The sad saga of Kelly Pavlik continued last Thursday when the former WBC and WBO middleweight champion was indicted on two counts of felony assault in relation to shooting a worker with a pellet gun last August.
Pavlik, 33, of Sugarbush Drive in Canfield, is accused of wounding a man last Aug. 9 with a pellet gun while the man was digging a lake at Pavlik’s home.
Although the incident happened in August, the man did not file a complaint until October.
Pavlik was charged with misdemeanor assault Jan. 26 after an investigation by detectives with the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office. The case was upgraded to felonious assault after it was presented to a grand jury.
One of Pavlik's friends filmed the incident, which can be viewed below.
Pavlik (40-2, 34 KO) took over the division in 2007 with a stunning knockout of Jermain Taylor, then took home a unanimous decision in the rematch. Sadly, "The Ghost" has been on a downward spiral in recent years, struggling with alcoholism and running afoul of the law on multiple occasions. He officially retired in 2013, having won six of seven since his one-sided loss to Bernard Hopkins.
We can only hope that this is the thing that finally convinces Pavlik to get the help he needs. Like Taylor, he is a danger to himself and others. Such a shame.