Originally written on MyBoxing  |  Last updated 10/23/14

YOUNGSTOWN, OH - DECEMBER 19: Kelly Pavlik (R) fights against Miguel Espino (L) during their World Middleweight Championship match on December 19, 2009 at the Beeghly Center in Youngstown, Ohio. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
In a sport that usually consumes its stars until too late into life it seems Kelly Pavlik has made himself an exception to the rule. The 30 year old middleweight announced today that he will end his professional boxing career after 13 years. The decision, says Pavlik, was caused by a number of factors the largest of which being his long-term health and of course his family(Pavlik is married and the father of two). As well, the Ohio native referenced a successful business venture and the money he has made over his career as a reason for no longer needing the income. The most boxing-relevant reason that Pavlik gave for hanging up the gloves was a lack of drive. Though he claimed that the lack of motivation has been fairly long in the making, one can not help but think that his cancelled title bout with Andre Ward had a lot to do with it. Up until very recently it seemed that Pavlik had just regained his motivation to fight. He had some alcohol related troubles which disrupted and pre...
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