By Tim Royner: Former middleweight champion Kelly ‘The Ghost’ Pavlik (40-2, 34 KOs) says he almost came back last year for a fight against 160lb champion Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin. Pavlik said they wanted him to fight Triple G, but there was no way that he could make middleweight at that point in his life. Pavlik says he never seriously gave it a consideration.
By Allan Fox: You knew it was probably not going to be a permanent retirement when former WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (40-2, 34 KO’s) told ESPN recently that he was hanging up the gloves to protect his heath. It didn’t take too long for Pavlik to start having second thoughts about his retirement, as he’s now saying to RingTV that there’s a 5% chance he’ll fight again if a big fight is offered to him, but short of that then he’ll stay retired.
The chances of Pavlik being offered a big fight will drop dramatically if he doesn’t get anything offered to him in the next 12 months. The problem for Pavlik is he’s already missed so much time in the past three years due to a staph infection on his right hand and due to his alcohol related problems.
By Dan Ambrose: 30-year-old former WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (40-2, 34 KO’s) has decided to hang up his gloves after 13 years as a pro. Pavlik told ESPN that he wants to get out of the sport while he can to avoid future health problems in his 50s and 60s. It might be a wise decision for the 6’2” Pavlik being that he’s always taken a lot of punishment in his fights, and it would only get worse if he were to fight longer.
Pavlik told ESPN “When you stay in the sport too long you have health problems. That’s a big, big thing for me. 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 thing? Why take any more chances.”
By Chris Williams: Promoter Bob Arum isn’t sure whether former WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (40-2, 34 KO’s) will continue his once successful boxing career. Arum isn’t saying why he’s questioning Pavlik but it seems that he has doubts in him now for some reason.
Arum said to boxingtalk.com “I don’t know if Kelly is going to continue to pursue his career. I really can’t say. I’m not sure what Kelly’s plans are.”
The first thing you’ve got to wonder is if Pavlik is off the wagon and is drinking alcohol again. If that were to be the case then it’s understandable why Arum might not be happy with him. However, Arum says that’s not what it is, but he’s saying why he doubts Pavlik wants to continue fighting.
By William Mackay: Former WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (40-2, 34 KO’s) is reportedly deeply upset with the cancellation of his scheduled fight with WBC/WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward, as he really wanted that fight and felt that he had a real chance to win and turn his career around with a big victory. Pavlik’s management is now looking to get him a fight with former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute for March or April of 2013.
Pavlik said to RingTV.com “It’s kinda hard, due to the fact that I finally got my opportunity after a handful of years…I was kind of expecting it [Ward to cancel the fight], but at the same it’s just kinda of depressing.”