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Kelly Pavlik collapses inside an Ohio courtroom

Kelly Pavlik collapsed at an Ohio court on Friday
Kelly Pavlik collapsed at an Ohio court on Friday
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According to a report Friday on ProBoxingInsider.com, on Friday morning, Kelly Pavlik was supposed to be in court for a pretrial hearing on minor criminal charges. However, according to the Youngstown Vindicator, he "made a grunting noise and then collapsed" in the coutroom before the hearing was able to begin.

The charges stemmed from an incident with a taxi driver last September, where Pavlik is accused of refusing to pay $25 for a ride home from an Ohio bar. He faces one count of theft of less than $1,000.

He also has another hearing scheduled for March to face DUI charges. Those charges stemmed from an incident in December where police responded to a report of a driver driving erratically on the Ohio Turnpike.

“A trooper spotted Pavlik’s car at the gate trying to exit the turnpike, but Pavlik did not have a pass or ticket on him to exit the toll road,” the Vindicator said, citing a police report of the incident. “As the trooper questioned Pavlik, he showed signs that he was impaired.”
Pavlik declined to take a breathalyzer, but was still charged after it was determined that he was most likely impaired.

Pavlik retired last year at just 31-years-old. His decision was made after a scheduled fight with Andre Ward was postponed following an injury suffered by Ward. He finishes with an impressive career record of 40-2 with 34 knockouts.