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Pavlik pulls out of fight

Published: Tue, November 2, 2010 @ 12:08 a.m.


Kelly Pavlik (Chris Farina/Top Rank)


Jack Loew, Kelly Pavlik trainer during 1-10-08 workout at Southside Boxing Club. WD LEWIS

By Rob Todor



Kelly Pavlik knew as soon as the punch landed. Something didn’t feel right.

The Youngstown middleweight, and his camp, have opted to withdraw from his Nov. 13 fight against Brian Vera, on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito main event at Cowboys Stadium in suburban Dallas.

The fight was a non-title bout at a catchweight of 164 pounds.

Pavlik (36-2, 32 knockouts) was hitting pads at his training camp in Pennsylvania on Oct. 22 when he felt a “twitch” in his chest, said trainer Jack Loew.

“It didn’t get better [and] didn’t get better, so we decided to get a [cortisone] shot,” recounted Loew.

The Pavlik team left the evening of Oct. 25 for New York to attend a press conference the following day.

They returned to Loew’s South Side Boxing Club on Oct. 27, but Pavlik was too sore to spar.

They tried again the following day, but when Pavlik again complained of soreness, Loew made the decision to cancel the fight.

“We have to see what the extent of the injury is and go from there,” said Top Rank spokesman Lee Samuels, who first heard about the news Monday afternoon from a reporter. “Obviously this is a stunner.

“Until [today] he was on the card. Now we’re looking for a replacement.”

According to Loew, cartilage in Pavlik’s top right rib separated from the bone, causing extreme discomfort.

“It’s just getting really repetitious right now, with all these nagging injuries,” said Loew.

“Kelly was really doing well [in training for this fight],” he added. “It was the first time in four camps I didn’t mind the media coming in during training.”

A call was made to Pavlik’s cell phone, but a message said his voice mail inbox was full.

“I’m sure [Pavlik’s] upset,” said Loew. “It’s like a sprained ankle — it could take two weeks to heal, or two months.

“I know we’re not going to decided anything until Kelly’s 100 percent and he’s able to resume training.”

Pavlik hasn’t fought since he lost a unanimous decision to Sergio Martinez on April 17, in Atlantic City, N.J.

Pavlik’s co-manager, Cameron Dunkin, who is based in Las Vegas, had no details when contacted by The Vindicator midday Monday, but later told ESPN.com’s Dan Rafel he was “heartbroken.”

“I’m devastated, I’m sick to my stomach,” Dunkin told ESPN.com. “This was such a great opportunity for Kelly, to be at Cowboys Stadium in front of who knows how many fans in a fun fight on a great show, a great event.”

ESPN.com is reporting that the Pavlik team is looking at a fight against the winner of the Martinez-Paul Williams bout, scheduled for Nov. 20, or moving up to super middleweight to take on titleholder Lucian Bute.

Vindicator sports reporter Joe Scalzo contributed to this story.


1YSUGRAD(134 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

I can't say that this comes as a surprise.

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2goman71(104 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

what a joke . just make sure the next guy he fights is under the age of forty three , so he has a chance of winning the fight

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3Ytown05(11 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

He was healthy enough to beat up some girls last weekend!!

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4dasani1971(22 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

I seen him at the club a day after this story broke, drinking. True Honest. I just cant understand him throwing it away like this. He hasnt fought in almost a year and its the prime of his life right now. Sad.

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5goman71(104 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

thats why boxing is still a great sport because there is no team to fall back on. the more you put in it the more successful you are and that is kellys problem. boxing isnt a sport where you can drink eat wrong and only partially train because you will be exposed in the ring. he needs a big time trainer like emanuel steward and some dedication to his craft, and stay out the bars

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6boxer123(12 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Goman you make great points but where your ignorant with the subject is a big time trainer? Loew did not put the bottle to kellys mouth and he led him to the world championship plus 3 defenses. plus Loew beat steward 3 times. I agree boxing is great because you go on your practice and training performance, but you have to stay away from the partying. I just think people should stop pointing the finger at Loew and realize kelly has problems that only he can battle not to mention Loew has absolutely proven himself!

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7goman71(104 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

boxer 123 , the only reason why i say he needs a new trainer is because kelly and jack have been together since he was 12. he needs someone that is paid to train him not a enabler. remember last year he was in a bar got in an altercation with a guy and a scuffle ensued. who was there with him, jack loew! do you think lou duva , steward or angelo dundee or even freddie roach would party with their figthers ,,HELL NO! this is a very cutthroat buisness the boxing game and the window to riches and glory is very small. maybe this small town is dragging him down. could it be any worse than what it is if he brought in another trainer for one fight? fighters do it all the time when their career is in a funk. a trainer shouldnt be partying with his fighter, period. good luck kelly

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8jodymack(7 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Is Kelly not focused? was he not ready for the fight and it was a way to save face? I know the money isn't what it was for his previous fights. I agree that Loew has established himself as a trainer. I hope that Pavlik can re focus because he still has opportunites. Regardless we are proud of you Kelly and thank you for representing the Valley.

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9mikeyboxx(14 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

If Kelly is thinking about fighting anyone at 168 he's crazy...He should keep fighting at 160...guys like Felix Sturm, Koren Gevor, Sebastian Sylvester, Matthew Macklin, Roman Karmazin, Dmitry Pirog, Anthony Mundine, Daniel Jacobs

I'm not local, but every time I read the comments it's about his drinking/party lifestyle. What I can tell you is that I saw him drinking a Coors Light in Atlantic City after he knocked out Jermain Taylor for the Middleweight Crown. I felt he deserved the beer, but now he should stop drinking all together while he's an active boxer. Keep the drinking for retirement.

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