NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – Weathersfield Township police charged boxer Kelly Pavlik with assault and disorderly conduct for his role in an altercation outside a Foo Fighters concert Saturday afternoon.
An officer observed Pavlik throw two “haymaker” punches at Brian M. Banks in the parking lot behind Pine Tree Plaza, according to a police report released Monday. The incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, just after the Foo Fighters played a live show for 150 people in a shop at the plaza. Police gave Pavlik a summons, then released him.
Pavlik, the former middleweight champion of the world, told police he and Banks were “mosh pitting” at first, then said, “We were just joking around.” Banks told officers that he and Pavlik were longtime friends and that Pavlik “didn’t mean anything by it.”
Banks told officers that he and Pavlik had backstage passes for the Foo Fighters concert, and that both had a couple beers while backstage. The officer wrote that he smelled “a strong odor generally associated with an alcoholic beverage” on the breath of both Pavlik and Banks.
“Kelly’s speech was slurred, his eyes were bloodshot and he was having trouble standing and walking,” wrote officer Daniel Lowery. “Kelly advised he had a couple beers at the concert.”
Four security guards at the show told police that Pavlik was “highly intoxicated” when he arrived at the concert, according to the report.
Pavlik said Saturday night by phone that he had an adult beverage at the event and advised officers that he had a couple of beers at the concert. However, on Monday, he recanted ever having a drink.
“Like I said, there was no alcohol at the concert. I was there for three-and-a-half hours, no alcohol or nothing. There was nothing even consumed. We had hors-d’oeuvres in the back room and I ate and that was the gist of it,” Pavlik said.
Pavlik said he has equilibrium problems and seizures from his years of boxing and that is why he was trouble standing.
Pavlik said the whole thing was a misunderstanding.
“Me and him were joking around,” Pavlik told WYTV over the phone Saturday evening. “And the cops came over and arrested me.”
Pavlik will be arraigned on Tuesday morning in Niles Municipal Court.