Lem Satterfield

Drunk driving charges against Pavlik dropped

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Friday the 13th was Kelly Pavlik’s lucky day.

That’s when his attorney successfully argued in a Canfield, Ohio, court for drunk driving charges to be dropped against the former undisputed middleweight champ, who returns to the ring on June 8.

Boxrec.com lists Pavlik’s opponent as Scott Sigmon (22-3, 12 knockouts) in a bout to be contested at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

In December, Pavlik (38-2, 33 KOs) was arrested for a DUI in Canfield, Ohio, following a two-month stay at the Betty Ford Center. Pavlik was also involved in an altercation with his brother in July.

According to Pavlik’s hometown newspaper,The Youngstown Vindicator, Pavlik pleaded guilty to one count of failure to control a vehicle, another count of failure to report an accident and had to pay a $150.00 fine for each count for a total of $300.00

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The drunk driving charge was dropped by judge Scott Hunter after Pavlik’s defense attorney, Damian Billak, contended that there was a lack of evidence since there was no sobriety or breathalyzer test conducted.

Pavlik,  who turned 30 on April 4, is coming off last month’s second-round knockout of Aaron Jaco, this, after having left his native Youngstown, Ohio, and split with career-long trainer Jack Loew, in mid-January to train in Oxnard, Calif., under Robert Garcia.

“We knew that was going to happen,” said Top Rank CEO, Bob Arum. “So he’s on his way back to Oxnard, and I think that he will be there tonight. He’s ready to go for June 8.”

Photo by Chris Farina, Top Rank

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

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