Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Kelly Pavlik win over Jermain Taylor

Kelly Pavlik proved he was no fluke Saturday, beating the highly regarded Jermain Taylor for the second time, this time at the catch weight of 166 pounds.

In the first meeting last year, Pavlik used his power to beat Taylor.

The second time around, he used his power, boxing skill and inside fighting ability to hand Taylor his second loss, while staying unbeaten.

Pavlik, who will move back down to middleweight for his next fight, continues to improve as a fighter and his marketability is growing all the time.

Pavlik continues to step up his when needed and he has plenty of big fights left, including one this summer in New York.

It's refreshing to see a fighter such as Pavlik who puts in the time in the gym, doesn't sidestep anyone and who is class all the way.

He didn't disparage Taylor before or after the fight and he respects the game and his opponents.

Hopefully, Pavlik will continue to fight the best and continue to engage in entertaining fights. He could fight John Duddy this summer and perhaps even Felix Trinidad. Stay tuned.

What are your thoughts on Pavlik?

- Felix