It was in the middle of the second round when all evidence pointed to an early night for both fighters, as Jermain Taylor dropped Kelly Pavlik with a serious of punches. Crumpled on the canvas, Pavlik appeared dead to the world.
Yet he got up, held on and managed to survive the round.
A lot of fighters might have given-up then and there, and why not? Imagine yourself being beaten bloody by the world champion and deposited on the canvas, only to arise and get beaten again.
Subsequent rounds seemed to favor Pavlik, who continued to move forward–even out jabbing the champion at times–and often cornering Taylor.
In the seventh round, though, Pavlik finally got to Taylor. Having never tasted defeat (let alone the canvas), and after previously beaten Pavlik at the Olympic trials, Jermain Taylor was suddenly and brutally knocked-out. There was no chance that Taylor could have continued.
One thing you seldom see in boxing these days is a fighter who will walk through fire to win a fight. Occasionally these fighters rise to prominence and have great careers (names like Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Arturo Gatti, Micky Ward etc., come to mind).
For Kelly Pavlik, the future is very bright. He’s a relentless fighter with the heart of a champion.