Yahoo! Sports: Kelly Pavlik in rehab for alcohol issues

A report on Yahoo! Sports claims Youngstown's Kelly Pavlik has been in the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., since Nov. 4 for treatment of a problem with alcohol.

The 28-year-old former middleweight boxing champion's boxing career is in doubt, said co-manager Cameron Dunkin, who said, “I don’t know if he’ll ever fight again.”

After an intense eight-hour conversation early this month with his parents and wife, Samantha, Kelly Pavlik opted to admit himself to the clinic and seek treatment to cure a problem that Mike Pavlik said began shortly after his son won the middleweight title by knocking out Jermain Taylor in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sept. 29, 2007.

Details of the story are attributed to the fighter’s father, Mike Pavlik who apparently talked to Yahoo! Sports on Friday

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