Originally posted on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 6/8/12

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)
Kelly Pavlik is facing a true crossroads fight tonight on Friday Night Fights.  The match is not only about winning for Pavlik but making an emphatic statement.  Anything other than an impressive performance Friday night will be viewed by those watching as a big step back for Pavlik. The year of 2011 was a very forgettable one in both Pavlik’s professional and personal life. An unimpressive decision against Alfonso Lopez was followed by Pavlik pulling out at the last minute of a summer fight against journeyman southpaw Daryl Cunningham at in his hometown of Youngstown, OH. That decision put Showtime and his promoter Top Rank in a bad position, and the cancellation of that fight also forced the cancellation of a November fight against Lucian Bute. Credit: Tom Casino / Showtime Daryl Cunningham later was easily knocked out by Andre Dirrell and Lucian Bute just suffered his first loss by knockout fashion to Carl Froch. In hindsight, Pavlik could have been sitting on a lucrative figh...
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