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UPDATED: Kelly Pavlik announces retirement

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Kelly Pavlik is retiring from boxing after a 40-2 record saying it's the right time to step aside.

Pavlik told 21 Sports that the cancellation of the Andre Ward fight was a "big factor" in his decision.

Pavlik said health issues were also a concern and says the decision to step aside was tougher than what he thought it would be.

The former middleweight champion says when he won the title in 2007 he "wanted to go three more years."

Pavlik says he wants to stay in boxing and is considering opening up a fitness/gym in northeast Ohio.

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