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post Jan 19 2013, 04:20 PM
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He said he doesn't want to risk his health and he doesn't have the motivation to train at a high level. He is only 30. It sucks because he makes some exciting fights. I would love to see him in there with Froch, Kessler, or Bute. Those are all exciting fights. Pavlik just lost the desire. It wouldn't be surprising to see him back in 2 or 3 years.
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post Jan 19 2013, 06:03 PM
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thanks for a great career and memories!!! i wish him well.

i'll just echo...i would have loved to see him fight froch! that was a very winnable fight for him.
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post Jan 20 2013, 06:11 PM
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QUOTE (daprofessor @ Jan 19 2013, 06:03 PM) *
thanks for a great career and memories!!! i wish him well.

i'll just echo...i would have loved to see him fight froch! that was a very winnable fight for him.


I immediately thought of you when I heard this.

Kelly had a lot of heart and I wanted to see him match talents vs a few fighters but I can't blame him for handing em up. Honestly, he didn't seem motivated in his last fight and let's be frank, if you're not in it mentally, the last person you need to be fighting is Andre Ward.

The hyperbole was there in the beginning about this guy and I had my questions about his skill but I've always appreciated the heart he brought to the ring. Unlike many sob stories, his story about roughing it in Youngstown was very compelling and inspiring. Kelly was the epitome of that blue collar fighter. I hope he finds peace in his down time and uses it productively. In other words, I hope those demons have escaped him for good and he goes on to bigger and better things. Wouldn't mind seeing him pick up training and teaching some youngster that wicked 1-2 he delivered so beautifully straight down the pipe throughout his career.
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