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SecondsOut.com: "Kelly Pavlik and the Hard Road of Boxing"

04/27/2010

Thomas Hauser writes on SecondsOut.com: "Most professional fighters have struggled with demons. That's one of the things that impelled them to become fighters. They're faced with the constant reality of being punched by men trained in the art of hurting. And if a fighter becomes The Man, it seems as though everyone wants a piece of him.

"Kelly Pavlik has been a fighter through much of his childhood and all of his adult life. No matter how many challenges he confronts in and out of the ring, there's always another dragon to slay on fight night.

"Pavlik moved into the spotlight three years ago when he knocked out Edison Miranda in seven rounds. On September 29, 2007, he duplicated that feat against Jermain Taylor to become middleweight champion of the world. A victorious rematch against Taylor and third-round demolition of mandatory challenger Gary Lockett followed."

Read the full article, including a behind-the-scenes account of Pavlik before and after the Sergio Martinez fight April 17, here.

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