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Description : Here we have an original full-size HBO boxing pay-per-view fight poster for the non-title 166lb catchweight bout held at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 16th February 2008.

Previously in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Kelly Pavlik defeated Jermain Taylor on September 29, 2007 for the Middleweight crown. In the pre-fight build-up, Taylor's trainer, Emmanuel Steward, reckoned Pavlik as "overrated" and promised a knockout win for his boxer. It nearly happened, as Pavlik was knocked down in the 2nd round and beat all over the ring for the rest of that round. However, using his reach advantage and ability to trap opponents in the corner, Pavlik slowly turned the tide on Taylor. By the 6th round, many at the ringside, such as the HBO commentator Larry Merchant, saw the fight as even. HBO's unofficial scorer, Harold Lederman, even had Pavlik leading the fight at the halfway point. Despite this, he was trailing on all three "Blind Mice" official scorecards. In the 7th round, Pavlik stunned Taylor with a clean left hook to the chin and backed him against the ropes knocking Taylor out with a barrage of punches. With the victory, Pavlik became the new The Ring, WBC and WBO Middleweight Champion.

This fight was named Fight of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America.

After the defeat, Taylor activated his clause for a non-title rematch, which was held on February 16 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada, with both fighters weighing-in at super middleweight. Pavlik won the fight with a unanimous decision (117-111, 116-112 and 115-113), handing Taylor his second defeat

These HBO & Showtime PPV posters are not made available for public consumption & can only be sourced from a participating PPV outlet hence the scarcity as once the televised event if over, then these posters go straight to skip.

Postage: 10.00 Special Delivery... 20.00 International registered signed 4 airmail.

Condition : Very Good/Minor edgewear/framed 4 display purposes only!
Size : 40in x 27in
Price : £85.00
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