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Kelly Pavlik Withdraws From Darryl Cunningham Clash

YOUNGSTOWN  – Former World Middleweight Champion and current World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 1-rated super middleweight contender KELLY “The Ghost” PAVLIK’s professional boxing comeback took a wrong turn inasmuch as Pavlik withdrew from his upcoming 10-round bout against Darryl Cunningham today. The Pavlik-Cunningham bout was scheduled to take place on Saturday at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, OH, and was to be televised live on SHOWTIME® as the main event of a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation. Both the broadcast and the live event have been canceled. Ticketholders can get a refund by returning their tickets to the place of purchase.

“Top Rank is very disappointed at Kelly’s sudden decision to discontinue the rebuilding of his boxing career,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank, Pavlik’s promoter. “Kelly’s team specifically outlined a strategy for Kelly to return to the ring in an effective fashion. Kelly’s team gave us their objectives and we set them on a course, which began last May with Kelly’s fight against Alfonso Lopez and was to continue on Saturday against Darryl Cunningham. It seems Kelly has derailed this plan.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 08-03-2011

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;10937623]He probably would have at that time. Of course Calzaghe wouldn't fight him and chose to go after safer foes as was his style.[/QUOTE] Shot Roy would beat Pavlik.

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 08-03-2011

[QUOTE=Andy****Hot;10937438]Haha Pavlik is the biggest joke in boxing, remember when people thought this guy would destroy Joe Calzaghe :alcoholic[/QUOTE] He probably would have at that time. Of course Calzaghe wouldn't fight him and chose to go after safer foes as…

Comment by AndyShitHot on 08-03-2011

Haha Pavlik is the biggest joke in boxing, remember when people thought this guy would destroy Joe Calzaghe :alcoholic

Comment by ATG Fighter on 08-03-2011

What a ****ing retard. He just pissed off his hometown fans, Showtime, and Top Rank.

Comment by chiguy91 on 08-02-2011

truly disappointing. i wonder what were his reasons...whatever they were, even if they weren't related to drinking, even though that seems the most likely reason, i doubt we'll be seeing pavlik in a big fight ever again.

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