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Brawl, race controversy thrust Pavlik into spotlight

Despite a 27-0 record, Kelly Pavlik has lived on the fringe of notoriety. But following an arrest after a bar fight and a racial controversy, Pavlik is getting attention.

Originally Published: January 10, 2006
By Michael Rosenthal | Special to ESPN.com

Kelly Pavlik has evolved from a nice, soft-spoken kid with a bright future into a barroom brawler and the perceived victim of persecution from network television because he's white.

This transformation has happened in about a month's time.

Call it the middleweight contender's initiation into the wacky world of big-time boxing.

"Yeah, a lot of things are going on," Pavlik said. "It might affect some people. Me? I got a fight coming up I gotta focus on that. That's all I'm thinking ...

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