October 16th, 2012 By Zak Attack
LIKE SHOES WITH HOLES, TAYLOR CANNOT BE RESOLED!
Sacramento, CA- Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor (32-4-1, 19 KO) has carved out a nice existence for himself as a skilled boxer capable of beating some of the best in the sport. His back-to-back victories over boxing legend Bernard Hopkins remain the seminal moments in Taylor’s career, and for good reason. No other fighter can say that they beat one of the best boxers of this generation twice at his own game.
BERNARD WAS A LOT OF PUNISHMENT AGO!
Those Hopkins’ wins came back in 2007 at 160 lbs. That is a lifetime in boxing years. Since then, Taylor has only won six of his last 11 fights. Taylor drew with Winky Wright before being stopped for the first time by Kelly Pavlik and later dropping a unanimous decision to him in a rematch. His career headed down a slope a couple fights later. He was stopped in the 12th round against Carl Froch and followed that up with another final round stoppage loss against crude brawler Arthur Abraham in his first bout of the Super Six tournament.
QUIT…..OR GOT 86′D FROM TOURNEY
Since his early exit from the Super Six, Taylor has reeled off thee straight wins against subpar competition. The third win in this trifecta came this past Friday, October 12, 2012 against his worst opponent yet. Raul Munoz dropped to a meager 22-16-1 following a second round TKO loss at the hands of Taylor. This fight will do absolutely nothing to help Taylor’s career, but a win is a, cough, cough, win.
“BAD INTENTIONS” COULD END UP BAD “BAD INTERNALLY”
Bad Intentions will undoubtedly continue down the road to redemption, but should he? There
is not much for the 34 year old to prove at this point, and his skills are eroding. On top of that,
he does not match up favorably with many fighters at middleweight (160) or super middleweight (168). I
would bet on Sergio Martinez, Andre Ward, Gennady Golovkin or even Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to stop him at this point.
FIGHTING ON COULD ONLY PRESENT PROBLEMS
If a fighter cannot compete at the top level anymore, there is no reason for them to put their health at risk any longer. That is exactly what Taylor has done in recent years. His loss to Abraham was particularly alarming as he took some serious shots that a younger Taylor likely would have avoided. In boxing, all it takes is one punch to permanently alter (or end) a life. It would truly be a tragedy to see a boxer like Jermain Taylor absorb a blow like that.