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pavlik had a good career howmany people can say they were world champs at any thing . once a fighter loses his desire for the grind of the ring he should quit .Hope he stays retired .To bad he didnt get his last payday with ward . I hope he gets his life together and he stays retire those come backs are usally not a good idea . a few exceptins are vitali klitchko george foreman .But for ever succesul comeback there are usally 100 failures

Posted February 6, 2013 10:02 pm 


I love boxing, but there is no doubting that is is a dangerous game and even the best pay a price later in life. It is good that Pavlik is retiring. Money can’t buy back one’s health and he is wise enough to know it. Pavlik had some fine wins against top men and was willing to meet the best. Good luck to him in retirement.

Posted January 22, 2013 12:35 pm 


I have no issue with Pavlik quitting but pretending this is the purely the result of promise fullfilled or exhausting all avenues to Greatness is a JOKE… Pavlik was a guy who abused himself outside the ring and did not respect the craft at the highest levels… Marvin Hagler was a rock hard Champion who came ready everytime he was called upon…I cannot understand the rockstar celebration regarding Pavliks retirement, the real narrative was that he could not handle the reality of stardom and newfound wealth.. He succumbed to the same demons that took down other athletes…And by the way, if you think he won’t be BACK looking for a payday you are kidding yourself this lasts 2 years MAX…

Posted January 21, 2013 3:38 pm 

te tumbo

if Pavlik was this close to retiring anyway, i’m glad the Ward fight didn’t come off. i now suspect Kelly was preparing to absorb a career-ending loss and collect one final payday before calling it quits. i never believed he had a chance v. Ward. it was a career-ender no matter how you looked at it. don’t know why it now seems that much less appealing further down the line(?). it seems that Kelly has completely lost his desire, dedication, and nerve for the fight-game. it seems premature considering his remaining payday potential but when even money isn’t enough to jumpstart his heart, it must truly be time for this prizefighter to call it a career. too bad. i considered Pavlik v. Chavez Jr. a not too remote possibility.

Posted January 21, 2013 1:33 pm 

It’s Me, Ernie

Like Marvelous Marvin Hagler said” It’s hard to get up at 4:00 am to do roadwork when you are sleeping in silk pajamas”.

Posted January 21, 2013 12:10 pm 

It’s Me, Ernie

How long is a career supposed to last? He won the world title, made several million bucks and now is moving on. Good for him.

Posted January 21, 2013 12:08 pm 


what a waste of a promising career.. too bad.. with him well..

Posted January 20, 2013 10:47 pm 


JpL…..youre right….a “sport” shouldnt do such damage in the name of good natured competition. But, it sure is compelling to watch, especially, (or should I say ONLY) when both guys have skills and an attitude that doesnt accept defeat. Great defense makes it easier to watch, because a healthier retirement is likely possible. Pavlik DID NOT have good defense, so retirement should be in order….RIGHT NOW!!!

Posted January 20, 2013 9:34 pm 


Hopefully he considers his health in retirement, when those drinks are being bought for him. He seemed a really nice guy, he was a good fighter, with an amazing ability to finish hurt opponents. He’s lucky the Ward fight didn’t happen though and I hope he’s really retired for good and for the reasons he gave. Marquez, Mosely, Mayweather, Martinez, Klitschko bros, Paquiao, take note.

Posted January 20, 2013 9:27 pm 


Good for you Pavlik.
Boxing is not a sport…

Posted January 20, 2013 8:52 pm 


Good for him! Let him relax now and move onto better things. His health is far more important than the accolades of a crowd or a championship belt! He was a solid TOUGH fighter – not the slouch lazy type. He always came prepared. His style was a bit too one dimensional, which allowed for versatile boxers having their way against him. At one time, his alcohol issues was a thing of concern. When he retires, and at times becomes bored, hopefully he won’t succumb to its lure when he realizes he doesnt have to train to meet deadlines anymore. He was a hardworking passionate example of the sport, he should take that same attitude into life and become something special again.

Posted January 20, 2013 6:17 pm 


hell e miss

Posted January 20, 2013 3:56 pm 

Cheese Cake

tough guy aren’t you?

Posted January 20, 2013 1:08 pm 


As a fan I am sorry to lose such a great fighter. Credit to Mr. Pavlik for knowing the time to go. He has not looked his old destructive self for quiet a while now and think, for what that is worth, making the correct decision. One of my all time favourite fighters to watch, I remember predicting his defeat against Miranda, after that I never bet against him again.

Posted January 20, 2013 12:59 pm 


Nice to see a fighter leave the game for the right reasons. Thanks for the memories, Kelly! And happy retirement.

Posted January 20, 2013 11:08 am 


As a fan I’m sad to hear this but am also happy for him. This is just about the hardest decision and athlete can make so I wish Pav luck and happiness and good health in his old age. Thank you for some memorable fights Kelly Pavlik. It was fun while it lasted.

Posted January 20, 2013 11:07 am 


Pavlik was alot of fun at his best and he was gutty but let’s get real he’s a troubled person who has been battling alcoholism and other demons.. Not exactly a fighter who just “quit” while he was on top or had a revelation… Funny guys who are lauding Pavlik after calling it a day at 30 were pissed when a 37 going on 38 Lewis retired as HW Champion??

Posted January 20, 2013 10:44 am 


Well done for leaving on his terms. Not many boxers do that.

Posted January 20, 2013 9:22 am 

Oswald Cobblepott

Seen the Ghost fight Jermain Taylor in Vegas, it was a hell of a bout Thanks for the memories!

Posted January 20, 2013 8:57 am 


Pavlik had a great payday coming against Bute, who could not hurt him all that much, either a sign of continued outside of the ring problems, or huge integrity. Good call Pavlik.

Posted January 20, 2013 7:57 am 

troy l. lacey

messin with b.hop! good luck ghost,u gave it all. taylor 1,miranda r classics!

Posted January 20, 2013 7:26 am 


If only all fighters were as smart as him. Fight the best opponents you can for the future. and then get the f### out of there. Well done and all th best for your future.

Posted January 20, 2013 7:16 am 


Good luck mate.

Posted January 20, 2013 6:09 am 


wish you the best champ, and thanx for the fights.

Posted January 20, 2013 4:09 am 


Good call from Pavlik! Wish him all the best and a healthy future. Stay busy, stay in the sport and throw some wisdom at the younguns coming up! Thanks for some great nights Champ!

Posted January 20, 2013 2:38 am 

Kevin M

Anybody that has ever suffered from a prolonged, flesh-eating staph infection definitely learns the meaning of mere mortal. Scared the living daylights out of me.

Posted January 20, 2013 1:59 am 

It’s Me, Ernie

Well said terror tim

Posted January 20, 2013 1:43 am 

The Prince

Simply put, Hopkins took his heart and soul when he embarrassed him that night. Pavlik was very over-hyped at that point and Hopkins made him look like a child taking his first boxing lessons. He never mentally recovered since. Perhaps him quitting is for the best. He saw the writing on the wall; other boxers where just using him as a stepping stone, not as a respected equal in combat.

Posted January 20, 2013 1:30 am 

terror tim

Always enjoyed watching Pavlik fight. He had himself a very good career. Climbed the top of he mountain of what he does which more than the haters on here can say for themselves. It appears he has other investments in a strip mall that seems to be going well for him. I wish him the best of luck in the next chapter of his life.

Posted January 19, 2013 9:23 pm 


He was a joke of a hype job. He was the “champ” the same time as Arthur Abrham and he refused to fight him. Could not handle his booze and old men like popkins in the ring so he started binging. This is the same clown who was calling out Calzaghe hahaha. Joe would had done him some serious damage just like he did to the other hype job Jeff Lacey. He was been dribbeling ever since Joe had his way with him

Posted January 19, 2013 8:22 pm 

Swedish Boxing Fan

I wish Kelly Pavlik all the best out-side the ring and that he can get peace in his life, sad when he was in his physical prime years but he did right to retire. Becouse if you can’t give it your best you can’t win any fights and Kelly pavlik have had his demon taking its piece of him and the Bernard Hopkins fight made him leave the ring as not the same fighter he enterd. Good luck champ.

Posted January 19, 2013 8:12 pm 


Demon is traveller’s buttpal…they kno nothing of what they speak just ignore them fellas. As for u who has no name how low do u have to be to kick a man when hes down. Id rather see him retire for lack of will, then to get beat for money. Let him be

Posted January 19, 2013 8:00 pm 


After hearing this he’s darn lucky the Ward fight didn’t happen. He would’ve gotten killed. He was probably just looking for one last decent payday. I have a feeling that this decision might’ve not been made by just him alone. Perhaps Robert Garcia saw something that made him feel Kelly could no longer compete at a high level. Kelly had a good brief run as a top fighter but I think he never fully recovered after the near shutout loss to Hopkins. And of course he was a drunk outside the ring which didn’t help matters. I just hope he sticks to this and doesn’t return because a fighter who is considering retirement at 30 no longer belongs in the ring.

Posted January 19, 2013 7:45 pm 


I think there is more to his retiring now than just health risk down the road. His people probably suggested it because he lacks the will and the desire to dedicate himself to the sport. Too many outside distractions.

Posted January 19, 2013 7:11 pm 


i heard john l sullivan would down a quart of gin before a title fight

Posted January 19, 2013 6:59 pm 


This guy had a fun 15 minutes. But by all accounts he’s a bum and a lowlife. Thanks for retiring and not wasting anymore HBO dates with fights that you’re going to flake on or not train properly for. It’s a shame that he wasted all that talent with booze and outside the ring problems. If his head was crammed so far up his ass he could have been a super star in boxing. Oh, well. Later, you’ll soon be forgotten.

Posted January 19, 2013 6:52 pm 


Shame, I hope he does OK in his retirement – I’d have thought that would be more dangerous to his health than training and fighting. But when the motivation isn’t there any more, there’s nothing you can do about it. Good luck to him.

Posted January 19, 2013 6:48 pm 


kel will regret this decision its a shame he has at least 3 high level fights left in him bute kessler froch forget ward …

Posted January 19, 2013 6:46 pm 


Oh, you must be new to boxing. He was the legitimate, lineal middleweight champion for three years. Hardly a “hype job.” Silly newbies.

Posted January 19, 2013 6:41 pm 

Lance Pharmstrong

I have a feeling he might be found dead in a few years. Hope Im wrong.

Posted January 19, 2013 6:35 pm 


It’s rash to quit at this point—when you’re so young and talented… It was a huge disappointment for Kelly that the Ward fight was cancelled. That’s the kind of opportunity that you pray for—and then fate intervenes and your hopes are dashed.

If you’re a bit of a negative person in the first place, and you’ve had a lot of physical problems in a row to deal with, especially with alcoholism making it tougher, you might think, “Well.. This is a sign I probably shouldn’t continue with this game. Ward is the perfect opponent for me—and there goes another 10 million dollars and a possible world title. No telling when I’ll get another title shot … Maybe I should just quit while I’m behind.”

Posted January 19, 2013 6:35 pm 


most of his health problems were created from all the drinking he’s done. with all the free time he’s going to have away from the sport, good luck for him for not drinking more.

Posted January 19, 2013 6:21 pm 


Wise choice. He hasn’t been the same since losing to Hopkins. The same happened to Trinidad. It’s special type of beating that leaves a permanent damage in a fighter. Also happened Lacey when he took a beating from Calzaghe

Posted January 19, 2013 6:11 pm 

boxing barlow

He’s not mentally strong enough to really become a great fighter. He definately had some tools but no fighter should be an alcoholic

Posted January 19, 2013 6:05 pm 


One more!!! I know he would smoke Bute.

Posted January 19, 2013 5:47 pm 

It’s Me, Ernie

Best of luck Kelly and thanks for the exciting fights…

Posted January 19, 2013 5:32 pm 

Edgar Guevara

He is not the same fighter since beating Taylor

Posted January 19, 2013 5:31 pm 

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