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Pavlik-Taylor II: Round-by-round

A round-by-round account of the rematch between Kelly Pavlik and Jermain Taylor at MGM Grand in Las Vegas:

Punch-by-punch by Kieran Mulvaney
Round 1
Jab and right hand from Pavlik, jab from Taylor. Right from Taylor falls just short. Right from Pavlik also short. Taylor misses with swinging left. Left from Taylor just misses. Good right lands hard from Pavlik and follow up left. Tylor responds with left. Right from Pavlik.

Kieran Mulvaney scores it: 10-9, Pavlik
Darius Ortiz scores it: 10-9, Pavlik

Round 2
Left and right to body from Pavlik. Left/right from Pavlik. Good jabs from Taylor. Pavlik blocks left/right from Taylor. Pavlik blocking many of Taylor's punches. Good right from Taylor, and flurries to body. Left from Pavlik, Taylor responds with right. Right from taylor at bell.

Kieran Mulvaney scores it: 10-9, Taylor
Darius Ortiz scores it: 10-9, Taylor

Round 3
Left/right from Pavlik. Stiff jab and hard right inside from Pavlik and left to body. Pavlik keeping Taylor at the end of his long punches. But good right from Taylor. Exchange of lefts. Right from Taylor lands on the side of the head. Right/left from Taylor, and a short hook to close the round.

Kieran Mulvaney scores it: 10-9, Taylor
Darius Ortiz scores it: 10-9, Taylor

Round 4
Left/right from Taylor, and the crowd starts to cheer for Jermain. Hook from Taylor. Pavlik following Taylor around the ring. Nice exchange of jabs. Nice right/left from Pavlik. Big left lands from taylor, a follow-up misses wildly. Pavlik lands some nice right hands to close out the round.

Kieran Mulvaney scores it: 10-9, Taylor
Darius Ortiz scores it: 10-9, Pavlik

Round 5
Pavlik trying to work through guard with slightly shorter punches, then lands some solid rights. Big right from Taylor. Right to body, left upstairs from Pavlik. Pavlik lands a couple of rights that back up Taylor a little. Nice flurry from Taylor at end.

Kieran Mulvaney scores it: 10-9, Pavlik
Darius Ortiz scores it: 10-9, Pavlik

Round 6
Right to body from Taylor. Taylor lands a lovely right hand over Pavlik's left. Good two-fisted body attack from taylor. Taylor lands a right hand. The pace is slowing ever so slightly and the two men actually clinched twice in this round.

Kieran Mulvaney scores it: 10-9, Taylor
Darius Ortiz scores it: 10-9, Taylor

Round 7
Taylor's hands hat bit faster at the moment. Tyalor working to body more. Left/right from Pavlik. Right from Pavlik and a stiff jab. Hook from Pavlik. Flurry to body from taylor.

Kieran Mulvaney scores it: Pavlik, 10-9
Darius Ortiz scores it: Pavlik, 10-9

Round 8
Solid lead hook from Taylor. Pavlik lands an overhand right. Staright lefts from Pavlik, and a right. Stiff left from Pavlik. Taylor lands a right hand, Pavlik blocks a right/left. Right/left/left from taylor and a nice exchange of lefts at the bell.

This is a very tough fight to score, by the way.

Kieran Mulvaney scores it: 10-9, Taylor
Darius Ortiz scores it: 10-9, Taylor

Round 9
Pavlik trying to break down Taylor's guard, landing to his arms and gloves as well as his head. Taylor lands a nice left at the end of an exchange, Pavlik backs Taylor up with lefts. More good lefts from taylor, who is using the hook a lot in this fight. Pavlik lands a straight right and there is another exchange as the pace heats up again.

Kieran Mulvaney scores it: 10-9, Taylor
Darius Ortiz scores it: 10-9, Pavlik

Round 10
Pavlik comes forward behind a stiff jab. He launches a long right hand but Taylor blocks it well. Taylor's jab is snapping whereas Pavlik's is more thudding, and Taylor's hands are faster. Taylor lands a lovely right hand over a lazy left from Pavlik. Good lefts from Taylor.

Kieran Mulvaney scores it: 10-9, Taylor
Darius Ortiz scores it: 10-9, Taylor

Round 11
Exchange of jabs, and then Taylor rips off a flurry of body shots. Pavlik marching forward, but Taylor's are the sharper punches. Taylor's right eye starts to swell, as Pavlik presses forward. A short right from Pavlik seems to hurt Taylor and Pavlik backs him to the ropes. taylor holds on in the middle of the ring as the round comes to a close.

Kieran Mulvaney scores it: 10-9, Pavlik
Darius Ortiz scores it: 10-9, Pavlik

Round 12
Short right lands from Taylor. Stiff jabs from Pavlik. Pavlik flicks out jabs, which fall short. Left to body and head from Pavlik. Taylor looking tired, but lands a nice right hand inside. Lefts from Pavlik and a solid right, as Taylor fights back and backs him off. Crowd roars as the two men trade at the bell.

Kieran Mulvaney scores it: 10-9, Pavlik
Darius Ortiz scores it: 10-9, Pavlik

Kelly Pavlik defeats Jermain Taylor with a unanimous decision (117-111, 115-113, 116-112).

Dan Rafael scored the bout 114-114.
Kieran Mulvaney scored the bout 115-113 for Taylor.
Darius Ortiz scored the bout 115-113 for Pavlik.

Dan Rafael is the senior boxing writer for ESPN.com.
Kieran Mulvaney covers boxing for ESPN.com and Reuters.
Darius Ortiz is the boxing editor of ESPN.com.