Jermain Taylor vs. Kelly Pavlik (1st meeting)

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Punchstats
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%

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

--- 2007 Boxing Writers Association of America Fight of the Year ---

Bout Summary

Kelly Pavlik celebrates after stopping Jermain Taylor

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.

Comments

Poster

- 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
- Pavlik wins the Ring Magazine middleweight world title.
- See also: Taylor vs. Pavlik II


Preceded by:
Taylor vs. Ouma
WBC Middleweight Title Fight
# 88
WBO Middleweight Title Fight
# 43
Succeeded by:
Kelly Pavlik vs. Gary Lockett