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Ohio Champion Kelly Pavlik has long defied the critics

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sports.yahoo.com wrote Pavlik has long defied the critics

By Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports

February 15, 2008

LAS VEGAS – About an hour before he was to fight what to that point was the most significant bout of his life, Kelly Pavlik was leaning back in a folding chair in his dressing room at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.

His feet were perched on a chair in front of him when a couple of Top Rank employees walked into the room.

Pavlik’s fight that night with power-punching Edison Miranda was critical for the company. A win by Pavlik would vault him into a title shot against middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, who was defending his belt in the main event against Cory Spinks.

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