Pavlik on the Comback Trail

By: Gordie Tamayo Follow me @TheTitleFight

We all have our share of demons; some more visible than others. In the case of Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik, his highly publicized battle with alcohol has become just another hurdle he is leaving behind on the road to redemption.
After reaching the pinnacle of success capturing two world titles in dominant fashion over Jermain Taylor in 2007, Pavlik went on to lose his status as one of the most feared fighters in the game.  Losing a chess match to an aging Bernard Hopkins at a catch-weight of 170 pounds in 2008 then withering down to 160 pounds to face Sergio Martinez in 2010 only to get out-boxed in the stretch, marked the beginning of Pavlik’s descent from the echelon of elite prizefighters.


Alcohol turned into Pavlik’s newest nemesis but, after some self-reflection, rehab and a cross-country move with new a trainer, the former champ is picking up the pieces and making his way back at a second crack at the likes of the Andre Wards’ and Carl Frochs’ of the 168 pound division.


Less than a month since his seventh-round TKO over a durable Scott Sigmon, Pavlik has been called upon to face relatively unknown Will Rosinsky (16-1,9KO) in a super-middleweight bout as opener of HBO’s televised card at the Home-Depo Center in Carson, CA this weekend.  Getting past this weekends opponent pits Pavlik one step closer to a title shot and Pavlik appears to be taking none of it lightly.


With new trainer Robert Garcia in his corner, Pavlik has voiced that his strengths are becoming more versatile and he is not just the one punch heavy hitter known in the past.  This weekend should gauge his progress and give an indication of where Pavlik is at.  Many want to root for traces of the Pavlik of old but admit the vote is still out. Let us bank on the fact that as dedicated as he has been in and out of gym, we will see a Pavlik showing how determined he is for a title shot.

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