|Real name||Kelly Robert Pavlik|
|Height||6 ft 2.5 in (189 cm)|
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
|Born||April 5, 1982|
Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.
|Wins by KO||34|
Kelly Robert Pavlik (born April 5, 1982) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 2000 to 2012. He won the unified WBC, WBO, Ring magazine and lineal middleweight titles by defeating Jermain Taylor in 2007, and made three successful defenses before losing them to Sergio Martínez in 2010.
Background and early life
Known as "The Ghost", Pavlik grew up on the south side of Youngstown, Ohio, in the traditional ethnic Slovak neighborhood of Lansingville. He graduated from Lowellville High School and Mahoning County Joint Vocational School in 2000. Pavlik has been trained by Jack Loew of Youngstown's South Side Boxing Gym for his entire career. His loyalty to his neighborhood and his unassuming, unglamorous lifestyle have earned him praise inside and outside the world of boxing.
- 1998 National Jr. PAL Amateur Champion, 147 pounds
- 1998 National Jr. Golden Gloves Amateur Champion, 147 pounds
- 1999 U.S. National Under-19 Amateur Champion, 147 pounds
Pavlik turned professional in 2000 and won his first 26 fights before stepping up in competition on October 7, 2005, to face Fulgencio Zúñiga for the vacant NABF Middleweight title. Zúñiga scored a knockdown with a left hook in the first round, but Pavlik recovered quickly and dominated the rest of the fight. Zúñiga was cut over his right eye by a clash of heads, and his corner stopped the fight after the ninth round.
On July 7, 2006, Pavlik defeated the former WBO Light Middleweight Champion Bronco McKart with sixth round technical knock out in his first defense of his NABF Middleweight title. McKart scored a knockdown when both of Pavlik's gloves touched the canvas in the fourth round. Pavlik knocked McKart down twice in the sixth round before the referee stopped the fight.
Pavlik headlined in his hometown at the Covelli Centre on November 2, 2006, and put on a dominant performance against Lenord Pierre. Pavlik scored a knockdown with a right hand late in the first round, and rocked Pierre repeatedly in the second and third rounds. Pavlik knocked down Pierre again with a left hook in the fourth round and the referee stopped the fight.
On January 27, 2007, in Anaheim, California, Pavlik defeated Jose Luis Zertuche with an eighth-round knockout in his second and final defense of his NABF Middleweight title. It was a fast-paced, exciting fight that concluded when Pavlik landed a right fist that froze Zertuche in his tracks and then landed an uppercut that dropped him face-first to the canvas.
Pavlik vs. Miranda
Pavlik defeated Edison Miranda on May 19, 2007, with a technical knock out in the seventh round. The fight was a WBC Middleweight Title Eliminator bout. This fight established him as the #1 middleweight contender. During the sixth round, Pavlik knocked Miranda down to the canvas twice. After the first knock down, Miranda spat out his mouthpiece, causing the referee, Steve Smoger, to deduct a point. As the sixth round ended, Miranda seemed unable to continue, but came out nonetheless. In the seventh round, Pavlik trapped Miranda in a corner with a barrage of vicious shots, forcing Smoger to stop the fight. Pavlik thus earned a chance for the middleweight title against Jermain Taylor, who had defeated Pavlik during their amateur careers in a bout that was part of the 2000 Olympic Team-USA Box-offs.
Pavlik vs. Taylor I & II
However, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in front of a pro-Pavlik crowd (approximately 6,231 Youngstown natives made the trip), Pavlik defeated Jermain Taylor on September 29, 2007. In the pre-fight build-up, Taylor's trainer, Emmanuel Steward, called Pavlik "overrated" and promised a knockout win for his boxer. It nearly happened, as Pavlik was knocked down in the second round and tossed about the ring for much of that round. However, using his reach advantage and ability to trap opponents in the corner, Pavlik slowly turned the tide on Taylor. By the sixth round, many at the ringside, such as the HBO commentator Larry Merchant, saw the fight as even. HBO's unofficial scorer, Harold Lederman, even had Pavlik leading the fight at the halfway point. Despite this, he was trailing on all three official scorecards. In the seventh round, Pavlik stunned his opponent with a clean left hook to the chin and backed him against the ropes knocking Taylor out with a barrage of punches. With the victory, Pavlik became the new WBC, WBO, The Ring and lineal middleweight champion. After the fight with Taylor, Pavlik and his father, Mike Pavlik Sr., accidentally left their paychecks in their hotel room. He was named The Boxing Times Fighter of the Year in 2007.
After the defeat, Taylor activated his clause for a non-title rematch, which was held on February 16 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada, with both fighters weighing-in at super middleweight.[clarification needed] Pavlik won the fight with a unanimous decision (117-111, 116-112 and 115–113), handing Taylor his second defeat.
Pavlik vs. Lockett
Pavlik made his first title defense of the Middleweight Championship against the WBO #1 mandatory challenger Gary Lockett on June 7, 2008, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Pavlik defeated Lockett with a third round technical knock out after Enzo Calzaghe, Lockett's trainer, threw in the towel when Lockett was down for the third time.
Pavlik vs. Hopkins
In a HBO PPV non-title bout on October 18, 2008, 43-year-old Bernard Hopkins (49-5-1 with 32 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Pavlik. Hopkins and Pavlik fought at a catch weight of 170 lbs (5 pounds below the light heavyweight limit) in a twelve-round non-title bout. Hopkins dominated the whole fight with multiple punch combinations, good defense and movement. Both fighters fought after the bell and needed to be separated by their corners.
Pavlik vs. Rubio
On February 21, 2009, his first bout after his defeat to Hopkins, Pavlik defeated Marco Antonio Rubio (the WBC #1 contender) in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, at the Chevy Centre with a ninth-round technical knockout. Pavlik dominated the fight, forcing Rubio's corner to concede the bout before the start of the tenth round.
Pavlik vs. Espino
Pavlik vs. Martinez
Following his win over Espino, Pavlik was set to fight Paul Williams. However, due to a major staph infection and an allergic reaction to some antibiotics that nearly killed him, Pavlik was forced to drop out of the fight. He was eventually able to fight again against the Light Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez.
On April 17, 2010, Pavlik attempted to defend his middleweight title for the fourth time against Sergio Martinez in Atlantic City. The fight was for Pavlik's WBC, WBO and The Ring Middleweight titles. Pavlik was defeated by Martinez by a unanimous 12-round decision.
Martínez controlled the early rounds with quick in and out movements, refusing to heavily engage with Pavlik. Martínez managed to cut Pavlik's left eyebrow in the first round. Pavlik then started to mount a comeback in the middle rounds by blocking Martínez's punches more effectively. Pavlik spent most of his time headhunting trying to land a hard right, which did help Pavlik score a knock-down in the seventh round. In the late rounds, Martínez came back and started to open up Pavlik's cuts more, making his face extremely bloody. In the post-fight interview, Pavlik stated that he could not see due to the blood.
Rehabilitation and return
Pavlik was set to move up the super middleweight division and fight Brian Vera, as the co-main event to Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito on November 13, 2010. However, roughly two weeks before the fight, Pavlik suffered a rib injury and had to pull out of the fight. He checked himself into the Betty Ford Center for alcohol rehabilitation.
After taking nearly a year off from boxing, Pavlik defeated Aaron Jaco in a largely unpublicized fight in San Antonio, Texas. Three months later, on June 8, 2012, Pavlik made his return to the national spotlight, defeating Scott Sigmon on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights. Sigmon had attacked Pavlik on Twitter, leading Pavlik to respond, "I'm gonna hurt this kid". Despite never knocking Sigmon down, Pavlik attacked the face of Sigmon, especially in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds. Badly bloodied, Sigmon conceded after the seventh round. On July 7, 2012, Pavlik fought the fairly-highly touted, up-and-coming prospect: Will Rosinsky. He defeated Rosinsky with a unanimous decision, to earn the fortieth win of his professional boxing career.
Pavlik vs. Ward
Pavlik was scheduled to fight on HBO the lineal super middleweight, as well as WBA and WBC, champion Andre Ward for his title on January 26, 2013 at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California. The fight was initially rescheduled for February 23, 2013 after Andre Ward suffered a shoulder injury in a sparring session leading up to the fight. However, the shoulder injury was more severe than originally thought and the fight was ultimately cancelled.
On January 26, 2016 Pavlik was charged with misdemeanor assault after shooting a worker with a pellet gun whilst he was digging a lake at Pavlik's home in August 2015. The case was upgraded to felonious assault after it was presented to a grand jury.
Professional boxing record
|42 fights||40 wins||2 losses|
|42||Win||40–2||Will Rosinsky||UD||10||Jul 7, 2012||Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S.|
|41||Win||39–2||Scott Sigmon||TKO||7 (10), 3:00||Jun 8, 2012||The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|40||Win||38–2||Aaron Jaco||TKO||2 (10), 0:45||Mar 31, 2012||Illusions Theater, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.|
|39||Win||37–2||Alfonso López III||MD||10||May 7, 2011||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|38||Loss||36–2||Sergio Martínez||UD||12||Apr 17, 2010||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||Lost WBC, WBO, and The Ring middleweight titles|
|37||Win||36–1||Miguel Espino||TKO||5 (12), 1:44||Dec 19, 2009||Beeghly Center, Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.||Retained WBC, WBO, and The Ring middleweight titles|
|36||Win||35–1||Marco Antonio Rubio||RTD||9 (12), 3:00||Feb 21, 2009||Chevrolet Centre, Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.||Retained WBC, WBO, and The Ring middleweight titles|
|35||Loss||34–1||Bernard Hopkins||UD||12||Oct 18, 2008||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|34||Win||34–0||Gary Lockett||TKO||3 (12), 1:40||Jun 7, 2008||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||Retained WBC, WBO, and The Ring middleweight titles|
|33||Win||33–0||Jermain Taylor||UD||12||Feb 16, 2008||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|32||Win||32–0||Jermain Taylor||TKO||7 (12), 2:14||Sep 29, 2007||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||Won WBC, WBO, and The Ring middleweight titles|
|31||Win||31–0||Edison Miranda||TKO||7 (12), 1:54||May 19, 2007||FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.|
|30||Win||30–0||Jose Luis Zertuche||KO||8 (12), 1:40||Jan 27, 2007||Honda Center, Anaheim, California, U.S.||Retained WBC–NABF middleweight title|
|29||Win||29–0||Lenord Pierre||TKO||4 (12), 0:46||Nov 2, 2006||Chevrolet Centre, Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.|
|28||Win||28–0||Bronco McKart||TKO||6 (12), 2:45||Jul 27, 2006||Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.||Won vacant WBC–NABF middleweight title|
|27||Win||27–0||Fulgencio Zúñiga||TKO||9 (12), 3:00||Oct 7, 2005||The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won vacant WBC–NABF middleweight title|
|26||Win||26–0||Vincent Harris||TKO||2 (8), 2:19||Aug 26, 2005||D & I Colonial Ballroom, Houston, Texas, U.S.|
|25||Win||25–0||Daniel Neal||TKO||1 (8), 1:49||Jun 10, 2005||Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|24||Win||24–0||Dorian Beaupierre||TKO||2 (10), 2:35||Mar 4, 2005||Silver Star Hotel and Casino, Choctaw, Mississippi, U.S.|
|23||Win||23–0||Ross Thompson||UD||8||Nov 27, 2004||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|22||Win||22–0||Carlton Holland||KO||2 (8), 2:59||Sep 18, 2004||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|21||Win||21–0||Pedro Ortega||TKO||6 (10)||Jul 2, 2004||Fieldhouse, Struthers, Ohio, U.S.|
|20||Win||20–0||Roberto Baro||KO||2 (8), 2:16||Mar 26, 2004||Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.|
|19||Win||19–0||Anthony Ivory||UD||8||Jan 23, 2004||Expo Center, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.|
|18||Win||18–0||Rico Cason||KO||2 (10), 2:02||Jul 1, 2003||Cafaro Field, Niles, Ohio, U.S.|
|17||Win||17–0||Cesar Avila||TKO||6 (6), 2:00||Mar 22, 2003||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|16||Win||16–0||Eduardo Gutierrez||TKO||2 (6), 2:59||Feb 8, 2003||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|15||Win||15–0||Edson Madrid||UD||6||Sep 14, 2002||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|14||Win||14–0||Abel Hernandez||TKO||1 (6), 2:54||Jul 30, 2002||Lucky Star Casino, Concho, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|13||Win||13–0||Eric Olds||KO||1 (6), 2:45||Jun 21, 2002||The Orleans, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||Robert Dasoyan||KO||2 (6), 2:15||Feb 23, 2002||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Rob Bleakley||KO||2 (8), 1:56||Nov 21, 2001||Holiday Inn Metroplex, Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Mario Lopez||TKO||2 (6), 1:42||Aug 4, 2001||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Grady Brewer||TKO||2 (4), 2:48||Jun 8, 2001||Ho-Chunk Casino, Baraboo, Wisconsin, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Tommy Walker||TKO||1 (4), 2:46||Mar 23, 2001||Sports Center, Owensboro, Kentucky, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Mathias Bedburdick||TKO||3 (4), 2:43||Feb 4, 2001||Lucky Star Casino, Concho, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Cedric Johnson||TKO||2 (4), 1:54||Dec 15, 2000||Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Lafayette Randolph||TKO||2 (4), 1:48||Nov 17, 2000||Peppermill, Reno, Nevada, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Anthony Collier||TKO||1 (4)||Oct 15, 2000||Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Frankie Sanchez||TKO||1 (4), 1:59||Sep 15, 2000||Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Nelson Hernandez||TKO||1 (4)||Aug 5, 2000||Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Eric Benito Tzand||TKO||3 (4)||Jun 16, 2000||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.|
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