Kelly Pavlik has pulled out of Saturday’s Showtime fight against Darryl Cunningham, his promotional firm,Top Rank, has announced.
Pavlik was upset over the offer he received from Top Rank for a pending matchup with IBF super middleweight titleholder Lucian Bute, according to a source involved in negotiations.
The Pavlik-Cunningham fight was supposed to take place in Youngstown, Ohio, Pavlik’s hometown.
“Top Rank is very disappointed at Kelly’s sudden decision to discontinue the rebuilding of his boxing career,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. “Kelly’s team specifically outlined a strategy for Kelly to return to the ring in an effective fashion. Kelly’s team gave us their objectives and we set them on a course, which began last May with Kelly’s fight against Alfonso Lopez and was to continue on Saturday against Darryl Cunningham. It seems Kelly has derailed this plan.”
Pavlik was trying to bounce back from a loss to Sergio Martinez and a subsequent bouts with a staph infection in his hand. He also recently had a stint in rehab for alcohol abuse.