It's official. Jermain Taylor exercised the rematch clause in his contract with Kelly Pavlik and will fight him again, likely in February. If I read all the information correctly, it will not be for any title, since the rematch will be at 166 pounds. Seems Taylor's camp had concerns about their fighter's ability to make the 160 pound limit.
This could actually be good for both fighters. It's economically good for Pavlik, who stands to make $3 million for the rematch, by far his highest payday. Also, he'll still have the title, no matter what happens. Plus, it will give him a chance to see if he fights any stronger at a higher weight in case he considers a move up to fight Joe Calzaghe.
For Taylor, a victory might mean his chances of fighting for a title at 168 pounds increase. Personally, I think the rematch will end like the first fight did, although I think Taylor will train to box for 12 rounds because it's perfectly obvious that judges love him and will give him a decision whether he earns it or not. Honestly, he should have never won the title in the first place (thank you, Duane Ford for your idiotic 12th round score). Add a disputed draw to Winky Wright and a loss (to any trained viewer) to Cory Spinks and it isn't hard to see why Pavlik KO'd him. Besides, whoever wins a first fight usually wins the rematch much more easily.
Pavlik in 5.
Also, 10 and 45 days until Joe Calzaghe and Floyd Mayweather, respectively, have their perfect records broken as well. It's a great time for boxing.