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What Will Be the Legacy of Boxer, Kelly Pavlik?

Posted on: October 20, 2008

The WBO Middleweight Champion from Youngstown, Ohio just recently lost his first boxing match ever.  He was on the losing end of a non-title fight with Bernard Hopkins on Saturday night, October 18th, 2008 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Pavlik, now with a record of (34-1) in his career, must face the criticism and the doubt that has surrounded him ever since he rose to “boxing stardom” very much under the radar, known to the boxing world as the “Ghost of Youngstown.”  As anybody who has grown up in Youngstown, Ohio knows, the town that used to be booming with steel production and industry, is now depleted like most other “rust-belt” towns.  The 6’2″, 169 lb. Pavlik has given the old town “new life” and he has shown that anybody who has the “will” to fulfill their dream can overcome a tough situation.  There is no doubt we will not only see Pavlik fulfill his dream of being a champion boxer, but also leave a lasting “legacy” on the people of Youngstown, the sport of boxing, and the entire United States of America.  Check out this video on ESPN’s original show, E:60, about Pavlik and his story:


Also, check out these two articles, one on Pavlik and one on Hopkins.  Then, place a vote in the poll to determine which boxer will have the “greater legacy” when it is all said and done.




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