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Kelly Pavlik suffers seizure during court appearance

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CANFIELD, Ohio - Former Middleweight Boxing Champion Kelly Pavlik was taken away from a courtroom in an ambulance after suffering an apparent seizure.

It happened Friday morning as the retired boxer appeared in Canfield Court for a theft charge filed back in September. A cab driver claimed Pavlik allegedly refused to pay a $25.00 cab fare.

There was concern in the courtroom as the former middleweight champion almost immediately collapsed.

His attorney Damian Billak said, "He's having a seizure."

You could hear others saying, "Kelly, breathe!"

Pavlik's father and Mahoning County Sheriff's Deputies rushed to his side, as our camera gave first responders room to work.

Judge Scott Hunter cleared the courtroom, as paramedics arrived to provide medical attention.

But Pavlik did appear alert as he was placed on a stretcher.

This isn't the first time he's suffered a seizure, he talked to 21 News about it last July.

"I was taking my Grandma to the nursing home, me and my wife were. ...And thank God there was an ambulance on site, and I got out to take my Grandma in, and I woke up in the hospital," Pavlik said.

Pavlik also cited seizures during a recent OVI arrest, where you could see him visibly shaking on the Ohio State Highway Patrol's dashcam.

He told 21 News about the seizures when he retired in January of 2013.

"People that don't even box have them, it was confusing, like how could it happen. Well it's a dumb question when you go back and think I've been boxing since I was 9-years-old," Pavlik said.

Sources say Pavlik has suffered from a number of seizures in recent months. But right now no one is commenting about how he's doing tonight.

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