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Pavlik lands in Oxnard to train under Garcia

Fighters Network


Former undisputed middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik has arrived in Oxnard, Calif., to begin training at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy under the gym’s owner and namesake, Robert Garcia.

Pavlik has officially split with career-long trainer Jack Loew, and has left his native Youngstown, Ohio, his manager Cameron Dunkin, told, to be with Garcia for a six-to-eight week period.

“Kelly landed last night,” said Dunkin. “He’s already training and running and he’s got an assistant there who is a strength and conditioning coach, and another guy who is a dietician, and those guys are already working with Kelly.”

Robert Garcia also handles the careers of fighters such as junior featherweight Nonito Donaire, his own brother, unbeaten featherweight prospect Mikey Garcia, and lightweight Brandon Rios.

As of now, Pavlik has no specific opponent or date for an upcoming fight; the idea is just to get him into shape.

Pavlik is leaving behind a troubled local life by vacating his hometown to train. Last month, he was arrested for a DUI in Canfield, Ohio, after having been treated and released from the Betty Ford Center for a drinking problem in January following a two-month stay. Pavlik hwas also involved in an altercation with his own brother in July.

Photos by Chris Farina, Top Rank Inc.

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