TAYLOR GETS UNWORTHY SHOT AT IBF TITLE
Las Vegas, NV- Being with influential manager/adviser Al Haymon sure does have it’s perks right? Tonight live from the Beau Rivage Casino is Biloxi, Mississippi, former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (32-4, 20 KOs) gets another crack at glory when he faces IBF 160lb titlist Sam Soliman (40-11, 18 KOs) of Australia.
The fight will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 6pm PST. Its clear that a well past prime Taylor didn’t earn this shot as he hasn’t had a meaningful win in over five years. He was stopped brutally in consecutive fights in 2009, the latter versus Arthur Abraham in which he was diagnosed as having a brain bleed after the bout. Taylor won the middleweight crown from the almost now 50 year old Bernard Hopkins in 2005. Hopkins will fight Sergey Kovalev in a light heavyweight unification bout November 8th. Ironically, Hopkins is still able to be successful at the world class level, Taylor however is a shell of his former self at just 36 years old.
TAYLOR CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE FELONIES AFTER SHOOTING COUSIN
A few weeks ago Taylor was arrested and charged in an incident at his home where he allegedly shot his cousin in a dispute. Surprisingly Taylor was released and the fight will still take place tonight. Jermain has been through much adversity inside and outside the ring. Soliman while no spring chicken at 40 years of age appears to be the more dedicated fighter and should be favored.
SOLIMAN NOT A BIG HITTER BUT THERE IS STILL DANGER
While the Aussie only sports 18 KO’s in over 50 contests, he throws a lot of punches. Taylor was knocked down and seriously hurt three fights ago against the unheralded Caleb Truax. Read more