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Pavlik brothers draw cops with fight

Former world middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik reportedly was involved in an alcohol-fueled fight with his older brother Friday, attracting police to their parents' home in Youngstown, Ohio.

The Youngstown Vindicator reported that the 29-year-old Pavlik — seven months removed from his stint in an alcohol-abuse facility — punched a door of the home, then dragged Michael Pavlik Jr., 35, through a broken window, leaving a trail of broken glass and blood on nearby steps. Michael Pavlik appeared to have minor cuts on his arms and hands, police said, but refused medical attention.

Kelly Pavlik was not on the scene when officers arrived, and police were unable to contact him for questioning. His brother declined to press charges.

The fight, which reportedly was preceded by an angry exchange between the brothers, was witnessed by Michael's girlfriend, police said.

Michael Pavlik was charged in 2009 with felony domestic violence for an attack on a former girlfriend, pleading guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor domestic violence. He served 35 days of a 60-day county jail sentence.

Pavlik checked into the Betty Ford Center for alcohol abuse in late 2010 and was released in January. His family told Yahoo Sports that he also spent time an alcohol rehab earlier in the year, prior to his April 2010 loss to Sergio Martinez.

Kelly Pavlik most recently won a majority decision over Alfonso Lopez in May, his first ring appearance since the Martinez loss and the most-recent alcohol rehabilitation treatment. He currently is in training to fight Darryl Cunningham (23-2, 10 KOs) on Aug. 6 at the Covelli Center in Youngstown.

Pavlik (37-3, 32 KOs) is the former RING, WBC and WBO middleweight champion.

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