Posted January 19, 2013

Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik announces retirement

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Kelly Pavlik retires with a 40-2 record and 34 knockouts. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Kelly Pavlik, 30, retires with a 40-2 record and 34 knockouts. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Citing concerns about his health and motivation, 30-year-old Kelly Pavlik told ESPN.com that he will retire from boxing.

The former middleweight champion boasts a lifetime record of 40-2, including 34 knockouts. He held the title belt from 2007, when he defeated Jermain Taylor, to 2010, when he lost to Sergio Martinez, making three successful defenses in between.

Pavlik told ESPN’s Dan Rafael that concern over future medical problems, as well as a lack of drive to continue fighting, led to his decision to retire.

“When you stay in the sport too long you have health problems. That’s a big, big thing for me,” Pavlik said. “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.

Pavlik took two separate layoffs of nearly a full year between 2010 and 2012, facing personal problems that included alcoholism, a contract dispute and a breakup with trainer Jack Loew. He has plans to open a gym in his native Youngstown, Ohio.

He was scheduled to challenge super middleweight champion Andre Ward on Jan. 26, but the fight was pushed back and eventually cancelled because of Ward’s shoulder injury. Pavlik said that the cancellation may have been a blessing in disguise.

“I’ve been a pro for 13 years and doing this since I was 9,” he said. “I go away for two or three months at a time (to train) and I’m tired of leaving my family. It comes to a point where you just don’t want to do that anymore. I put my money away and then with the Ward fight being canceled, well, health and time with my family is more important at this stage, especially with no guaranteed big fight or date.”


8 comments
akattack
akattack

Alcoholism is a hard road to hoe. Hopefully starting a gym will provide the outlet that he needs to stay out of trouble.

joeshine730
joeshine730

Throw Pavliks parents in jail for taking all his money.

joeshine730
joeshine730

Kelly Pavlik just lost the battle for his dignity to alcohol and drugs. Nice job booze and drugs ruining another life. Kelly has no parents of note that care and a wife who just mooches off his waning funds. Jack Loew was correct in saying Pavlik has no family to help him. Kelly's parents just drained Kelly financially and his wife jsut wasn't there. Look at pavliks tattoed Nazi body?? That body screams out please help me. Nice job Dad. 

Cody Smith
Cody Smith

don't understand the black people, they have the naacp and argue about freedom, equil rights, ect. yet they worship the verry people (democrats) that slaved them in the first place!! The KKK was founded by white democrats..the first slaves was braught to AMERICA by a RICH BLACK man!! Now the dems not only want to slave the black community but ALL americans.. WOW wake up people... maybe our white ancestors was right...blacks are not human,other wise why would they support a half white democrat president that takes a way their rights? wow what a joke...oh yea, want my guns?? come and take em!

HomerTThompson
HomerTThompson

You gave us some good fights with Jermain Taylor and Benard Hopskins. I think Andre Ward wouldve been too much for you, but you have never backed away fr a fight. You were and are a class act. More classy than your ex trainer Jack Leow. You got better when you left him. Enjoy your retirement young fella. You've earned it!!!

HomerTThompson
HomerTThompson

 @joeshine730 Ive heard Kelly speak dozens of times. Ive seen the company he keeps. I would be shocked and amazed if he went the racist route. I would be careful on who I would call a Nazi. Now Jack Loew, thats another story. I wouldnt be surprised at all about him. Hmm...

HomerTThompson
HomerTThompson

 @Cody Smith I didnt think ppl like you still existed. All your facts are completely inaccurate and just plain silly. The bigger point here is that your parents failed you. HATE is a learned trait. You wear it well. Low IQ. Wake up before its too late. Question. Could you please take your ignorance to the HATE sites and leave us sports nuts along? Please. Thx.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

 @Cody Smith Maybe you don't understand them cause that racist mind of yours doesn't allow it, or it could just be the hate. ; )