters actually deserving of a title opportunity. Interestingly, while one of the alphabet sanctioning bodies sees Lockett as "number one" the other organization that recognizes Pavlik as champion lists Lockett at number fifteen.   Fortunately, the Ring is not hindered by the influences of any of the numerous (and clearly illegitimate) ...
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