WFMJ reports as you've likely already seen that former middleweight world champion Kelly Pavlik was arrested on a DUI charge last night in Canfield, Ohio. Here's the full police report, and here's an excerpt:
"Upon my arrival I spoke with homeowner who stated that a large ATV and another ATV had just driven away and one of the operators was Kelly Pavlik. At that time I went to Kelly Pavlik's house. Upon arrival myself and Sgt. Touville observed a red ATV in the driveway covered in fresh mud and grass. At that time we also saw the last garage door open with the lights on. We entered the garage where we observed another large ATV the size of a small car. On the ATV's passenger seat we saw the top of the lamp post and the front of the vehicle with heavy front end damage as well as fresh mud and grass on it."
The report also notes that Pavlik was "acting belligerent," "yelling at officers," "swaying from side to side" with "slurred speech," and refused to conduct field sobriety tests, as well as medical attention as there was blood on the back of his head. Pavlik's friend, who initially tried to take the blame for the accident, refused to write a statement due to "his loyalty to Pavlik."
I could preach some, I guess, but it would be a little dishonest. Honestly, if he doesn't shape up, and he winds up a sad case, then that's the way it is.
I've mentioned this before, and seriously, I'm not trying to play armchair psychologist here, or lend any great insight into Kelly Pavlik's life. I don't know the man. But I'm a midwestern white dude born three weeks before Kelly Pavlik. I've known guys like Pavlik my whole life, which is one of the reasons I always rooted for him. And I still do.
I'm not saying it's impossible for him to get his life together, but in my experience guys like Kelly Pavlik are stubborn and generally have some issues with accepting failure or rejection or personal responsibility for a lot of things.
I'm not saying he's a bad guy. I'm saying he's got problems. Whether he wants to fix them is up to him. He's almost 30 years old and he's at a fork in the road where he's got to make a firm choice where he's going from here. There's no good reason that Kelly Pavlik isn't one of the more popular, well-known fighters in the world. Not saying an undefeated all-time great, but the kind of fighter anyone can enjoy watching. When his head was on straight, he was exciting, he was likeable, and he had more star quality than just being the white hope.
But his head hasn't been on straight for over three years now. And it won't be Cameron Dunkin or Bob Arum or Todd duBoef or Jack Loew or Robert Garcia or anyone who gets him back on track. If he gets there, it'll be Kelly Pavlik who does it and nobody else.
I hope he gets there, but I'd be lying if I didn't say the odds appear to be against it.