Former undisputed middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik, who was treated and released from the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., for a drinking problem in January after a two-month stay, is free on bond after being arrested for a DUI in Canfield, Ohio, late Wednesday night.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, Pavlik’s promoter, upon hearing the news for the first time from RingTV.com on Thursday morning, had no comment.
According to a report, Pavlik allegedly hit a lamp post and telephone pole with a green ATV before driving home. When officers came to investigate, Pavlik’s friend Daniel Ferreri, told them that it was he who had been in the ATV.
Pavlik intervened however, yelling obscenities at the officers, who suspected the boxer to be intoxicated, and instructed him to leave. Ferreri eventually told the officers that it was indeed Pavlik who was the one who drove the vehicle.
Ferreri was then arrested for obstruction of justice and after refusing a series of sobriety tests, and Pavlik was arrested as well.
Pavlik was booked on charges of driving under the influence, failing to stop after an accident, and failing to maintain control of his vehicle.
Jail records indicate that Pavlik was released on bond around 2:00 a.m. Pavlik’s arraignment is set for Friday in Canfield at The Mahoning County Municipal Court.
In an interview late last month with RingTV.com, the 29-year-old Pavlik (37-2, 32 KOs) said that he was ready to take advantage of career changes proposed by his father, Dunkin, Arum and Top Rank Vice President Carl Moretti during an Oct. 21 meeting in New York.
Dunkin, Arum and Moretti had invited the Pavliks to New York, where they were in attendance for an Oct. 22, HBO-televised bout during which Top Rank Inc. fighter Nonito Donaire won a unanimous decision over Omar Narvaez at Madison Square Garden.
In an interview on the evening of Oct. 21, Arum told RingTV.com that the gathering with the Pavliks went well, and Dunkin outlined the details designed to resurrect the beleagured Kelly Pavlik to the point where he is on par with mangerial stablemates such as Donaire, RING No. 1-rated lightweight Brandon Rios, RING No. 8-ranked pound for pound WBO junior welterweight beltholder Tim Bradley and unbeaten featherweight prospect Mikey Garcia.
That scenario meant breaking ties with career-long trainer, Jack Loew and leaving his native Youngstown, Ohio, where he always seemed to find trouble. Pavlik said that he welcomed the change “for several reasons” during an interview with RingTV.com in late October.
“Everybody and their mother knows that there has been a lot of negativity surrounding me in Youngstown, especially from the media outlets there. The negativity has flowed all around. I still have a lot of friends there and people who are friendly with me. I can’t even go to the store without somebody wanting to shake my hand or to take a picture with me to get an autograph from me,” said Pavlik.
“To this day, in that small, little city, I’ve probably, since 2007, signed every autograph there. But really, I guess that I haven’t. It’s just that there are some negative parts. Behind my back distractions. So I just think that it’s better to get away and maybe try a different atmosphere. At this stage, you know, what’s it going to hurt? I want to get out there, see what they have, work with personal trainers. Let’s just see what happens.”
The change also meant that Pavlik would be joining forces with a new trainer in Robert Garcia, with whom he would begin workouts just after the Christmas holidays. Garcia trains Donaire, Rios and Mikey Garcia.
“It’s sad in the way it ended. When you can’t control a fighter outside of the ring, it’s time to walk away. I have no control of Kelly outside of the ring anymore and I refuse to take the heat for things I can’t control,” said Loew, Pavlik’s trainer since he was 9.
“I have no desire to work with Kelly Pavlik anymore. I wish him the best. If he goes to California … and becomes the world champion again, then God bless him. We have fond memories.”
During the same interview, Pavlik said that Loew should be more respectful to him for “making him money that he never would have seen in his life,” adding, “I’ve never heard anyone run their fighter down like Jack has run me down.”
Loew said that he and Pavlik are no longer speaking and that he no longer considers himself to be a part of “Team Pavlik.”
Among the alterations suggested to Pavlik was to move with his wife and two young children from Youngstown to Oxnard, Calif., where Garcia lives.
Top Rank was to pay for Pavlik’s living expenses caused by the change, which was meant to allow Pavlik to spend the holidays with his family in Youngstown so as not to disrupt the lives of his wife and children too suddenly.