ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Dear Mr. Pavlik

Updated on August 4, 2011

A Lonely Walk. . .

One Sunday in September of 2007, needing to be up at the crack of dawn for my Aunt to take me from Harrisburg, PA to suburban Pittsburgh, PA for my Neice's christening, I logged onto my computer to read my e-mail and check the results of the Middleweight Title fight between you and Jermaine Taylor. You went into that fight a slight underdog, but I had done my homework and realized that Taylor was a 'gasser', he had a tendency to fade in the late rounds. To my surprise, I saw that you had gotten up from an early knockdown and TKOed Taylor.

I can imagine the sight at the church when my Aunt and I parked next to my parents and the rest of my family. A fist bump, and the declaration "We have a new champion!" are not typical behavior at a church. In the weeks that followed, you found yourself the toast of the sports world. To some, you may have been the next 'great white hope'. You could bring boxing back into the mainstream, a kid from a rust-belt city, in a sport that is more and more becoming dominated by people that don't look like 'America'. You also were the face of a movement to try and move your hometown out of an era of corruption and economic decline.

In February of 2008, you had a rematch with Taylor, and won a workman-like decision. Taylor would never be the same fighter in my opinion after those two fights, you had exposed his weakness.

Between that fight and a loss in April 2010 that cost you your title, you made a few defenses against overmatched opponents, lost to veteran Bernard Hopkins, and ducked a few very worthy fighters. After losing your title, you went into rehab for alcoholism, and decided to move up in weight. In May of 2011, you made your return to the ring, winning a decision. You seemed to realize that you still had a ways to go before you could challenge for the title, and were ready to take the next step in your hometown.

Then word came that you were pulling out of the fight, and the title fight sure to follow after you won. The reason you gave was money, but something about that and your actions made me think something else. I wonder if you've relapsed, gone back to the bottle. If this be the case, come out and admit it. Check back into rehab, get clean, and find people committed to the lifelong recovery that comes with addiction.

If you want to hang up the gloves, that's fine too. You've made a few ventures into promoting fights, I'm sure you could find people willing to back any other business ventures you may want to try.

Just realize that your actions of late reflect poorly on you and the city that you call home and for awhile, were a symbol of. We've seen one icon fall in coach Jim Tressel, we don't need another. And we don't need another young star to become a victim of addiction.

Still a Fan:

James 'Tea Party Crasher' D'Angelo
Camp Hill, PA USA

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      hiit 

      6 years ago

      Amazing hub, thanks for posting this

      hiit from http://www.intervalstraining.net

    • TeaPartyCrasher profile imageAUTHOR

      TeaPartyCrasher 

      6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      Tony:

      Put your comments on the right hub!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)