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Published: Tuesday, 7/28/2009

Ohio man claims assault by boxer Pavlik, trainer


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio An Ohio man claims WBC middleweight boxing champion Kelly Pavlik and his trainer assaulted him at a bar in Pavlik s hometown of Youngstown.

No charges have been filed.

Police Chief Jimmy Hughes said Tuesday the initial investigation into the report by 45-year-old Ronald Cappitte of nearby Boardman has turned up no corroborating evidence.

Cappitte says he walked up to Pavlik in a bar about 11 p.m. Saturday, said, Hi, and was punched in the groin. A police report says he went to the floor, got up and was punched repeatedly in the body by Pavlik and his trainer, Jack Loew.

Loew says there was an altercation but no assault and that Cappitte was acting unruly. No phone listing or immediate contact could be found for Pavlik.

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