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Published: Sun, April 18, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.
  Pavlik Loss

Kelly Pavlik lost to Sergio Martinez in Atlantic City April 17, 2010. Trainer Jack Loew and Top rank's Bob Arum talk about the loss.

Kelly Pavlik lost to Sergio Martinez in Atlantic City April 17, 2010. Trainer Jack Loew and Top rank's Bob Arum talk about the loss.

  Pavlik Fans

Mahoning Valley fans made the trip to Atlantic City to cheer on Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik

Mahoning Valley fans made the trip to Atlantic City to cheer on Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik

In 12-round battle, Martinez outlasts Ghost

By Joe Scalzo



This time there were no excuses. No injuries. No blaming it on bronchitis or a staph infection or a bad night at the office.

Kelly Pavlik came into Saturday’s fight as the world’s best middleweight and left with two bloody eyes — and two fewer titles.

Thanks to a dominating performance over the final four rounds, Sergio Martinez won a unanimous decision to end Pavlik’s 21‚Ñ2-year reign in front of 6,179 fans at Boardwalk Hall.

Roberto Ramirez scored it 116-111, Barbara Perez had it 115-111 and Craig Metcalfe had it 115-112, all for Martinez. The Associated Press also scored it 115-112. The Vindicator scored it 115-113.

“He was a smart fighter,” said Pavlik, who fought the final four rounds with considerable blood around both eyes that spilled onto Martinez’s back. “He doubled up on the jab a lot after he cut me. I just couldn’t get anything going after the eighth or ninth round.”

Pavlik (36-2), normally the aggressor, was stymied by Martinez’s superior speed and boxing ability. Outside of a few middle rounds, Martinez repeatedly danced out of trouble and flicked both hands into Pavlik’s face, bloodying both eyes.

Pavlik’s cut man, Sid Brumbuck, said Pavlik would need a dozen stitches to close the inside of the eye and at least two dozen outside.

“He didn’t hurt me but he cut me,” Pavlik said. “He found a rhythm and smelled the blood.”

Martinez told reporters before the fight he planned to take control in the ninth round and followed through. He connected on 112 punches over the final four rounds, compared to 51 for Pavlik.

“It was a 12-round fight and I knew it would go the distance,” said Martinez, who was knocked down in the seventh round but never hurt. “I knew at the end I had to close strong.

“It was a 12-round plan and since I am the visitor, I knew it would be hard to win a decision.”

It was the second defeat of Pavlik’s career and first at middleweight. His earlier defeat was against Bernard Hopkins, a fight Pavlik fought at less than 100 percent due to an elbow injury and a bout with bronchitis.

Even though Martinez was moving up from junior middleweight and was at a size and strength disadvantage, he fought a tactically smart fight, refusing to stand in the middle of the ring and trade punches with the slugging Pavlik.

Pavlik, who weighed 178 pounds to Martinez’s 168 at the start of the fight, had opportunities to corner Martinez on several occasions but couldn’t shrink the ring.

“In the last third of the fight, around the eighth or ninth round, he began touching me a lot,” Pavlik said. “I tried but it was very hard to come back after him.

“I couldn’t see out of my right eye after he cut it in the eighth or ninth round. I could not see his left. I wasn’t hurting but he just had a lot of volume of punches.”

Pavlik landed just 164 of 533 punches, including just 87 of 194 power shots. It was a baffling performance by the normally active Pavlik, who usually tries to throw about 80-100 punches per round. Martinez landed 230 of 686 punches and 172 of 384 power shots.

“After the eighth round, it seemed like he just gave it away,” said Pavlik’s trainer, Jack Loew. “He couldn’t turn it around and I don’t know why.”

Martinez, a native of Argentina, said the win brought pride to him and his country.

“When the last bell rang,” he said, “I knew I was the new world champion.”

Pavlik, who made $2.5 million for the bout compared to $1 million for Martinez, has a rematch clause.

When asked if he plans to activate it, Pavlik said, “I hate losing. I want to get those belts back.”

When Martinez was asked whether he’d like a rematch with Pavlik or Paul Williams, who defeated him in December, he said, “I would fight whoever.

“It is a great honor for me and my country to fight fighters like this.”

Pavlik was making his fourth title defense — and his fourth career appearance at Boardwalk Hall.

Martinez was best known for losing a majority decision to Williams in December in the Boardwalk Hall ballroom. Saturday’s fight was the first in Boardwalk Hall’s main arena since Pavlik’s loss to Bernard Hopkins in October of 2008.


1timOthy(802 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Sorry Kelly he was better this nite ! But I think a better cut man is needed in your corner. Let's hope you get a rematch and it's successful.

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2chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

On Friday Todd Franko revealed on the Louie Free radio show that Team Pavlik dissed the Vindy for its negative coverage on the Michael Pavlik's family issue and legal problem. Great coverage by Scalzo for not backing down in Kelly's clear cut, bloody defeat. Would have been interesting to see the Vindy's coverage if Pavlik won.

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3havinmysay(155 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Pavlik was out punched and out maneuvered. They can say he had bronchitis when he had Bernard Hopkins but the truth is Pavlik has no rhythm at all. He is slow and he can't move. I think if there is a rematch the same thing is going to happen again.

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4msweetwood(179 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Chuck: Given the timing of the fight and our deadlines for the Sunday newspaper, our planning is done well in advance. Pages are designed in advance for pictures and stories to fill and responsibilities for that night are micromanaged to ensure we hit our deadlines. Hence, had Kelly won, our coverage would have been much the same as after past victories and would have taken up exactly as much space in today's paper as the loss did.


Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

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5Cassie(88 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Kelly was not ready for this fight. Either take your money and retire or find a new training team. Just painful to watch. Where was his father during this debacle?

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6dicaprio7(17 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Penguin....I second that...he spends more time in the 13th round then he does in training...even now that he no longer owns the place...

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7Ctown(115 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

First of all I think weight had something to do with it. Kelly and his training team have no business ballooning to 190 pounds and then having to lose 30 pounds to make the weight. While out of training, it's OK to put on 10-15 pounds but 30 is ridiculous. It is hard for a guy the size of Kelly to stay at 160 especially since he is no longer a 23 year old kid. The only problem with moving up in weight class is there are some monsters at 168 like Bute, Abraham, Ward, Dirrell, and Green who would devour him. 160 is a weak class right now, 168 is a very strong class.

Secondly, a better cut man might be a top priority. It's obvious that once Kelly was bleeding, he was doomed. A good cut man can't perform miracles with a badly cut eye, however he might have done a better job and hence given Kelly extra time in the round to go on offense rather than being tagged over and over again.

Maybe Loew is not as good as Kelly thinks he is. Kelly has limitations as he has horrible foot speed, however maybe a new trainer can improve on some of his liabilities.

I've said it before, Kelly is a good but not great fighter. The weight class he is fighting in is very weak and one of the biggest reasons why Kelly rose to the top was good matchmaking by his handlers. They knew who would pose a danger and who to stay away from. Once your at the top, you have to fight the better fighters sometime (not always as Kelly fought a stiff in his past couple of fights) and this guy last night just happened to beat Kelly. I don't feel that Kelly underachieved in this fight as I feel that he gave it his all despite the fact that the other guy was much quicker. Kelly has fought a ton of stiffs and beaten them. His opponent last night was not a stiff and just happened to be better.

Some will say that Kelly is a bum......he is not a bum. He is a good (not great) fighter who just happened to lose last night to a guy who outboxed him. There is still a future for Kelly and maybe a big payday. But in his next fight against a good opponent (not a bum like he fought at YSU), Kelly must win otherwise he will not get many opportunities.

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8dicaprio7(17 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

You should really know the full story of why he has declined as a fighter...1. You don't spend almost everynight in a Bar you onced owned, to which a restaurant above it has changed names what, 3 times now? 2. If you have a fixture, like a mini boxing ring in the bar, don't invite your patrons in it to see if you wanna take a "shot" at the champ..not good for business. 3. Dont try and fight your head Chef, it will only cause problems in the end..Eric Ryan had to take back the Business because Kelly was in danger of losing it. 4. Concentrate on family and training...and then when you retire, try and become a businessman because right now, you are not succeeding at either.

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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Kelly has fought many fights and won . All fights take their toll and this one was brutal on his eyes and face . Kelly had an excellent career and at some point all fighters lose their titles . Kelly should now use his experience to train and manage young fighters here in The Valley .

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10mikeymike(469 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Maybe this is what was needed to get Kelly back on track,he has hit rock bottom.This loss will show if he still has the desire and heart,to overcome this.I hope Kelly gets his wake up call,and rebounds,into the fighter that he once was.Good Luck Kelly,your fate is in your corner now.

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11mrblue(1175 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

I am a Kelly fan but not a fan of Jack Loew. Kelly needs to regain the fire and desire that made him a champ. If you want to continue in the game you have to do the right thing.

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12sinthor(87 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago


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13dicaprio7(17 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Could_it_be: If you really "knew" him..we are not bashing him, he has an issue with anger management and drinking....Its something he has battled all his life...If you knew him from when he was a teenager, then you would understand.

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14Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago


Not bashing him, wish him all the best and pride he brings to Youngstown can't be beat, but he needs to stop the drinking......and concentrate on being a fighter if that is really what is in his heart. He needs to set his priorities on what he wants to do with his life. I said the same thing after his last fight when he won.

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15dicaprio7(17 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

mahoning county public access look up his name.....

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16Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago


Isn't just Youngstown people saying it, the boxing world also. Do some research. Once again, I wish he would do great and make Youngstown proud. But it's not to hard to see him drinking away his future and since he's in the public eye he makes it well known when he's out bar hopping. Youngstown isn't a big city. I think your the simple soul for being so naive.

There are also whispers of personal demons. That he has a drinking problem is well-known in Youngstown. There's rumors that he put his hand through a window and required 108 stitches (the reason for the Williams bailout). He's admitted to seeing a sports psychologist.



San Francisco, CA- In a year where he fell off a stage in a drunken stupor at a Youngstown, OH comedy club, admitted seeing a sports psychologist, and postponed three fights, I’d say it appears Kelly Pavlik’s boxing career is coming apart at the seams. At 35-1 with 31 whacks, the now 27-year old Pavlik was just 13 months ago being ordained as a pugilistic superstar.


Having seen my share of freak accidents involving a plethora of fighters, I thought this was “suspicious” to say the least. With his propensity to drink being well known in his hometown of Youngstown, as well as in certain boxing circles, I was thinking that the accident requiring 108 total stitches didn’t go down quite the way his handlers had indicated.


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17Youngstown_Strong(91 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Kelly, forget all the negative losers on this site and keep moving forward. You've got a rematch for the titles in your contract so work hard and come back to try & win them again... That's all your true fans can hope for.

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18jeffondash(4 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

The true test in a man is not if he gets knocked down but if if he gets back up. It seems people are acting like Pavlik is done. Hang em up. Let's all remember one thing, Kelly owes nothing to the valley at this point. He has given us great publicity and a wonderful ride for a couple of years. He's always had our back when he did interviews globally. But as for now, only Kelly needs to see and know if he wants to get back up. The drive and determination it took to lead him to be Middlewieght champ is still in there. He just needs to decide if he wants it and how bad he wants it. I'm sure Kelly will be back. If he never gets back to being champ. That's ok. NOBODY can take his past accomplishments away from him. Best of luck in the future to him.

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19Cashaveli(2 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

he got the brakes beat off him lol

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20Booradley(2 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Kelly got jobbed pure and simple.

I'm hearing rumours from the camp that he felt really weak prior to the fight, I think he got drugged.

Still, I scored it 115-113 for Kelly.

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21Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago






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22MFC997(261 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

He's got an automatic rematch. If his heart is in it and he's dedicated he can get back on top. If not he should just call it a day and retire.

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23northsideart(111 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

A few words for Kelly:

-Thank you.

-Bring someone in to help with your training. I know that Jack Loew took you all the way to the title, but some fresh opinions and a new approach will do you good. You're having trouble against tricky, experienced fighters. There's gotta be someone out there who can show you how to counter those wily old guys.

-If you are on the sauce, lay off it until you've finished your career in a few years. Then you can sit around and get blitzed all day every day if you want. Until then, remember that your fans in Y-town and across the world are paying good money to see you compete at the highest level. If you spend your off time getting all boozed up, you're not allowing yourself to be in prime condition come fight time. It's too much stress on the body to come back from.

-Hire a world-class nutritionist. The right person will be able to help you get down to 160 with ease and actually improve your strength. You need to bring your nutrition into the 21st century. Pounding tires and beers or whatever will only get you so far.

-Don't never give up! But if your heart's not in it anymore, you should retire because you are going to get hurt. No one wants to see you end up like one of those old boxers with severe neurological damage.

-I really hope you fight Martinez again. Why not get yourself into great shape for that fight, beat his *** in, and then hang 'em up. You need to avenge Youngstown by pummeling that showboating little ***** into the sand!

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24woolyd(579 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

BOORADLEY he diddnt get jobbed he lost by 2 or 3 points in my mind and when he knocked the dude down he diddnt go for the kill. What I dont understand is why some people are downing Loew. After the 4th and after the cut in the 9th Kelly wanted to quit it was Loew who told him f$$k that youre not a quitter. I think if anything Kelly needs to check his heart when he get hit because when he gets hit and frustrated he quits on himself and that is not good. Look at Roy Jones at his best, Mayweather, Mosely, Lennox Lewis they all trained hard, diddnt drink, ate right, and did all the things they needed to in order to remain at there best. Kelly needs to refocus, regroup, and put his career back together by being dedicated to the sport and his family.

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25walter_sobchak(2674 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Anybody with minimal knowledge about Pavlik knows what the problem is. Kelly sees it everytime he looks in the mirror. It is not a diss on the people in Youngstown, it is on Pavlik himself. The guy has a definite problem with booze. And his anger is legendary. You cannot get into the ring with top flight prize fighters if you, yourself, are not in the best physical shape you can be. It is obvious he doesn't take care of his body or it would not have taken him so long for his body to overcome the staph infection.

The way this guy is managed and trained is a joke. Leave the winner's check on a noghtstand in A.C. and have to double back to get it. Leave your pre-fight training facility and return back to Youngstown? Knew right then and there he wouldn't win this fight. Unless this guy gets better handling and someone to smack him around to see the light, he is doomed! Please, get a big time cutman. Those cuts were manageable. At this point, he should take the automatic rematch and pocket some money because the slide down that slippery slope has started. His only alternative is to move up in weight class and he will get pummeled. But, he can't keep going the way his is, balooning up between fights and trying to lose it all in a couple of weeks. Sad, but he is his own worst enemy!

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26leftyompton4life(79 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

The real problem for me is that this guy has(had) it made...he is(was) at the top of his game,comes home to Youngstown with open arms after his title win,gets national attention,sellout crowds in Yompton,recognition out the a$$,millions of dollars....and you blow everything because you can't stay away from alcohol...learn from others mistakes. This is totally 10000% preventable. If you are not in the best shape of your life and in a great mindset you are set up for failure in the ring. You not only got out boxed but you got out manned.

I'm not going to turn on you because you lost a fight...because in the beginning,middle,or end we all lose sometimes...but I would turn on you because you can't get your priorities straight. This isnt the end for you...put boxing at the for front of your life...that is the only way you will be a champion again...

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27darryl1914(5 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

PAVLIK's personal life will emulate Edwin Valero within 2 years, mark my words.

Pavlik will NEVER hold another title nor be a relevant fighter in the Middleweight Division AGAIN!!! Too Slow, No "real" skill, No variety, NO MOVEMENT, He just gets hit over & over again, then when the flurries stop, he'll throw something...Doesn't have the ability to "Stand-in-the-pocket" make you miss then counter with speed or accuracy. My favorite Boxing writer Vivek Wallace had the greatest quote about Kelly Pavlik..."A Rock-em' Sock-em Robot with gloves".

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28BillyBob(92 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

@ darryl1914

someone seems to have an obsessive crush on pavlik

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29mikeymike(469 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

darryl who did your sex change operation ?

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30Bigben(1996 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

1.)kelly has to stay within 10 pounds of fighting weight-it weakens him too much to loose all that so fast and then become sluggish after putting on so much in a day.

2.)He needs the killer instinct and tenacity back

3.)Why did Jack tell him, to jab in the middle rounds after Kelly knocked him down and M was ready to be knocked out?You go to the body so that you can slow someone down and knock them out-in the middle rounds M was already slowed down.Jack should have said take him out now!By telling kelly to jab he allowed K to fight M's fight who then preceeded to rest and then run and gun Kelly.
M recieved good advice from his corner-"don't go toe to toe with him...move and double jab".The rest is history."

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31YSUGRAD(134 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

My prediction is Jack Lowe quits cause Kelly lost the eye and Jermain Taylor becomes his new manager. This conversation happens shortly after JT takes over the Pavlik camp.

"You lost that last fight Kelly for all the wrong reasons. You lost your edge. All right, I know your manager quitting had you all messed up inside. But the truth is you didn't look hungry. Now when we fought, you had the eye of the tiger, man, the edge. And now you got to get back and the way to get it back is to go back to the beginning. You know what I mean? Maybe we can win it back together. Eye of the tiger man."

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32YSUALUMNI04(6 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago


Are they just giving those degrees away at YSU now? You seem like you might be a little bit slow.

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33Laurieljc(63 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

There are many from outside of Youngstown who consider Kelly a positive for the area....the rest of the country laughs at Youngstown and pities Youngstown. It has nothing to do with Kelly. It's..the crime....the people who wont work.....the drugs.....not enough ingenuity to turn their economically around after 30 years......the moral decay that pervades the area......you better rally around your champ because he is about all your area has going for it. Attacking someone because he lost a boxing match........maybe you ought to be attacking some of the real needs in your community.

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34FredBenson(6 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Youngstown is located near Cleveland, a town that has seen a lot of CHOKE ARTISTS since 1964. Yet another wonderful choke job for the state of Ohio. The Cavs in the '07 Finals. The Indians in the 97 Series and the 07 ALCS. Ohio State in the 07 and 08 BCS Title Games. The Bengals in 05 and 09. And of course, the CLEVELAND BROWNS, from 1999 to 2009. I heard Obama is repossessing the Pavlik's house and former Browns owner ART MODELL is taking it over. At least he brought Cleveland and Youngstown a winner in 2001...in BALTIMORE.

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35FredBenson(6 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Another reason white boxers are not very common today. There are more black players in the NBA and NFL than whites. If Kelly wants to regain being a winner, play for the Stanley Cup Champion PENGUINS. At least white people excel in that sport. Kelly: hang up the gloves and join the Pens. You'd do well with Sid and Geno.

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36FredBenson(6 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Maybe I've been too critical of Kelly. And with that I am sorry about my negative remarks. However, with Pavlik's past triumphs, he has made the people of Youngstown proud. If he moves to a new weight class, he'll go up against tougher competition. But he is still a part of the spirit of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. Being from Canonsburg, in Washington County, we had a fighter who was a local hero here. His name is Sammy Angott, and he's from Washington, Pa. Search 'Sammy Angott' on Yahoo and Google, and you'll find out that he is to us in Washington County as is Kelly in the Mahoning Valley. Sorry about the verbal abuse on Kelly, hopefully he'll be a champion again. BTW: The Cavs will finish off the Bulls tonight, hopefully Shaq can destroy Joakim Noah just like Pavlik can destroy anyone. I apologize for my actions, good luck to Kelly in the future.

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