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Trainer: Pavlik should relocate

Published: Fri, December 23, 2011 @ 12:07 a.m.

Boxer to appear in court today to face ovi charge



By John W. Goodwin Jr. and Joe Scalzo



On Thursday morning, 2,500 miles away from Youngstown, a boxing trainer named Robert Garcia got on the Internet, read the latest story on Kelly Pavlik and thought, “That’s why we need to get him out of his hometown.”

“We’ve seen it before,” said Garcia, Pavlik’s trainer-to-be, who spoke by phone from Oxnard, Calif. “In your own hometown is where you get into the most trouble. If you have a drinking problem, being there makes it worse. And even if you don’t, it’s in your hometown that you get a lot of criticism and a lot of people hating on you.

“I think moving him and his family and staying here in Oxnard is a good idea. In your hometown, there’s always envy and little things turn into big things.”

Pavlik, the former middleweight boxing champion, faces arraignment today in Mahoning County Area Court here on charges of operating a vehicle while impaired, failure to control and leaving the scene of an accident.

Pavlik declined to comment for this story.

He spent a brief time in the county jail on the three misdemeanor charges after being arrested Wednesday night at his Sugarbush Drive home in Canfield.

Police say Pavlik, 29, and a friend wrecked two all-terrain vehicles on a neighboring piece of property, destroying a lamppost and causing other damage.

Reports say Pavlik smelled of alcohol and was belligerent to deputy sheriffs investigating the accident.

The incident began when a homeowner in the 3900 block of Sugarbush Drive called police to report that two men on ATVs — one ATV being red and one larger green one — had hit a lamppost and telephone pole in his yard and driven away. The homeowner identified Pavlik as one of the men.

The man told police he went outside about 10:30 p.m. and saw Pavlik and another man on his property with the ATVs. He said both men were aggressive toward him and appeared to be drunk, with slurred speech and a noticeable smell of alcohol.

Deputies went to Pavlik’s home and discovered a red ATV sitting in the driveway covered in fresh mud and grass. A larger, green ATV was located inside an open garage. The larger ATV had heavy front-end damage and the top of a lamppost in the passenger seat.

Daniel Ferreri, a Pavlik friend, met deputies in the driveway of the home and said he had wrecked the green ATV into a lamppost down the street from the house.

Deputies report Pavlik came out of the house as they were speaking with Ferreri and demanded the deputies leave his property. The deputies reported that Pavlik was belligerent and continually disrupted their attempts to interview Ferreri.

Ferreri, after extensive conversation with deputies, said Pavlik was actually the driver of the green ATV involved in the accident. Ferreri was then arrested, charged with obstruction of official business. He will be arraigned in the Canfield court Jan. 4.

Deputies observed Pavlik swaying side to side as he walked and noticed his speech was slurred. He was asked to submit to field-sobriety tests but refused. He was placed under arrest and taken to the jail.

Deputies noted that Pavlik was bleeding from a cut to the back of his head but refused medical treatment.

The fighter was released from alcohol-abuse treatment and returned to Youngstown in January after two months of rehabilitation at the Ranch Recovery Center in Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

Police reports show that Pavlik also was involved in a fight with his brother Michael Pavlik in July. The two men were reportedly drinking at the time.

According to police, Kelly, after exchanging words with Michael, “punched the west-facing side door of the home and pulled his brother, Michael, out of the broken window.”

Reports say officers found broken glass and blood on nearby steps. Michael Pavlik, police said, appeared to have minor cuts to his arms and hands but told officers at the scene that he did not need an ambulance or medical attention.

Kelly Pavlik had left the home before officers arrived, and police could not contact him for questioning. Michael Pavlik reportedly told officers repeatedly he did not wish to file charges against his brother.

The fight between the brothers was witnessed by Michael’s girlfriend, who was at the home.

Kelly Pavlik split with his longtime trainer, Jack Loew, in October and planned to begin training with Garcia soon after the holidays.

Garcia said he has not talked to Pavlik recently — “I mostly talk to his manager, Cameron Dunkin, and Top Rank,” he said — but said he is still interested in working with Pavlik.

“I think if he’s surrounded by fighters like Brandon Rios and Miguel Garcia, that should give him a little motivation and a little help in trying to come back and come back strong,” said Garcia, who runs the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy.

“I’m still hoping things work out,” Garcia added. “If he’s willing to make that move and make that change, it could be the best thing that could happen to him.”

Neither Dunkin nor Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, Pavlik’s trainer, responded to phone messages. Top Rank spokesman Lee Samuels said, “Top Rank and any of its staff are not making any comments on Kelly.” Loew said he had no comment.


1youngstownsteve(84 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Don't care where this obnoxious punk moves to, he will always be the same classless a**hole from an arrogant low-life family who will never have the guts to crawl out of the bottle.

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2jaydapirate(4 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Kelly is my main man. Quit hatin on him JLow...you taught him how to throw a sucka punch then head to the bar and down some cold ones.

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3UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

He's a drunk and will always be a drunk till he ends up in prison or on skid row. No more needs to be said.

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4sue(179 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Kelly apparently has the disease of alcoholism. I hope eventually he will seek the treatment he needs.

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5fcb(460 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Kelly did a lot for the valley.Now that he is having a problem every one wants to bash him. forget about boxing and get your life together Kelly. You have a family to think about.Don't you want to walk your daughter down the isle some day? I agree with the trainer,there are to many hangers-on here. As far as boxing I think he is done.But that's not important,he needs to rid himself of the sickness that has over taken him. God Bless you Kelly.You gave me some good times in front of the tv watching your fights.I will be in your corner for your most important one.

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6JJ(28 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Kelly Pavlik vs. Jermaine Taylor I - Was one of the all time great fights...Kelly picked himself off the apron and came back and knocked out Taylor, simply awesome. People feel in love with the guy immediately after Larry Merchant interviewed him because of his candor, because he represented everything people front the area are about. It was the resolve and backing that Kelly needs to apply to getting his mind right and all of us to continue to stay behind him and provide support!!!

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7republicanRick(1716 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

How about his loser friend Dan Ferrarro who encourages Pavlik to drink. This loser leach should be separated from Pavlik soon. He is the biggest loser possible.

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8whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Kelly you keep making bad decisions, you will be lucky to get another fight.

Time to walk the line.

Better think about selling used cars.

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9republicanRick(1716 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Dan Ferrerri is the hangerons name that gets Pavlik into trouble.

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10southsidedave(5189 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

He has disgraced Youngstown and should leave the city

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11jtamarkin(37 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

It's tough enough figuring out and correcting (real and perceived) problems without alcohol and/or other drugs. It's up to you, and you alone, Kelly. You certainly have it in you to be a great boxer again. Remember when, not long ago, you were down to earth, not stumbling and slurring, not hurting yourself and others (outside of the ring)...you were just a good, hard-working, straightforward person. Maybe Ojai, or somewhere warmer and more "worldly"(?), would be better for you than ENE Ohio?

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12FormerRes(39 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Pavlik - don't come out to Oxnard unless you are serious. Being a tough guy from Youngstown doesn't mean jack in the barrios of Oxnard, where 30% of the population grew up in dirt-floored huts.

You want to be washed up, be washed up at home.

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13Rockyroad(149 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Its a rough world. A lot of the time things are set in motion during childhood that determine the outcome of an adult. Kelly never had a chance from birth. Most boxers resort to that brutal sport because they have no viable options to make a living. You don't see valedictorians in sweaty gyms getting their brains beat in. Kelly's upbringing plays a major role in his behavior today. He was always in bars; when he made money the first thing he did was buy a bar. His friends behave in a similar fashion. You are seeing his fate played out in the media. Kelly never had a chance really. He reached the pinnacle of his profession through hard word and determination; but he is empty now, just like so many boxers end up.

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14MFC997(261 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

He'll be lucky if Top Rank doesn't drop him. Bad move Kelly ... smarten up.

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15snydro0108(61 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Before his last "supposed" fight, he backed out because he wasn't getting paid enough. Now we all know why! Nobody will ever pick him up on a fight card after this last debacle. He will never fight again, so good luck paying for that Mercedes and good luck paying that big mortgage you have, Kelly. Since you are a complete idiot with no "life skills" to be a contributing part of society, it will be tough finding a real job, tough guy. Quit beating up women and quit drinking yourself silly. You are a has-been!

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