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Pavlik Must Rediscover Hunger to Return to Top

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Once upon a time -- a time that today seems so long ago -- Kelly Pavlik was the next face of American boxing. He was young and powerful with a blue-collar background that made him easy to identify with.

Those days are gone, however, faded by losses, personal problems and bad business decisions. The latest: Pavlik (37-2, 32 KOs) has elected to pull out of Saturday's super middleweight fight with Daryl Cunningham (23-2, 10 KOs) in Pavlik's hometown of Youngstown, Ohio.

"Top Rank is very disappointed at Kelly's sudden decision to discontinue the rebuilding of his boxing career," Top Rank president Todd duBoef said. "Kelly's team specifically outlined a strategy for Kelly to return to the ring in an effective fashion. Kelly's team gave us their objectives and we set...

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