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Yahoo! Sports: Kelly Pavlik in rehab for alcohol issues



Published: Sat, November 27, 2010 @ 12:25 a.m.

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

For details: Kelly in rehab


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1Kayfabe(4 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

This is nothing new. He's been running around Youngstown wasted for years now. He was a regular at the YSU bars such as Pogo's and Ernie's, and they have been closed for 8-10 years now. 2007 his problem began? Not quite. Do his handlers ever tire of constantly covering up for this guy?

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2Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Said this from the beginning. He needs to stay off the booze. Glad to see he finally came to his senses and getting help. He'll never fight again, he just needs to fight his alcoholism and find another line of work and move on with life.

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3frank(9 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

When is vindy.com going to pull the special online section for Kelly Pavlik. In the article his dad states and I quote "his son was the biggest star in his hometown of Youngstown and he was ubable to handle the trapping of fame" Please...there are quite a few sports celebrities to come out of Ytown that have not gotten the press he was fortunate to get. Amazing that the story is on the last page of section A. Why dont you do a story on the closing of his 13th round. When it opened it was front page news.

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4ROBERT(137 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I feel bad that this man has been proven to be human. The press made him a super human hero then relished in destroying him.

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

"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."

Alcohol along with drugs kill and destroy . Kelly had brought fame and money to The Valley . We benefited from his fame and we suffer from his demise . He has my support and prayers that he gets his life straightened out .

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6Tony1(53 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I'm glad that Kelly has finally faced his problem,I hope he gets the help that he needs.Boxing is only for a brief period of time,he has the rest of his life to enjoy.

No one should be saying I told you so.People who have addictions only seek help when they hit rock bottom.

@frank with the exception of Boom Boom and Bernie,Kelly is the biggest star from the valley.

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7msweetwood(161 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Frank:

The story is deep into today's newspaper because we found out about this very late Friday night.

Kelly's inner-circle chose, apparently, to bypass local media and give the rehab story directly to Yahoo! However, the media, like other people, have news alerts set up on key topics.

Hence, even though the 11 p.m. news was over and our press was ready to roll, 21 WFMJ-TV and The Vindicator saw the news alert and put the story on our websites, on Twitter, etc.

The Vindicator staff was also able to remake a page, too but it was, as you said, pretty deep into the first section.

Just wanted to explain the chain of events,

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

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8louie(6 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

first of all let me say i am glad pavlik is getting help and good luck to him and his family.. second youngstown sucks . we were all there for kellys glory but he loses 2 fights and we turn our backs..some of the stories out there were just that stories or rumors.. and to the person who said he had a problem 7 years ago, you are one of the many who start these "stories"..as the articuls says it started after taylors fight. if going out with friends to bars at 21 years old is a problem then we all have problems and have kids with problems.. he has done good for youngstown and even fought here for us taking a big cut in money to do this and instead of getting support from all of us he get jerks like some of the ones on here.,

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9Traveler(606 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

God bless him for getting help i pray that with the help of his family he can get clean and stay sober. So he can enjoy the long life he has in front of him.

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10YSUGRAD(134 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

After he sobers up hopefully he packs his bags and gets out of Yompton. He needs to go someplace where he won't be tempted by the bottle (Salt Lake City, Utah), he is young enough to make a comeback, he WILL be champion once again.

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11JB0248(4 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I've known Kelly since he was young, as I played alot of baseball with his older brother Mike. This doesn't surprise me, as Kelly has been visibly intoxicated and obnoxious in very public venues since he was in his late teens. Kelly's problem was that he ran around with people he thought were his friends and who took advantage of him when he became a pro boxer. EVERYBODY I know predicted this long before he won the title. Hopefully he is being smart with his earnings over the last 3 years and invested it right, or he will be another "has been" who threw his "lucky fortune" down the drain trying to impress the population of Youngstown. Opening a bar in Struthers and the Betty Ford clinic is assanine!!! If he truly wants to get sober, he could have done that in a much less expensive treatment center if he is truly serious about sobriety. He's 28 years old with NO SKILLS other than boxing--I hope I'm wrong, but you will see him in 10 years on some tv special where he is broke, divorced and busting his hump trying to make a living when he had the "boxing world" at the palm of his hands for a short period of time. He'll always be the "toast of Youngstown," and I will guarantee he is still hopping around to places like LaVilla, The South Side Civics Club and Cambell, OH reliving his glory days where blue collar guys are buying him drinks all night so they could tell their friends that they were out with Kelly Pavlik--Youngstown is a sad mentality and I'm so glad that I have been out of there since I graduated high school and went off to college. Please prove me wrong Kelly--I am a huge fan but completely disappointed and embarassed for you, but also embarassed that another Youngstown kid messed up a legitimate opportunity. You need to take a page out of some TRUE local guys who succeeded such as Michael Zordich, Bernie Kosar, Boom Boom, The Stoops' Brothers, Pelini, Carmen Policy, Brad Smith etc. Don't help make a fool out of you!!!! Wise Up and get sober--Congratualtions on taking the first step and admitting you're a drunk. If not for yourself, do it for your wife and child.

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12Morrigan(83 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I wish Kelly a complete recovery, both for his sake and his family's. I think he can come back from this. I hope he thinks so, too.

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13YSUGRAD(134 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Maybe Freddy Roach will take him under his wing, this kid needs a trainer.

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14YSUGRAD(134 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Yompton = 21st century Sin City

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15southsidedave(4777 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Alcohol will destroy everything you have in life without reservation: career, marriage, personal relationships, home. If you or someone you know has a problem with alcohol, please seek help.

An alcoholic can never be cured, but the affliction can be controlled.

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16goman71(104 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

stevie wonder could have seen this train wreck coming . boxing is one of the few sports where you cant party and not train and hope it wont affect your performance in the ring. he needed less yes men and more people around him that wouldnt go for the crap he was doing outside the ring. i think the boxing is over but i hope he gets his life straightened out

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17mrblue(968 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

The people around Kelly knew of his problem, and from what I have read, chose to ignore it. If Kelly is to make a come back, he needs a whole new training crew. Get rid of Jack and everybody else. I wish Kelly the best.

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18TeresaB(82 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I am so happy to come on here and not see the usual "trash talk" about Kelly. Hope he gets the help he needs. I wish he didn't have to have it posted in the public eye, but good for him..

Teresa

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19nojimbo(221 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I hope his recovery is successful, not only for him but for his family.

The thing that always bugged me was how much he was built up into some larger than life character, especially by this newspaper.

The man punched people for a living. Granted, he was a talented boxer, but why does Youngstown go so over the top for sports stars?

I want our best surgeons on the front page. Or our best inventors. Or caregivers. Those kind of people deserve a lot more ink than a guy who throws a right hook. Or throws a ball. Or catches a pass.

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20Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

robert

"I feel bad that this man has been proven to be human. The press made him a super human hero then relished in destroying him."

The press destroyed him? Are you serious?

tony1

"@frank with the exception of Boom Boom and Bernie,Kelly is the biggest star from the valley."

Seems there is a nice list of stars from the valley.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_...

louie

"if going out with friends to bars at 21 years old is a problem then we all have problems and have kids with problems."
"he has done good for Youngstown and even fought here for us taking a big cut in money to do this and instead of getting support from all of us he get jerks like some of the ones on here.,"

No one said anything about going out with friends to bars at 21 years old, but when your a professional fighter, that should be your top priority to stay in shape, but alcohol took over his life (at a young age) and got the better of him. At least hes admitting it now and hopefully stays clean and sober for the rest of his life.
Who are the jerks that posted? I don't see nothing that isn't facts.

JB0248

"If he truly wants to get sober, he could have done that in a much less expensive treatment center if he is truly serious about sobriety."

I agree 100%.

southsidedave

"Alcohol will destroy everything you have in life without reservation: career, marriage, personal relationships, home. If you or someone you know has a problem with alcohol, please seek help.
An alcoholic can never be cured, but the affliction can be controlled."

100% true. I'm living proof. 2 years and 2 months and 26 days sober.

nojimbo

"The thing that always bugged me was how much he was built up into some larger than life character, especially by this newspaper."

Hes in the public eye. Youngstown and the local media treated him with respect. Thats wrong? Any town that has a local celebrity of some sorts stands behind the person.

"Granted, he was a talented boxer, but why does Youngstown go so over the top for sports stars? "

Why does any other city do it? It's not just Youngstown.

"I want our best surgeons on the front page. Or our best inventors. Or caregivers. Those kind of people deserve a lot more ink than a guy who throws a right hook. Or throws a ball. Or catches a pass."

Don't everyone want that? Is that going to happen? Don't think so.
Why you may ask? The media is built around what sells. Maybe you can come up with a local paper that showcases the talent of these individuals that make a difference in our lives each and every day.

Kelly chose the life he wanted to lead, no one forced his hand at boxing and the limelight, it was good for Youngstown and he gave and received from the city. No more no less.

Now this young man needs to be dead serious about his sobriety and make the right choices from here on out...
Good Luck Kelly.

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21sneaux49(11 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

The place is not the problem, the person is the problem. I moved from Ytown to Houston in 1978. I gor sober in 1989 while I was still in Houston. They didn't remove alcohol from Texas cause I got sober. Quit killing Ytown because someone is a drunk. That's idiotic and ignorant to the disease. You can move him to Salt Lake City or Timbucktoo and he will find alcohol. I visited Utah and guess what? There'a alcohol there. There's also sobriety. Bill W chose looking for another drunk in Akron instead of buying a drink. GET OFF YOUNGSTOWN!

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22Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

sneaux49

"The place is not the problem, the person is the problem."
"GET OFF YOUNGSTOWN!"

Perfectly said! Couldn't have said it any better. But the numskulls on here always blame Youngstown for everything. Like everything happens only in Youngstown, there the ones that need a LIFE.

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23goman71(104 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

thats right sneaux49 he can move to utah and he would have still found a way to do what he did . quit blaming youngstown for a grown mans deciscions in life !

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24louie(6 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

okay let me say this..to some of the ignorant people..first of all kellys family,friends,or his team did not turn their backs and ignore is problem..if u would use your heads for a minute and realize u cannot help anyone who does not want to be helped..kelly was in rehab before and did not want to go but his family and team made him go it did not last because he was not ready. he chose to go this time. also its not youngstown thats bad , and the person who said that he moved to texas and hes recovered said it best..its the stupid ignorant people in youngstown and as far as my remark on kelly at 21 thats to the person who said he had a prob 7 years ago. kelly needs our support not your nasty remarks. also kelly thought so much of youngstown that he fought here and even lost money doing so so please give the man the support he needs...

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25Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Alcoholism knows no boundries and is contracted worldwide . Those who get in its grip lose most of their moral side of humanity . It is progressive until the human body can take no more . Everybody has family and friends who they have seen slide into the abyss . Most refuse any kind of help because normal for them isn't sobriety . Let's hope that Kelly has enough stamina to stay the course of sobriety .

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26chayse457(13 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

He can always get a job at the awesome steelmill they have there..oh wait, that ended too just like his career!!

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27lawrencerobin143(1 comment)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

First and formost, my prayer goes out to Kelly Palvik..He did what was vidal for him at this stage in his Life and I trully have respect for Him..To Climb through those ropes and put his life on the line..Is more than Most of us could ever say they will ever have the heart to do. And then to seek help for what he know's is a problem i Take my hat of to him..I'm a Boxing Fan and i feel that if he put's God first refocus he will achivie sucess on the highest level...As long as he's making the right steps to fix what's Most important outside the ring Mr. Palvik will return to the Highest stage..Keep fighting Champ in and out the Ring I send My Prayers and Best of wishes.."GOD BEFORE EVERYTHING"

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