Kelly Pavlik vs Jermain Taylor

By Boxing News - 02/09/2008 - Comments

KELLY PAVLIK : “I know Taylor wants redemption, he’s a competitor, but that may be his downfall. I can tell he is more intent on beating me than on winning the fight and believe me, there is a difference in those philosophies. This fight is my sole focus. I’ve been watching more tape than I usually do. Jack and I have been working on correcting the mistakes I made in the last fight — I won’t be sticking my chin out in this fight. The rematch is going to be tough, but I think he has a lot more to correct than I do. I’m having my best training camp ever. Winning the title has added extra motivation to me. It has spurred me to raise my performance to another level…a level I have never experienced before..”

JACK LOEW “I have been training Kelly since he was nine. He’s always been a hard worker in the gym, but since he’s won the world title he’s become a different fighter in the gym. He is more focused and you can tell he’s working harder on his strength and conditioning because his punches are faster and more explosive than ever. He’s been on weight for over a week and he’s training like an animal. Kelly Pavlik, world champion, is a whole different cat from Kelly Pavlik, the contender. That’s how much he has improved since winning the title in September. It’s remarkable. Nothing has distracted him. This is a big fight for Kelly from a money point of view. The money will be much bigger for Kelly when he beats Taylor again. Taylor didn’t change in any of his fights and I doubt he’ll change now. Kelly’s not going to be much different either. He’s still going to come to fight and throw a million punches. But we’ll have a few tricks up our sleeve. “He’s [Ozell Nelson] the guy who taught him [Jermain Taylor] all his bad habits, so I’m thankful Jermain brought him back. Taylor has a lot more to correct than we do. We’ll correct our mistakes; it’s a matter of will he?”

It was standing room only at the Southside Boxing Club in Youngstown yesterday as undefeated middleweight champion KELLY “The Ghost” PAVLIK (32-0, 29 KOs), and trainer JACK LOEW hosted a media workout. Reporters and TV crews from all over Ohio descended on the only gym Pavlik has ever known to speak to its favorite son as he prepares for his epic rematch against former undisputed world champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor (27-1-1, 17 KOs), from Little Rock, AK. Promoted by Top Rank and DiBella Entertainment, Pavlik-Taylor II takes place Saturday, February 16, at the MGM Grand. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

Remaining tickets, priced at $600, $400, $300, $200, and $100, are on sale at the MGM Grand Garden Arena box office. Tickets are also being sold at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers, Macy’s West at the Fashion Show Mall and Ritmo Latino.) Tickets sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone, with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000 or MGM Grand at (800) 929-1111. Tickets are also available for purchase at or

Countdown To Pavlik/Taylor 2 Premieres Feb. 9 On HBO

HBO Sports is presenting a thirty-minute special analyzing the upcoming HBO Pay-Per-View showdown between two of boxing’s most compelling competitors: Kelly Pavlik and Jermain Taylor. Their eagerly anticipated rematch is set for Saturday, Feb. 16 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena..

The special “COUNTDOWN TO PAVLIK-TAYLOR II, ” which will feature fighter profiles, expert analysis and forecasts for the 166-pound showdown, will premiere on the main service on Saturday, Feb. 9 immediately after the HBO BOXING AFTER DARK telecast, which airs at 9:45 p.m. ET/ PT.

Pavlik (32-0, 29 KOs), a native of Youngstown, Ohio, scored a thrilling upset victory in their first encounter on Sept. 29 in Atlantic City, registering a seventh-round KO triumph. Taylor (27-1-1, 17 KOs ) has been a powerhouse in the middleweight division since winning the world title from Bernard Hopkins in 2005 and looks to erase the only blemish on his accomplished career.

The countdown special will also be available to HBO ON DEMAND subscribers 24 hours a day from Monday, February 11 through Monday, February 18.

Additional HBO replay dates:

Sunday, February 10 @ 11:15 a.m.
Monday, February 11 @ 3:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 13 @ 11:30 a.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 14 @ 12:00 a.m.
Friday, February 15 @ 7:30 p.m. & 2:20 a.m.
Saturday, February 16 @ 4:30 p.m.

Additional HBO2 replay dates:

Sunday, February 10 @ 1:45 a.m.
Tuesday, February 12 @ 5:30 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.
Friday, February 15 @ 11:30 a.m. & 12:35 a.m.
Saturday, February 16 @ 9:30 a.m.

All times are ET/PT.

HBO To Replay Taylor Pavlik I

Leading up to the rematch between Kelly Pavlik and Jermain Taylor — set for Saturday, February 16 in Las Vegas and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View– HBO Sports will present the exclusive replay of the first action-packed fight showcasing their considerable talents..

On Friday, February 15 at 8:00 p.m. & 12:00 a.m. (ET/PT) and Saturday, February 16 at 8:45 a.m. (ET/PT), HBO2 will replay Taylor vs. Pavlik I 2007. In their first encounter on September 29, 2007, it was a battle of the middleweight division’s two undefeated stars that produced a fight of the year nomination. After being knocked down and almost out in the second round, Pavlik responded in dramatic fashion, registering an impressive seventh round stoppage over the reigning middleweight champion.

The fight will also be available to HBO On Demand subscribers and can be seen 24 hours a day, from Monday, February 4 thru Monday, February 25.

On Saturday, February 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT, HBO Pay-Per-View will present Pavlik vs. Taylor II live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.