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Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik Heads to Betty Ford

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Former middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik has checked himself into the Betty Ford Rehabilitation Center to battle his toughest opponent yet, alcohol addiction.

In what has been a three-year battle for the fighter out of Youngstown, Ohio he has chosen to face his demons head on and vows to spend “as long as it takes” to become alcohol-free.  Rumors of alcohol addiction were swirling after Pavlik had two lackluster performances after becoming middleweight champion. Those around him were quick to deny those rumors, but those in and around boxing knew that the denials were hollow. ESPN boxing analyst Dan Rafael pointed out that Pavlik’s drinking problems were not a secret to those in the fight game.

The check-in came after a family intervention in order to confront Pavlik head on. Those in his inner circle, including his parents point to the difficulty of instant stardom on a small-town blue-collar kid. They pointed out that Kelly never wanted to disappoint his fans and had a hard time turning down free drinks.

Pavlik’s manager points to the struggle when speaking about The Ghost’s losses to Bernard Hopkins and Sergio Martinez. He is also honest in his assertion that he doesn’t know if Kelly will ever fight again.

For as much as he means to the city of Youngstown and as great of a story as he is to boxing, here’s to hoping he is able to recover and resume his boxing career.


One Response to “Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik Heads to Betty Ford”

  1. “here’s to hoping he is able to recover and resume his boxing career.”….”I’ll drink to that!” (as our glasses clink)

    Posted by Bobby Digital | November 30, 2010, 1:23 pm

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