Undefeated World middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik was certified 100% ready to resume full training today, clearing the way for Pavlik's first title defense against former world champion Jermain Taylor.
Earlier this month, Pavlik had incurred superficial lacerations and abrasions to his hands and forearms while trying to repair a broken window at his home. The 14 stitches he received to repair the lacerations have already been removed.
"This is to certify that Kelly Pavlik had a medical evaluation today and may return to full contact sports and activities as of November 20, 2007," said Mark F. Hendrickson, M.D., Chief, Section of Hand Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Hand and Upper Extremity Center at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH.
"Kelly is thrilled and Top Rank is thrilled," said Bob Arum, Pavlik's promoter, who escorted Pavlik to his appointment with Dr. Hendrickson today. "We have some big announcements to make on Kelly's behalf in the near future, but none bigger than this. Thanksgiving came early for us this year!"
Pavlik (32-0, 29 KOs), from Youngstown, OH, captured the middleweight crown when he knocked out defending champion Taylor (27-1-1, 17 KOs), from Little Rock, AK, in the seventh round of their September 29 rumble, considered by many, the "Fight of the Year."