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Those close to Pavlik say recovery is top priority

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio- Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik's trainer said the top priority is for Pavlik to get well.

Jack Loew told 21 News Pavlik may return to boxing in the future after he completes treatment at the Betty Ford Center.

Pavlik checked himself in to the clinic on November 4 for treatment for alcohol abuse.

"It's just a matter of getting Kelly healthy and if and when he wants to return to the ring. I still don't think people have seen the best of Kelly," Loew said.

Bernie Profato of the Ohio Athletic Commission said it's important to show support for Pavlik while he's recovering.

"Anybody can support a winner. The winners don't need you to support them. They can support themselves. Here's where the people need the support," Profato said.

This is the second time Pavlik has sought treatment this year.

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