Jermain Taylor exercised his option for an immediate rematch with Kelly Pavlik. Unfortunately for Taylor, no title is at stake meaning a win will not regain him the middleweight belt from Pavlik. Also since his loss to Pavlik in September, Taylor and Manny Steward have parted ways. It’s safe to say we’ll see a different Jermain Taylor come the rematch. Early negotiations have pointed to February 2008 as a tentative date. I’m taking Pavlik via mid rounds KO. His defense will be polished quite a bit and I simply can’t go against his crazy ability to finish with vicious flurries. Watch the video to see what I’m talking about.
Update: Rumors in the boxing community are circulating that a possible matchup between Zab Judah and Carlos Quintana could be the undercard to the Pavlik/Taylor main event.