Pavlik knocks out Taylor in 7th round for middleweight title
By DAVID PORTER, Associated Press Writer
September 30, 2007
AP - Sep 30, 12:27 am EDT
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Kelly Pavlik knocked out Jermain Taylor in
the seventh round to win the world middleweight title on Saturday
Far behind on points after absorbing a brutal beating in the second
round, Pavlik cornered Taylor and stunned him with a hard right to the
jaw, then sent him down with a flurry of lefts and rights.
Pavlik (32-0, 29 knockouts) remained undefeated, while Taylor (27-1-1)
lost for the first time.
Taylor entered the fight looking to buff up his image after what some
perceived as a lackluster decision over Cory Spinks in May. He did
that almost immediately, pounding Pavlik in the second round with a
flurry that sent Pavlik down on all fours.
Pavlik survived the round and regained momentum in the third, backing
Taylor into a corner and landing several lefts and rights to the head.
But Taylor counterpunched effectively, leaving Pavlik bleeding from
the nose and mouth by the end of the fifth round.
With the largely pro-Pavlik crowd chanting "Kelly! Kelly! Kelly!"
Pavlik slowly gained momentum, though he was still taking most of the
punishment until the knockout.
Updated on Sunday, Sep 30, 2007 12:15 am, EDT
>SNAP: Pavlik beat Taylor by TKO
>September 30, 2007
>ALANTIC CITY (Ticker) - Kelly Pavlik defeated Jermain Taylor with a
>seventh-round TKO to become the undisputed middleweight champion of
>the world on Saturday.
>Updated on Sunday, Sep 30, 2007 12:08 am, EDT