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Pavlik: 'My partying days are over'

Published: Tue, February 22, 2011 @ 4:33 p.m.

Boxer Kelly Pavlik spoke the local media Tuesday afternoon for the first time since leaving rehab last month. In a wide-ranging press conference that lasted about 35 minutes, Pavlik covered a variety of topics, ranging from his drinking to his career to his critics.

Here are a few of the highlights:

On whether he plans to change anything: "The only thing that's gonna change is the partying. My partying days are over. I'm not going to change who I am."

On whether he's done with drinking altogether, "Right now, yeah. I've shown I don't need it. I can't tell you I'll never have another drink. All I can say is it hasn't crossed my mind."

On whether his drinking had a negative effect on his boxing career: "When I was in training, I was in training. I was always in great shape. All my setbacks had nothing to do with drinking."

Pavlik said he weighs about 193 pounds and is hoping to fight at super middleweight (168 pounds) on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas on May 7.

When asked if he can be a world champion again, he said, "Yes. I have a lot of confidence and I have the hunger back."

For more details, read Wednesday's Vindicator or visit Vindy.com.

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