Jermain Taylor vs. Kelly Pavlik (1st meeting)

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2007-09-29 : Jermain Taylor 159 lbs lost to Kelly Pavlik 159½ lbs by TKO at 2:14 in round 7 of 12

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Total Punches Taylor Pavlik Landed 182 180 Thrown 369 460 Pct. 49% 39% Jabs Taylor Pavlik Landed 77 80 Thrown 207 250 Pct. 37% 32% Power Punches Taylor Pavlik Landed 105 100 Thrown 162 210 Pct. 65% 48%

Bout Summary

Both fighters came out and traded bombs in a tremendous first round. Taylor dropped Pavlik in the second round with a hard right hand followed by a left hooks and a right hand when Pavlik dropped his hands. Pavlik was on unsteady legs briefly after that, but he still pursued the champion. The rounds that preceeded showed brutal exchanges with Pavlik beginning to get to the champion. Pavlik hurt Taylor in round seven with a hard right hand that staggered Taylor into a corner. Pavlik then followed up with a left uppercut, then a right uppercut and finished it with a left hook and a grazing right hand. Taylor fell down hard, slumped in a corner. Referee Steve Smoger jumped in almost immediately after Taylor was dropped, and stopped the fight.


  • Taylor ahead on all three scorecards at the time of the stoppage.
  • After the fight, Taylor activated his rematch clause.
  • "What a performance by young Pavlik. To get off the floor, the difference in this fight, one man got off the floor, the other man didn't." - HBO's Larry Merchant
Kelly Pavlik Celebrates after stopping Jermain Taylor

See Also

Taylor vs. Pavlik II

Preceded by:
Jermain Taylor vs. Kassim Ouma
WBC Middleweight Title Fight

WBO Middleweight Title Fight

Succeeded by: