Kelly Pavlik “Ghost” Stories!

July 12, 2020

12/19/09,Youngstown,Ohio — World Middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik(ctr), Youngstown,Ohio stops Miguel Espino, Los Angeles, Calif. in the 5th round on Top Rank’s Pay Per View event ,Saturday night at Youngstown State University in Youngstown,Ohio. — Photo Credit : Chris Farina – Top Rank (no other credit allowed) copyright 2009


Simon Ruvalcaba

With a recent trip to Los Angeles, spending a couple of days hanging with Kelly Pavlik and James Dominguez, there are 2 stories that I learned about during the trip that I’ll be sharing. No, they aren’t the story of how James and Kelly argue like a married couple…lol. All and all, though, on a serious note, I got to see how genuine Kelly is as a human being and I’ve known the character of James for many years. It is no wonder now, why they click to bring you a great show which will now be on Mondays 7 P.M. Eastern/4 P.M. Pacific starting January 21st with newly crowned champion Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant expected to be the show’s special guest!

Roger Mayweather and his soda cans:

By now, I’m sure many have seen Mayweather Promotion’s Leonard Ellerbe tell the stories about the way Kelly would run fighters out of the gym back in the days when Mayweather and Pavlik trained at the Top Rank gym in Las Vegas. Pavlik was young and still with his God gifted heavy hands, he developed a reputation in the gym for his tenacity! Roger Mayweather would have a soda can and when a fighter would confirm that he was the one about to spar Pavlik, Roger would stomp and crush the soda can and say “That’s you then.” It is also almost like a badge of honor at a gym, which the show has covered racism in boxing before, but for a white skinned fighter to gain respect with the minorities in the gym, it speaks alot about how talented Kelly Pavlik was and is!

Kelly Pavlik/Michael Jackson connection:

As told by Mark Lamica, who represented Michael. Jackson was a known hoarder of collectibles and when he learned that Mark knows Kelly, Michael requested signed gloves from Pavlik. Kelly signed the gloves and had them ready anytime Mark was in Ohio, to be picked up and taken to Michael. On a few consecutive travels to Ohio, Lamica forgot to stop by and pick up the gloves. On June 24, 2009 Mr. Lamica was in Ohio again and this time Kelly called him to remind him to pick up the signed gloves and take them back to give to Michael the next day. June 25th Mark had the gloves and boarded the flight back to Los Angeles…the same day that Michael went into cardiac arrest and passed away.

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