Originally written on Boxing Watchers  |  Last updated 8/31/14

YOUNGSTOWN, OH - DECEMBER 19: Kelly Pavlik (R) fights against Miguel Espino during their match at the Beeghly Center on December 19, 2009 in Youngstown, Ohio. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Remember back when Kelly Pavlik's trainer and manager got all bent out of shape because evil internet sites were reporting that the Pride of Youngstown needed rehab for substance abuse issues? Despite their indignant stance, the rumors were eventually proven to be correct when Pavlik did, in fact, enter rehab.

Sad as it is, Pavlik may not have won the battle with his demons just yet. He was charged with misdemeanor drunken driving earlier this week following a one-car accident near his home in Youngstown. As an isolated incident it may not be smart to read too much into it, but this is now just the latest in a pattern of self-destructive behavior from the former middleweight champ.

Boxing can grant an almost unlimited amount of "second" chances, so Pavlik can't be written off. Maybe the change of scenery from a planned trip out West to train with Robert Garcia will be what he needs to get his head straight. Still, you can't help but wonder if former trainer Jack Loew saw sticking with The Ghost to be a losing proposition.

One thing's for sure: If there was a Wikipedia page for "one step forward, two steps back" - and there's not, because I checked - it would have a sentence or two about the last few years of Pavlik's career. And his life, for that matter.

Let's get into some...


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