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Last Updated: Sunday, 17 February 2008, 07:17 GMT
Pavlik delight at Taylor victory
Jermain Taylor (left) and Kelly Pavlik
Kelly Pavlik (right) beat Taylor for the second time on Saturday
World middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik spoke of his delight after his unanimous points victory over fellow American Jermain Taylor.

WBC and WBO champion Pavlik defeated the former title holder 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113 in Las Vegas.

The bout was a rematch of September's WBO and WBC title fight, won by Pavlik.

Pavlik could now face WBU champion Gary Lockett in a mandatory defence of the WBO title, if the Welshman wins his next fight on 22 March in Cardiff.

Undisputed super-middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe has also been mentioned as an opponent for Pavlik, later in the year.

I expected a tough fight and I sure got it

Jermain Taylor

The fight against Taylor was contested at a catch weight - an improvised weight between middleweight and super-middleweight - of 166lbs (75.2kg), but Pavlik now intends to return to the middleweight limit to defend his world championship belts.

"Nothing will top the first victory over Jermain Taylor but it was a great win," said Pavlik.

"It took me seven years to win the title. I plan to keep it for a while."

Taylor was happy with his performance despite seeing his record drop to 27-2-1.

"I knew it was a close fight but I guess he won the last couple of rounds," said Taylor.

"He's a strong fighter and I give him a lot of credit. I expected a tough fight and I sure got it."

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