Joe Maxse of The Plain Dealer, one of the Ohio papers that has covered former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik heavily since his rise to stardom a few years ago, says that trainer Jack Loew isn't sure what Pavlik will do next after earlier this month walking away from a ShoBox fight on August 6, and with it, a November 5 clash with Lucian Bute.
"It happened and it's over," said Jack Loew, Pavlik's lone trainer since age 9 out of his South Side Boxing Club. "It was totally Kelly's decision.
"I couldn't give you a yes or a no about what's going to happen. I haven't talked to Kelly since it was canceled. If he wants to fight, we'll move forward."
Loew was recently seen on ESPN Friday Night Fights as the trainer for Dannie Williams, a St. Louis-born and now Youngstown-based lightweight prospect who knocked out Antonio Cervantes in the fourth round on August 12. Loew is also busy training welterweight prospect Willie Nelson, a 6'3" project who lost badly in his last fight on April 8.
Pavlik, 29, is at this point not expected to fight again in 2011, but things can change quickly in boxing. It will be tough to get him back on TV, as he's bailed on both HBO and Showtime in the last two years, and has a reputation for being unreliable. The fighter has said he's willing to walk away from boxing if fights don't come to him on his terms.