Kelly Pavlik Involved in Fight With Brother Michael, Drinking Reportedly Involved

Kelly Pavlik was involved in an altercation with his brother Michael in Youngstown. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

According to the Youngstown Vindicator, former middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik was involved in a fight with his older brother Michael, and drinking was involved:

Reports say the brothers had been drinking at the time of the incident. ... According to police, Kelly, after exchanging words with Michael, "punched the west-facing side door of the home and pulled his brother, Michael, out of the broken window."

Reports say officers found glass to have been broken and blood on nearby steps. Michael Pavlik, police said, appeared to have minor cuts to his arms and hands, but told officers at the scene that he did not need an ambulance or medical attention.

Kelly Pavlik had left the home before officers arrived and police could not contact him for questioning. Michael Pavlik, reportedly, told officers repeatedly he did not wish to file charges against his brother.

This is really not good news for Pavlik, 29, who did time in rehab centers twice in 2010 and came out of it frankly sounding like he was still in denial over it being any kind of serious matter. I hate to get into personal lives, because for the most part it's not my business at all, but this is something that has obviously impacted his boxing career, and it could threaten to do so again. Pavlik is scheduled to fight on August 6 in Youngstown against Darryl Cunningham, supposedly a final tune-up before a November bout with Lucian Bute.

I'm a Kelly Pavlik fan, and I don't want to write him off. I really don't. But this has become a consistent issue, and whether you're a Pavlik fan or not, I'm sure nobody wants to be reading this. It's what's happened, though, and whether or not anything happens with the police (seems unlikely), it's still a bad sign for Pavlik's future in the ring.

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