Read this article before advancing. Jack Loew gave me his side of this story a month-and-a-half ago. The emphasis was that he was unsure if he was still the trainer of Kelly Pavlik or not, and hadn’t heard from him.
WFMJ aired comments by both Pavlik and Loew in a good piece by Dana Balash. I spoke with Pavlik to follow-up on what was unfolding, and got his side of the story, as well as, new comments from Loew.
“He is a good kid, but he is ruining his life”, said Loew. “He has ruined his body. He drinks and smokes a pack of cigarettes every day and is going downhill fast. When he cancelled the fight in Youngstown, he has probably drank each day since.”
“He better watch what he says”, stated Pavlik. “He has a lot of skeletons in his closet, and if I do not hit him with a defamation of character lawsuit, I have a lot that I could bring up, I have been biting my tongue.”
Pavlik has been given another chance by Top Rank to fight. The former champion said he is leaving on December 29 for California where he will start training with Robert Garcia. He also said that he can potentially fight on a Top Rank card at New York’s Madison Square Garden on February 25, his son’s birthday.
“I never missed a day of training”, said Pavlik. “yet all I ever hear is that he keeps shooting off his mouth telling people that I still have a drinking problem. His comments are harsh and ignorant, and for all he has because of me, he sure seems unappreciative. He told people I am not welcome at his gym. Does he not understand that without me there wouldn’t have been a gym? He must have forgot that I had to beg Top Rank to keep him on when they wanted me to get rid of him.”
Loew said he is tired of the drama and just wants to move on. “I have plenty of other things going on. All I ever wanted from Kelly was to meet and discuss his options. I had to read about his intentions on the internet and that would basically tell me that it is time to move on and that I am obviously done with him.”
“Jack’s kids are grown”, added Pavlik. “I have babies to feed, and I have to do what I have to do to make sure they are taken care of. If that means going to California, then that is what I have to do. I plan on making the most of this second chance that Top Rank has given me. People could say I’m washed up all they want. I lost two fights, one to the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, Sergio Martinez, and the other to a living legend in Bernard Hopkins. I beat Jermaine Taylor , twice. I am not done.”
Loew disagreed with that philosophy. “He is done. He will never be a champion again because of what he has done to himself, to his body.”