Nobody knows for sure what is going in the world of Kelly Pavlik these days. ESPN.com reported last week that Pavlik was going to make a geographical transition with a new support staff, a new trainer, and a new place to call home. Pavlik’s trainer since he took up the sport, Jack Loew, scratches his head and can understand he might be facing life after Pavlik, but does not understand why the former champion, and someone he considers a son, would not sit and talk with him about his future plans.
“The last time I talked with Kelly, I was his trainer”, said Loew on Friday. “If I am, I am, and if not, we have had a great run at it. The only thing that upsets me is that I have done all I can do for the kid. I can’t control what he does when he leaves the gym. In 2007 and 2008, I was better than chocolate pudding and everybody loved me. Because he went on a drinking binge and screwed up his own career should not reflect on me, and a lot of people are looking at it that way.”
Loew has some up-and-comers in the stable, including Dannie Williams, who has recently signed a deal with Dibella Productions and will be fighting on ESPN in January. I have said it before, and I will say it again, Jack Loew is not a one trick pony. Yes, Kelly Pavlik was his in, his mealticket, and his primary focus for a long stretch. However, there is a Willie Nelson, a Popo Salinas, a Dannie Williams, and a full gym of talented kids who Loew can work with.
“If Kelly decides to go with Robert Garcia or Freddie Roach, God Bless him, I wish him nothing but the very best”, said Loew. “He is a great kid and has been loyal to me. I made a ton of money with Kelly and I was smart with my money. I knew there would be an end to the Pavlik Era sometime, unfortunately it ended a little too early. If we are splitting up, I wish him the best, I really do. Jack Loew is gonna be fine.”
“The thing that bothers me the most was I told him that if that is what is going to happen, I am fine with it if it comes from you. If I have to read about it on the internet, that will piss me off a little bit. He said he would call me Sunday when he got home, and obviously, he has not called me yet. I just hope it doesn’t end on a bad note because we have had such a great relationship. Alcohol has done some bad things to Kelly and I hope that it hasn’t hurt his respect for me that he can’t call me to let me know what is going on.”
Don’t misunderstand this article, if Pavlik leaves he may succeed again with someone else in his corner. I think he would still have great support from Youngstown and will still represent himself as a Youngstown native. In my opinion, Top Rank is playing their hand and telling Kelly he has to get out of Youngstown, albeit with Loew, or a new trainer, to resume his fighting schedule. Pavlik himself has said that everything he does publicly is magnified because he is a public figure who is known nationally. If he was drinking after the Edison Miranda fight, people were buying his drinks. If he went to a bar after the Sergio Martinez fight, he had a problem. Public perception and the strong arm of Bob Arum work hand-in-hand to export our champion?
I have made several efforts to contact Pavlik with no response. Scour this website, it has been up for three years, and look for a negative viewpoint on Pavlik. Good luck reading every article, fight preview, and summary, there are none. Whatever you do champ, good luck and we will all be rooting for you.