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Pavlik out to salvage rocky '09

Updated: December 18, 2009, 2:55 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

You ever just have one of those days? Well, Kelly Pavlik is having one of those years.

The middleweight champ began 2009 in fine fashion, rebounding from his October 2008 loss to Bernard Hopkins in a nontitle light heavyweight bout by easily dispatching Marco Antonio Rubio in February for his second defense.

Then things went downhill.

"It's been a long year for me, very frustrating because of a series of setbacks," Pavlik said.

There was a contract dispute ...

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