Kelly Pavlik Retires from Boxing !

Former undisputed middleweight champ, Kelly Pavlik, announced his retirement.

The 30-year-old native of Youngstown, Ohio became the undisputed middleweight champion by beating Jermain Taylor back in 2007 in a spirited effort that saw him pull himself off the canvas to stop the defending WBC and WBO titlist. From there, the entertaining and affable blue collar battler seemed on the road to mainstream stardom before injury and a well-publicized drinking problem turned a two-year chunk of career into a mess of canceled fights and sub-par performances.

But Pavlik was a hard fighter to keep down, both inside and outside the ring, and fought through adversity in order to make another run at the main stage with new trainer, Robert Garcia, behind him.

However, it was clear that the fire was no longer there. Listless performances against second and third-tier tune-ups brought down his stock considerably and the recently-canceled Andre Ward 168 lb. championship bout would likely have been an ugly, one-sided affair if Pavlik couldn’t muster at least some of his old enthusiasm.

“When you stay in the sport too long you have health problems. That’s a big, big thing for me,” Pavlik told Dan Rafael of ESPN. “I’m not talking about now. I’m talking about in the future. I’m talking about when I’m 55 or 60. What’s gonna happen to me then? Why take any more chances, especially in that sport. It’s a brutal sport and you never know what can happen.

“I won the world title, I defended my title, I was champ for three years and I made good money. Why take the chance of medical problems? That’s a big part of it. I also don’t think the drive is there anymore. I’m moving on to a new chapter in my life.”

Pavlik insists that he’s fine, economically, with a partnership in a shopping mall and plans to open a gym in the near future, and that the desire to spend more time with his wife and two children is the real driving force behind his plan to retire. He’s also making it clear that his past struggle with alcohol abuse has nothing to do with the decision to hang up the gloves. In fact, it has been said by many who know him that Kelly is in the best physical and mental shape he has ever been in.

The former world titlist leaves behind a twelve-year professional career and a record of 40-2 with 34 KOs, highlighted by wins over Jermain Taylor (twice), Edison Miranda, Marco Antonio Rubio, Jose Luis Zertuche, Bronco McKart, and Fulgencio Zuniga. His two losses- a shockingly one-sided decision loss to Bernard Hopkins and a spirited, blood-spattered decision loss to Sergio Martinez– will also go down in the career ledger of the earnest, two-fisted fighter from Youngstown. Kelly made no excuses regarding his 2 losses,however, those in the know blame a fever stemming from the coomon flu were to blame for his less than 100% performance during those 2 bouts.

Pavlik’s biggest legacy, though, may be that of a fighter who got out at the right time and for the right reasons.

From the perspective of a fight fan, the loss of a compelling performer is never a good thing, but Pavlik was smart enough to recognize that the fire was gone and realistic enough to know when he was done as a main stage fighter. Assuming he doesn’t “get the itch” and come back for another run, everyone should be fine with his decision.

“I’m tired of leaving my family [for training camp],” Pavlik said. “It comes to a point where you just don’t want to do that anymore…my family is more important at this stage…I had a pretty good career. I was 40-2 and I only lost to two of the best guys, Martinez and Hopkins. I’m content.”

Kelly, Your friends at YoungstownBoxing.com would like to wsh you a happy retirement. We hope you enjoy the fruits of your labor and we were truly blessed to have you grace the ring in the name of Youngstown Ohio.
Thanks for your contribution to the sport Champ !

-Rich Wyant and Maximus McCullough
Staff: YoungstownBoxing.com

Pavlik vs. Ward Fight is OFF !

Go Kelly !

Sounds to m like someone is scared to fight………..

Updated: December 6, 2012

Super middleweight champion Andre Ward injured his right shoulder in a sparring session last week and has been forced to postpone a Jan. 26 defense against former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik.

“He felt a little tweak when he threw a punch and stopped immediately,” Ward’s promoter, Dan Goossen, told ESPN.com on Thursday. “He didn’t really think it was that damaging at first but he certainly felt pain. He went to the doctor and followed up with an MRI (on Friday). It disclosed no tears, no rotator cuff injury, nothing of devastating proportions, but there was a lot of swelling and inflammation, so the key to healing is not using the arm for a few weeks.”

Ward, 28, of Oakland, Calif., one of boxing’s elite pound-for-pound fighters, was due to make his sixth title defense against Pavlik on HBO’s “World Championship Boxing” at the Galen Center on the campus of USC in Los Angeles.

Goossen said the delay in disclosing the postponement occurred because “we were trying to get as many opinions as we could as far as the healing process. He was looking forward to Jan. 26. He’ll have to rest it, but we are in the process of trying to reschedule the fight now.”

Goossen said he hopes to keep the fight at the Galen Center, which would be hosting its first boxing event. The initial target date for the rescheduled fight is Feb. 23, Goossen said.

With the main event postponed, so too is the rest of the card. The co-feature was a heavyweight world title elimination fight between Cristobal Arreola (35-2, 30 KOs) and Bermane Stiverne (22-1-1, 20 KOs) with the winner becoming the mandatory challenger for titleholder Vitali Klitschko.

The shoulder has given Ward problems in the past, but nothing painful enough to force a fight to be postponed. He injured it during a sparring session with Oakland pro Tony Hirsch, Goossen said.

“Speaking to Andre about it, he said he has had nagging pain in his shoulder since he was a young kid, but nothing to the extent of what he felt this last time,” Goossen said.

Ward unified two 168-pound titles last December by winning the Super Six World Boxing Classic by dominating England’s Carl Froch in a decision win. That fight had been postponed for several weeks after Ward suffered a cut in sparring. And in his final sparring session before the fight, Ward fractured his right hand, yet went through with the bout and won.

That injury, in part, is what limited 2004 Olympic gold medalist Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) to just one fight this year, a dominant 10th-round knockout of light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson, who came down in weight, on Sept. 8.

“We’ve seen Andre fight through pain with a broken hand as recently as the Froch fight,” Goossen said. “If he says it’s painful and the prescription is to rest the arm, that’s what he will do.”

Pavlik (40-2, 34 KOs), 30, of Youngstown, Ohio, held the middleweight championship from 2007 to 2010.

GO KELLY !!!!!!!!!!!

Kelly Pavlik to Return to the Ring on March 31 San Antonio, CA

Kelly Pavlik to Return to the Ring on March 31 San Antonio, CA

Kelly Pavlik Knock Out

Kelly Pavlik to Return to the Ring on March 31 San Antonio, CA. Since 2010, our hometown champ has only fought once. I doubt many of us here will venture out to Cali to watch the fight live but it will definitely be one that you don’t want to miss! With a record of  37-2, 32 KOs, this will be an awesome victory for Kelly. No matter what the outcome, it will be interesting to see how much pizazz Kelly still has to his punch. From what I hear, his punches are really hitting the guys hard. Let’s support our city – Knock “em Out Kelly Pavlik! Youngstown loves you!