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Pavlik's last solid victory arguably was over Jermain Taylor

The downfall
of Kelly Pavlik

The former middleweight king
is showing a readiness

to quit on his stool

    The fact is most athletes have careers that are relatively short. In boxing especially though, you are only as good as you’re last fight.

     If we go on that alone, Kelly Pavlik’s career was already on the canvas. However, it now looks like he’s quitting on his stool.

     Now he did manage to beat his last opponent Alfonso Lopez with an unimpressive victory on points. And since the fight was on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao and ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley, he did manage to bank more then many fighters would make within a year or two span (Delvin Rodriguez and Pawel Wolak for example). That fight was Pavlik’s first fight since last April, where Sergio Martinez busted up Kelly Pavlik’s face until it was a bloody mess.

     A lot has been said since Pavlik withdrew from his fight with Darryl Cunningham last week. Words from both sides have been exchanged and Top Rank has chimed into the discussion as well. Pavlik has essentially said, ‘I won’t fight unless I’m paid what I’m worth’.
He has also said that he wasn’t going to go to Canada and fight a southpaw in Lucian Bute “for peanuts”. ‘Peanuts’ in this case was roughly $1.35 million dollars.
This will remind many North American sports fans of Latrell Sprewell’s infamous quote:

     "I've got my family to feed," was Sprewell’s response after he rejected a lucrative multi-million dollar contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

     But I digress.

     Pavlik should have never made $270 000 for fighting Alfonso Lopez. If he wasn’t a Top Rank fighter to begin with, there is no way off a 13 month layoff that Pavlik would make that much fighting a fighter that no one had even heard of. Kelly had been given numerous chances to resurrect his career following his one-sided beat down given by then 43 year old Bernard Hopkins.

     Realistically, Kelly hasn’t had a solid win since his unanimous decision victory over Jermain Taylor.

     Pavlik has already stated that it was time for him to take control in his life and in his career. The problem is there doesn’t look to be much of a career to take control of now.

     On a bigger note, even though Pavlik had been in the Betty Ford clinic for his problem with alcohol, we really don’t how well Pavlik has recovered since he checked in. There was the story that he was in a brawl with his brother and many, his brother included, said that the two were drinking before a fight broke out.
     That’s kind of a no-no when you just came out of the Betty Ford Center.

     Regardless of whether this rumour is true or not, we have heard of numerous boxers who had their time in the limelight, had a good life and then had their life crashing down due to ill-advised spending, drugs, alcohol, or a bad combination of the three.

     The late Arturo Gatti couldn’t accustom to life outside the ring many thought, and that may have led to him having an extra drink a little too often.
Kelly Pavlik may have permanently thrown that opportunity out the window.

     The opportunity to box and do the thing that a former foe in Bernard Hopkins has done time and time again. The chance to revive his career and make a comeback to the top.



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Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Rizwaan Zahid is a recent graduate from Carleton University's School of Journalism and Communication Program, and is currently pursuing his aspiration of becoming a professional sports journalist.
Although relatively young, Rizwaan has shown his passion of writing the beautiful sport of boxing and has worked with Bragging Rights Corner, Boxing Banter, Diamond Boxing,
Fightfan.com, East Side Boxing as well as The Fight Network for over three years. With Fightfan.com, Rizwaan has been awarded the feature article of the month numerous times.
Over these past few years, Rizwaan has interviewed and conducted conferences with fighters and trainers such as Jeff Mayweather, Jermaine Taylor, Kelly Pavlik, Oscar De La Hoya, Roy Jones Jr., Jackie Kallen, Wayne McCullough, Manny Pacquaio, Wladimir Klitsckho and Emmanuel Steward.
  Rizwaan still has a strong passion for many other sports and has covered various sports in The Charlatan, Carleton University's newspaper. Rizwaan has also worked with PHASE 1 Basketball, a camp based out of Toronto which is a showcase for the best basketball Canada has to offer on various levels, as well as the Out of Left Field blog which attracts numerous readers daily.
Rizwaan Zahid hopes to continue his efforts in journalism in the world of sports.

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