For the WBC and WBO Middleweight Titles
(27-0-1, 17 KO, Little Rock, AR)
(31-0, 28 KO, Youngstown, OH)
For the NABF Welterweight Title
(19-0, 16 KO, Winter Haven, FL)
(21-3, 12 KO, Chicago, IL)
Staff Picks: Matt is taking Taylor with a late TKO, Brent is taking Taylor via KO in the middle rounds, and I'm going to take Taylor with hard-fought, tight unanimous decision, but I think Pavlik is going to floor him at some point in the fight. Lots of sites and writers are taking Pavlik, but sans a pick from Kevin, we're unanimous in favor of Taylor at Bad Left Hook. Experience can speak volumes, and that's what I think we're selecting.
I'm really excited for this fight. Part of it is just that it's been so long since I've sat down and scored and discussed a fight in progress, and part of it is because this is legit, big fight, championship boxing. The champ against the top contender.
And not only that, but Berto-Estrada is a nice fight, too. We're all pretty big Berto supporters, and it's great to see him starting to take on better competition.
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