LAS VEGAS (AFP) — Kelly Pavlik used a strong finish to defeat Jermain
Taylor for the second time in less than six months, registering a
12-round unanimous decision in a non-title super middleweight fight.
The World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization middleweight
champ Pavlik landed sharper punches, winning on scores of 117-111,
115-113 and 116-112.
It was a rematch of their title fight four months ago but this time the
middleweight crown was not on the line Saturday at the MGM hotel and
Pavlik was contractually obligated to give his fellow American Taylor a
rematch after flooring the former undisputed champion in September for
the WBC and WBO titles.
"Nothing will be as satisfying as the first (victory)," Pavlik said.
"That was for the world title."
Pavlik (33-0) remained undefeated, but was forced to fight into the 10th
round for the first time in his career.
Taylor (27-2-1), who admitted not being in top shape for the first
match, looked sharp and dominated the middle rounds.
"I trained my (butt) off for this fight," Taylor said. "I listened to my
corner and thought I was doing pretty good. I thought I had won."
Mexican fighters Fernando Montiel and Cristian Mijares successfully
defended their super flyweight titles on the same boxing card.
Montiel maintained his World Boxing Organization title by registering a
dynamic fourth-round knockout over Martin Castillo in a super flyweight
Montiel stunned Castillo with a double left hook in round one sending
him to the canvas. He continued to impress, pounding Castillo until he
knocked him out with a body punch at 1:56 of the fourth.
Montiel boosted his record to 36 wins, two losses and one draw with 27
knockouts while his Mexican compatriot suffered his third career loss to
go with 33 wins.
In a second title fight, World Boxing Council champ Mijares posted a
12-round split decision over Jose Navarro in the same weight class.
Mijares now has 34 wins, three losses and two draws with 14 KOs.
Navarro, who suffered a bad cut over his right eye.
Mijares won 115-113, 117-111 on two score cards. Judge Doug Tucker
signed a mind-boggling scorecard of 120-108 for Navarro.
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