Today, April 5, the former united middleweight champion (up to 72.6 kg), American Kelly Pavlik (40-2-0, 34 KO) turned 39 years old.
Pavlik made his debut in the professional ring in June 2000 and did not immediately appear before the public eye.
In May 2007, the American faced the formidable then Colombian puncher Edison Miranda (28-1-0, 24 KO)* and stopped him early in the 7th round.
Four months later, Pavlik challenged the divisional leader, undefeated compatriot Jermain Taylor (27-0-1, 17 KO), who had interrupted the ten-year rule of the legendary Bernard Hopkins a year and a half earlier. In the 2nd round, Kelly was knocked down, but then seized the initiative and scored Taylor to the signal in the 7th round. The rematch took place in February, and this time Pavlik won on points.
In October 2008, 26-year-old Pavlik converged in the intermediate weight with 43-year-old Hopkins (48-5-1, 32 KO) and suffered his first career defeat at his hands, after which he returned to middleweight.
In April 2010, the American defended his titles against Argentine techie Sergio Martinez (42-2-2, 24 KO) and lost to him by unanimous decision, after which he played for another two years and ended his career.
* all records at the time of meeting with Pavlik