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Pavlik to take summer break

Published: Thu, May 13, 2010 @ 12:10 a.m.

By Joe Scalzo




Regardless of who he will fight, when or in what weight class, former middleweight boxing champion Kelly Pavlik says he will be spending his summer away from the ring.

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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.

After struggling mightily to meet the 160-pound limit over the past year, Kelly Pavlik knew he could no longer be the best middleweight in the world.

And that meant it was time for a change.

“Could I make 160 again? Yeah, I could,” said Pavlik, who lost his titles by unanimous decision to Sergio Martinez on April 17. “Would I be healthy? No. Would I look better than I did [against Martinez]? No.

“Even if I had won the fight, it got to the point where I had to make some decisions.”

Pavlik (36-2, 32 KOs) met with his team on Monday and opted against a rematch with Martinez, instead choosing to move up to either super middleweight or light heavyweight.

Although he maintains he still could have beaten Martinez had he not suffered a bad cut over his right eye, Pavlik also believes the struggle to make weight left him lethargic in the later rounds, which Martinez dominated.

“This last fight was the defining fight at middleweight,” he said. “It boils to, it was just getting too hard.”

After weighing more than 190 pounds before training camp, Pavlik said he brought in a nutritionist to help him lose weight — “The lady did an unbelievable job,” he said — but said once he got down to 165, the weight wouldn’t come off.

“Once we got there, it’s out of anybody’s hands,” he said. “When you’re running 101/2-11 miles the day before the fight and riding a stationary bike for 8 miles, all while there’s nothing in your body, no food, no water, things like that take a toll.”

Pavlik said he wanted the rematch and would have taken it at 164 or 166 pounds but that option wasn’t available. Pavlik’s rematch against Jermain Taylor in February of 2008 took place at the 166-pound “catch weight.”

“I know it’s only four pounds, but believe me, that makes a huge difference,” he said. “It’s the difference between having a salad or meat the night before the weigh-in. It’s the difference between sitting in a sauna for five or six hours.

“If I took the rematch at 164 or 165, you’d definitely see a different guy.”

Pavlik said he actually weighed 1821/2 pounds the night of the fight but removed most of his clothes so he could cut weight. Reports had him at 178 pounds on fight night.

“That’s not an excuse,” he said. “It is what it is.”

While Pavlik would prefer to fight at super middleweight, many of the division’s best fighters are tied up in Showtime’s “Super Six” tournament. There are several options at light heavyweight, including undefeated IBO champion Chad Dawson and Bernard Hopkins, who handed Pavlik his first defeat in October of 2008.

When asked if he would be willing to fight Hopkins again, he said, “Definitely. Hell yeah. It’d be a good way to make a statement.”

Hopkins is more of an idea than an option at this point. Pavlik said he didn’t think Hopkins looked as good in his last two fights, wins over Enrique Ornelas and Roy Jones Jr., which both took place at 175 pounds.

Hopkins, who beat Pavlik at 170 pounds, may move up to heavyweight.

“If you look at Hopkins, he looked incredible against me but in his last two fights, he didn’t look good,” Pavlik said. “I don’t think Hopkins would take the fight again.”

Regardless of who he fights — or at what weight — Pavlik said he wants a break from the ring.

“Right now, personally, I don’t care what my promoter or anyone else thinks,” he said. “I’m looking at November. Somewhere around there.

“I’m taking the summer off.”


1mikeymike(469 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Unless Kelly works out and tries to stay in shape ,he will be done boxing.I hope that's not the case.

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2sinthor(87 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

hes holding out for a woman to fight cas its all he knows,men hit too hard, hua ? kelly !

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3Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Just lay off the booze all summer Kelly....

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4ytowndem(6 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Kelly has been done for a long time. It never seems to amaze me that the arrogant jack "pave a driveway" Loew has excuse after excuse and is a complete embarrassment to the local boxing community. Now its the "weight issue", what this driveway (playing trainer) Loew doesn't seem to comprehend as he looks like a complete @ss with these latest excuses is that ALL his fights leading up to this one were at middleweight with the exception of B-hop which he then claimed "WEIGHT" was the issue and that they needed to get back to middleweight. This guy is a fool, clown, and by no means a trainer that is going to bring Kelly anywhere near another belt. Kelly needs to move on and find a "world class" trainer if he is to be on the "world stage" again as a world class fighter. Staying with Loew will merely continue his demise and at very best he has 2-3 fights left in him should he stay this absurd course.

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5dasani1971(22 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Kelly is done. He was lucky to be boxing when he did. It was all timing. Now that there are legit contenders he will get beat 9 times out of 10. I hope he saved his money. I wish him the best but his reign as a contender is over.

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6Buckeyeplat(7 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

I left Y-Town many years ago but get back for visits every once in a while and it will always be home.

My memories of Youngstown include great down to earth,hard working people,outstanding ethnic food,beautiful women and one of the most gorgeous parks in the country.

It kills me how negative many of the posters are regarding Kelly and many other,seemingly positive developments and elements of my hometown.

Kelly has fought his heart out,represented Youngstown in a very classy manner and brought tons of positive pub to a city that many folks see as a paradise for losers.

Instead of embracing and supporting the guy's effort and terrific representation for the city and it's citizens many on this site revel in attempting to paint him in a negative light.

It is sad and offers some clear insights as to why Youngstown has floundered for so many years.

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7CJJ8888(6 comments)posted 6 years ago

Pavlik is an alcoholic, yes he did great things for youngstown and great things for his career, but i'd have to agree with ytowndem, Jack Loew is a joke of a trainer and Pavlik will NEVER win again under his leadership.... take that 12 million you made Kelly and hire someone worth mentioning!!!! I repeat.... Kelly Pavlik will NEVER win a fight worth mentioning again under Jack Loew's leadership..... taking the summer off Kelly? To do what??? to sit at Pal Joey's with a bunch of UNDERAGE girls and get hammered? If I had the opportunity you do I would be in the gym ALL SUMMER.... take the summer off and say good-bye to boxing!

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8Lyrical_Lizard(14 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago


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9kpismymotivator(3 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

How is Kelly different from other athletes? Kelly is not going to "stop living" because he is a boxer. He can still drink. Just needs to know when and where-in between training. Most athletes his age don't know how to hamdle all the fame and fortune, and it changes who they are. But mostly, it changes cause everyone is out to suck him dry and take advantage of him and his money. Everyone wants to be his friend when he wins-but who sticks by him through thick and thin? A true fan. This is no different than the football players in the news with all their problems-baseball players too. The Love 'em-Hate 'em attitudes of fans is present in any sport. Gossip is every where. Fine line between that and slander though. He just needs to choose his friends wisely, and follow his heart and do what make him "happy". He is the driver and everyone is along for the ride. Thats "just the way it is!!

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