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Loew: Now or never for Pavlik

Published: Tue, February 7, 2012 @ 12:03 a.m.

By Joe Scalzo



Three months after his divorce from Kelly Pavlik, trainer Jack Loew believes the former middleweight champion is down to his last chance.

“If it doesn’t work out in California, I think it’s [Pavlik’s career] over with,” said Loew, speaking at the Curbstone Coaches’ weekly luncheon Monday. “I don’t think it’s a matter of coming back here to train, to work with Jack Loew. If he doesn’t succeed in California, it’s over.

“He’s with a fine guy in [trainer] Robert Garcia. If he succeeds out there, he’ll be OK. I wish him nothing but the best.”

Pavlik trained with Loew for 20 years but the collaboration fell apart in the fall after Pavlik abruptly canceled two bouts, including one in August with Darryl Cunningham at the Covelli Centre. Afterward, Pavlik said it was because he was offered just $50,000 for the bout and “wouldn’t fight for peanuts.”

“He knew we were getting the $50,000 to fight Cunningham and he knew we were getting the $1.3 million to fight [Lucian] Bute,” said Loew, referring to a planned super middleweight bout in November. “There was no discrepancy in what he was making. It was set in stone three or four weeks prior to that.”

When asked for the “real reason” for the cancelation, Loew said, “That is something you would have to ask Kelly. Was he training for the fight? Yes. Was he fully prepared for the fight? That’s something you’d have to ask Kelly. The only person who can answer that is Kelly.”

Pavlik’s drinking problem contributed to his downfall in recent years but when Loew was asked about the extent of his fighter’s alcoholism, Loew said, “I’m not going to go there. Let’s just say it didn’t start yesterday. Many people were warned that it was getting out of hand and the right people didn’t take care of it. It wasn’t supposed to be his trainer. I can only say so much.”

Since his split with Pavlik, Loew has focused more on professional fighters such as Dannie Williams and Willie Nelson and amateur Alejandro “Popo” Salinas.

Williams (21-1, 17 KOs) will meet Henry Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KOs) for the NABF lightweight title on March 30 in Mashantucket, Conn. If Williams wins, he could have a major title bout by the end of 2012.

“Hopefully we can bring not only myself but Youngstown another champion,” said Loew. “That’s something that I’m really striving for.”

Nelson (17-1-1, 11 KOs), who was once the No. 2-ranked amateur in the world and the No. 1-ranked amateur in the U.S., will fight on March 1 in St. Louis. The Cleveland native is 6-foot-3 and fights at 147 pounds.

“He looks like Tommy Hearns or Paul Williams,” Loew said.

The 17-year-old Salinas will fight in the 132-pound weight class at the U.S. Nationals from Feb. 26 to March 3 in Fort Carson Calif. There are more than 100 fighters in his weight class, with the winner advancing to the Olympic Trials.

“It’s a longshot,” said Loew of making the Trials. “But he’s gonna be a superstar someday.”


1Superstar7(122 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

“But he’s gonna be a superstar someday.”
He may have that future IF, IF he finds a trainer that not only teaches him how to punch but ALSO is an expert on how to MOVE and how to avoid a punch, similarly to the champions & top contenders.
Those are 2 skills HOPEFULLY Kelly is NOW gaining in California.

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2MRHorvath(2 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Dannie Williams is from Saint Louis. He is not from Youngstown. I gotta give credit to Jack Loew for fooloing people in Youngstown to make people believe he is a "Youngstown" fighter. In that snese he is a great salesman. How come he isn't using the same line with Willie Nelson? I would think that Dannie would have a little more pride in his hometown roots. But then again, this is boxing.

His fight on the 30th of March against hank Lundy is gonna be a real good one. Dannie is a great fighter and hopefully he can pull through.

As far as Pavlik is concerned, Jack is correct, it is now or never for him.

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3lefty83(313 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Until kelly admits his problem,we will not see the real boxer we knew.STEP 1 WILL HELP.

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


It is funny that you think that. Boxing is an individual sport with a small team around you. When you train someone who makes you look bad because of his outside life and you take the heat when it is not your fualt than Jack has every right to say something especially when kellys mishandlers force him out to cali. Kelly is already drinking out there with Fernando Varges hahaha i mean its the same thing every where. So Jack has nice things because of the work he put in with kelly yes true, but kelly is what he is and has what he has because Jack Loew brought him to all of the tournaments and fighting events that got him noticed. You have to remember as well Jack had a gym that kelly pavlik walked into. If you want to talk about anyone talk about Mike Pavlik senior who has a million sitting in the bank because of his son for doing nothing and spending nothing.do not sit there and say Jack has everything because of kelly because if it were not for Jack Kelly would have never boxed or gone anywhere. Plus you idiot all trainers get 10 percent of fighters and every big named fighter will put the trainers name out there but it was the training that people liked and why other fighters came to jack look at how they are doing with Jack... pretty f'ing good huh? no other trainer out there has brought a fighter from 10 years old to a world championship and then has another who is in the same track but more popular at his age than Kelly in POPO Salinas. so again my friend Jack has every right to not lie and tell the truth especially when he does not need to take the heat anymore for what kelly does to himself. watch and see how it unfolds and then we will talk...Kelly should have respected what Jack Loew did for him but he never has...

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