Jermain Taylor (born August 11, 1978) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 2001 to 2014. He remains the most recent undisputed middleweight champion,[3] having won the WBA (Undisputed), WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring middleweight titles in 2005 by beating Bernard Hopkins, and in doing so ending Hopkins' ten-year reign as middleweight champion. This made Taylor the first, and to date, only male boxer in history to claim each title from all four major boxing sanctioning organizations in a single fight. He once again defeated Hopkins six months later, making him the only fighter to have defeated Hopkins twice. He retired as a world champion in the months that followed his capture of the IBF middleweight title for a second time, after making a substantial recovery from a brain injury sustained earlier in his career.

Jermain Taylor
Born (1978-08-11) August 11, 1978 (age 45)
Other names
  • Bad Intentions[2]
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)[1]
Reach78 in (198 cm)[1]
Boxing record
Total fights38
Wins by KO20
Medal record
Men's amateur boxing
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Sydney Light middleweight
Goodwill Games
Bronze medal – third place 1998 New York Light middleweight

Taylor made his professional debut in 2001 and won his first 25 bouts, which included victories over former champions Raúl Márquez and William Joppy. Taylor, who began boxing officially at age 13, earned numerous accolades throughout his amateur career, starting with his achievement of the 1996 Under-19 Championship. He went on to win a pair of Police Athletic League (PAL) Championships and National Golden Gloves titles and he finished second and third at the 1997 and 1998 United States Championships, respectively. In 1998, Taylor won a bronze medal at the Goodwill Games. Then, in 2000, he earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic boxing team, becoming the first ever boxer from Arkansas to compete in the Olympic Games. At the 2000 Olympics, Taylor won a bronze medal in the light middleweight division.

During his reign as unified middleweight champion, Taylor won an immediate rematch against Hopkins and defeated Kassim Ouma and Cory Spinks, as well as fighting Winky Wright to a draw. Having vacated the WBC and IBF titles, he lost the remainder of the unified and lineal middleweight championship to Kelly Pavlik in 2007, in what was his first professional defeat. A move up to super middleweight for a rematch against Pavlik the following year was also unsuccessful. In 2009, Taylor challenged Carl Froch for the WBC super middleweight title, but was stopped with seconds remaining in the final round. At the end of the year he participated in the Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament, but was again knocked out in the closing seconds of the final round by Arthur Abraham.

Subsequent neurological issues forced Taylor out of the ring for the next two years. He returned in 2011, winning five consecutive fights and defeating Sam Soliman in 2014 to claim his second IBF middleweight title. Later that year, Taylor was arrested and detained on gun charges but avoided a prison sentence in 2016.

Professional career edit

Early fights edit

In December 2000, Taylor signed with boxing promoter Lou DiBella.[4] Pat Burns became Taylor's trainer as a professional and Ozell Nelson became an assistant.[5] He made his professional boxing debut on January 27, 2001, at Madison Square Garden in New York City against Chris Walsh. Taylor managed to knock Walsh down twice with his right hand and won his debut after forcing a stoppage with 16 seconds left in the fourth and final round.[6] He went on to fight six more times in 2001, resulting in six more victories.[7] Taylor continued his winning streak through 2002 and 2003, before defeating Alex Bunema on March 27, 2004.[8] Taylor's next bout occurred on June 19, 2004 against former IBF Light Middleweight Champion Raúl Márquez. Taylor controlled the fight by using his jab and right hand throughout the one-sided contest. Near the end of the ninth round, Taylor landed a right uppercut that staggered Márquez. A follow-up right hand put Márquez down just before the bell rung to end the round. Soon after Márquez arrived to his corner, his trainer told the referee to stop the fight, resulting in a technical knockout victory for Taylor.[9] On December 4, 2004, Taylor fought former WBA Middleweight Champion William Joppy in his hometown of Little Rock. For the majority of the fight, Joppy made the more aggressive Taylor chase him, while landing few punches and seeming more content to frustrate Taylor. Taylor landed several punches early in the fight and knocked Joppy down in the fifth round en route to a unanimous decision victory with scores of 120–107 from all three judges.[10] In his next bout, Taylor fought Daniel Edouard on February 19, 2005. In the third round, Taylor landed a 10-punch combination that hurt Edouard to the point that the referee decided to stop the fight.[11]

Undisputed middleweight champion edit

Taylor fought Bernard Hopkins for the Undisputed Middleweight Championship on July 16, 2005 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. At age 40, Hopkins entered the bout with a record 20 consecutive successful title defenses and had not lost a fight in 12 years.[12] Hopkins entered the boxing match as a 3–2 favorite to win.[13] Taylor was able to successfully use his jab to control the first two rounds of the fight, though neither fighter was taking any major risks. He tended to move forward, while Hopkins was patient and waited for openings in Taylor's defense. In round five, a clash of heads opened a cut on the top of Taylor's head. In the tenth round, Hopkins hurt Taylor with two right hands that made his legs wobble and forced him to clinch. Taylor won the bout by split decision with two judges scoring the fight 115–113 for Taylor and the other judge scoring it 116–112 for Hopkins. With the victory, Taylor became the new Undisputed Middleweight Champion,[14] winning the WBC, WBO, IBF, WBA (Super), The Ring and Lineal Middleweight Championships.[15][16][17] Hopkins appealed the decision, but was denied by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.[18]

On December 3, 2005, Taylor defeated Hopkins by unanimous decision in a rematch at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. In order for the rematch to occur, Taylor vacated his IBF Middleweight title on October 11, 2005.[19] Days before the fight, tensions rose after Hopkins mocked Taylor's speech impediment and called him a "phony champion." Taylor responded by bringing a doll with Hopkins' name on it to the final prefight press conference to suggest that he was a "crybaby." In a similar situation to the first fight, Hopkins started slowly and began pressuring Taylor in the later rounds.[20] Hopkins ended the fight with a 101–60 advantage in power punches, while Taylor had success with his jab, outlanding Hopkins 64–29. All three judges scored the bout 115–113 for Taylor. After the fight, Taylor said that he would welcome a challenge against the winner of a fight between former Undisputed Light Middleweight Champion Winky Wright and Sam Soliman.[21] On December 10, 2005, Wright defeated Soliman by unanimous decision to retain his number one position in the WBC and WBA Middleweight rankings and take over the number one spot in the IBF Middleweight rankings.[22]

Unified middleweight champion edit

Taylor vs. Wright edit

On June 17, 2006, Taylor fought Winky Wright at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. The WBC had ordered Taylor and Wright to begin negotiating on the fight on December 12, 2005 and if the two sides could not agree, a purse bid would be ordered.[23] An agreement was made 10 minutes before a purse bid was to take place.[24] Ozell Nelson, unsatisfied with Taylor's progression between the first and second Hopkins fights, helped convince Taylor to replace Pat Burns with hall of fame trainer Emanuel Steward.[25] Taylor received $3.75 million for the fight and Wright made $3.5 million. Wright only paid sanctioning fees for the WBC belt, while Taylor paid fees to the WBC and WBO. Taylor did not pay the fees to the WBA amid controversy of the organization removing him from their rankings after questions of whether Taylor followed all procedures for the WBA before his rematch with Hopkins. He was reinstated at the top the organizations' middleweight rankings, but his title remained under review.[26] The bout was evenly competitive through the first 10 rounds, with Wright winning most of the early rounds before Taylor became more active in the latter part of the fight. By the ninth round, Wright had swelling above both his eyes. Wright was winning the bout going into the final round on two of the judges' scorecards, but he was generally passive in the round. Two of the three judges gave the round to Taylor, which resulted in a draw.[27] The scores for the fight were 115–113 for Taylor, 115–113 for Wright and 114–114.[28]

Taylor vs. Ouma, Spinks edit

On December 9, 2006, Taylor fought Kassim Ouma at the Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Taylor hurt Ouma early in the first round and continued to control the fight through the middle part of the fight with jabs and hooks. During the second half of the fight, Taylor gradually began to tire and suffered a cut over the left eye. He allowed Ouma to back him into the ropes often as the fight came to an end. However, Ouma was unable to be effective with his punches. Taylor won the bout by unanimous decision with scores of 117–111, 115–113 and 118–110.[29] Afterwards, the WBA announced that Taylor was no longer the holder of its Middleweight Super Championship.[30] On May 19, 2007, Taylor went up against former Undisputed Welterweight Champion Cory Spinks at the FedEx Forum in Memphis. Taylor dictated the fight by staying away from Spinks and landing one punch at a time. He hurt Spinks with a right hand in the seventh round. Spinks, with a much shorter reach, had difficulty getting within a closer range against his opponent. Taylor landed 101 of 319 punches, while Spinks landed just 85 of 542. Taylor won the fight by split decision, with two judges scoring 117–111 and 115–113 in favor of him and the other scoring 117–111 for Spinks.[31]

Taylor vs. Pavlik edit

In his next bout, Taylor fought Kelly Pavlik on September 29, 2007 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Pavlik began rising in popularity after an upset victory over Edison Miranda in a Middleweight Title Eliminator to determine the number one contender to fight Taylor.[32] During their amateur careers, Taylor had defeated Pavlik on February 9, 2000 in the opening round of the United States Olympic trials.[33] In the second round of the bout, Taylor landed a right hand and followed-up with several more punches which resulted in the first knockdown of the fight. Pavlik got up and managed to make it to the end of the round. Entering the seventh round, Taylor had a commanding lead on all three judges' scorecards. With less than a minute remaining in the round, Pavlik landed a right cross that sent Taylor into a corner. Pavlik closed in and threw a left uppercut followed by a left and right hook and right uppercut. Two more left hooks dropped Taylor to the canvas as the referee stepped in to halt the fight. It was the first time Taylor had lost in his professional career and the first time he had ever been knocked down.[34] One month later, Taylor exercised a rematch clause in his contract with Pavlik. The rematch took place at a weight of 166 pounds (75 kg), six pounds higher than the middleweight limit.[35] Due to disappointing performances, Emanuel Steward was fired as Taylor's trainer and replaced with Ozell Nelson.[5] Fighting at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on February 16, 2008, Taylor lost the rematch to Pavlik by unanimous decision.[36]

Super middleweight edit

After the two losses to Pavlik, Taylor moved up officially to the super middleweight division. On November 15, 2008, Taylor defeated Jeff Lacy by a dominant unanimous decision to earn a mandatory fight against the winner of a bout between Carl Froch and Jean Pascal for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight title,[37] a fight that was won by Froch.[38] On April 25, 2009, at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut, Taylor fought Carl Froch for the WBC Super Middleweight title. Taylor was able to control the first two rounds of the fight. In the third round, Taylor knocked Froch down for the first time in his career with a right hand. Entering the final round, Taylor was ahead 106–102 on two of the judges' scorecards, while Froch was ahead 106–102 on the other. During the round, Froch landed two right hands that sent Taylor to the canvas. He got up, but Froch quickly went after him, trapping him against the ropes and landing a barrage of hard and fast punches. Taylor could not recoup or defend himself, desperately curling up against the ropes. Around 10 clean hard shots from Froch landed before the referee stepped in to stop the bout with only a matter of seconds left in the final round, earning Froch the technical knockout victory.[39]

Super Six tournament and first retirement edit

Taylor competed in the preliminary round of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, a tournament by Showtime, to find out who is the best boxer in the super middleweight division.

On October 17, 2009, in his first fight in the Super Six tournament at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany, undefeated Armenian-German former champion, Arthur Abraham, defeated Jermain Taylor by KO in the 12th round with less than 10 seconds left in the fight. Taylor was hospitalized with a severe concussion, suffering short term memory loss, unable to remember details of this bout. After being released from the hospital, Taylor released a statement saying that he's doing just fine and wanted to congratulate Abraham on his victory and wish him well in the tournament.[40] At the time of the stoppage, the judges scorecards read: 104-102, 107-102 and 106-102, all in favour of Abraham.

In January 2010, Taylor, one of the original members of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, officially withdrew from the tournament. The former Undisputed Middleweight Champion issued a statement in early 2010 saying, "I'm going to take some time off from the sport of boxing and take myself out of the SHOWTIME Sports World Boxing Classic tournament. It's important that I give my body and mind some much needed rest, because I have been boxing for nearly 20 years," said Taylor. "I plan on keeping myself in shape and making a return to the sport sometime in the future. This was not an easy decision for me, having discussed it with my family, trainer, friends and my adviser Al Haymon, because I'm a very competitive person-but I know this is the smart road for me to take." Taylor was later replaced by Allan Green.

Middleweight comeback edit

On December 30, 2011, after 26 months away from the ring, Taylor finally returned and faced Jessie Nicklow. In a fight scheduled for ten rounds, Taylor won via technical knockout in the eighth round. He then took on then-undefeated Caleb Truax (18-0-1) on April 25, 2012 in another fight scheduled for ten rounds. Taylor controlled most of the action and survived a knock-down in round nine in order to win a unanimous decision victory.

Taylor then faced boxing veteran Raul Munoz on October 12, 2012. He made short work of Muñoz, winning via second-round KO.

Taylor's next bout was against Juan Carlos Candelo on December 14, 2013. Jermaine won with a seventh-round TKO.

On October 4, 2014, Taylor fought Sam Soliman, in Biloxi, Mississippi for Soliman's IBF Middleweight World Championship belt. After twelve grueling rounds, (Soliman injured his knee badly midway through the fight) and knocking Soliman down four times (Soliman actually went down on his own from the knee injury, not primarily from punches from Taylor), Taylor won with a resounding unanimous decision. By regaining the belt he had lost to Pavlik in 2007, Taylor became a two-time middleweight world champion.

Troubles outside the ring and second retirement edit

On February 6, 2015 Taylor was scheduled to defend his title against Sergio Mora on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights in Biloxi, Mississippi.[41] However, the fight was cancelled after Taylor suffered an injury and was also later arrested and charged with multiple felonies following an incident on January 19 (see Personal life below).[42] The IBF subsequently stripped him of his title on February 6, due to his inability to defend during his ongoing legal and mental health issues.[43]

Personal life edit

Taylor was married to former Louisiana Tech University basketball player Erica Taylor,[44] who was selected in the second round of the 2005 WNBA draft by the Washington Mystics.[45] Jermain and Erica Taylor have three daughters. Jermaine has a son also Jermain Taylor JR.[44] Taylor gained popularity in the state for frequently mentioning how proud he was to be from Arkansas.[46] He is known to be an enthusiastic fan of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks and has visited the Arkansas campus to talk to the football team.[47] Taylor often sports a large Razorback on the back of his boxing robe and trunks for his fights.[48] He was named "Arkansan of the Year" for 2005 by the Arkansas Times.[46] In 2007, Taylor was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame along with former NFL players Rod Smith and Willie Roaf.[49] Taylor has modeled for Everlast, GQ and Vogue.[44]

Lou Dibella resigned as Taylor's promoter because he was concerned with Taylor's health following the knockout from Arthur Abraham in the Super Six tournament. Taylor had been knocked out two times prior to the Abraham bout.

On August 26, 2014, Taylor was taken into police custody and charged with two felonies after officers said he shot his cousin during an altercation in his Little Rock, Arkansas, home.[50] Taylor was out on bond for his October 4, 2014, bout versus Sam Soliman. On January 19, 2015, Taylor was arrested without incident and a gun was recovered. He was jailed on five felony counts of aggravated assault, three felony counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, and a misdemeanor count of drug possession after he was found to have a small bag of marijuana. Taylor was remanded to the custody of the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility in Little Rock in lieu of a $27,000 bond.[51]

On May 20, 2016, Taylor was given a suspended sentence of 19 years to be served concurrently, amounting to a six-year suspended sentence for three cases. He was also sentenced to probation and will have to serve 120 hours of community service, pay a $2,000 fine plus court costs, and will have to submit to regular drug screens.[52]

Professional boxing record edit

38 fights 33 wins 4 losses
By knockout 20 3
By decision 13 1
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
38 Win 33–4–1 Sam Soliman UD 12 Oct 4, 2014 Beau Rivage, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S. Won IBF middleweight title
37 Win 32–4–1 Juan Carlos Candelo TKO 7 (10), 2:58 Dec 14, 2013 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
36 Win 31–4–1 Raúl Jorge Muñoz KO 2 (10), 1:05 Oct 12, 2012 Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, St. Charles, Missouri, U.S.
35 Win 30–4–1 Caleb Truax UD 10 Apr 25, 2012 Beau Rivage, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
34 Win 29–4–1 Jessie Nicklow TKO 8 (10), 0:36 Dec 30, 2011 Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, U.S.
33 Loss 28–4–1 Arthur Abraham KO 12 (12), 2:54 Oct 17, 2009 O2 World, Berlin, Germany Super Six World Boxing Classic: group stage 1
32 Loss 28–3–1 Carl Froch TKO 12 (12), 2:46 Apr 25, 2009 Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S. For WBC super middleweight title
31 Win 28–2–1 Jeff Lacy UD 12 Nov 15, 2008 Memorial Gymnasium, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
30 Loss 27–2–1 Kelly Pavlik UD 12 Feb 16, 2008 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
29 Loss 27–1–1 Kelly Pavlik TKO 7 (12), 2:14 Sep 29, 2007 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Lost WBC, WBO and The Ring middleweight titles
28 Win 27–0–1 Cory Spinks SD 12 May 19, 2007 FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. Retained WBC, WBO and The Ring middleweight titles
27 Win 26–0–1 Kassim Ouma UD 12 Dec 9, 2006 Alltel Arena, Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S. Retained WBC, WBO and The Ring middleweight titles
26 Draw 25–0–1 Winky Wright SD 12 Jun 17, 2006 FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. Retained WBC, WBO and The Ring middleweight titles
25 Win 25–0 Bernard Hopkins UD 12 Dec 3, 2005 Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA (Undisputed), WBC, WBO and The Ring middleweight titles
24 Win 24–0 Bernard Hopkins SD 12 Jul 16, 2005 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBA (Undisputed), WBC, IBF, WBO and The Ring middleweight titles
23 Win 23–0 Daniel Edouard TKO 3 (10), 2:26 Feb 19, 2005 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
22 Win 22–0 William Joppy UD 12 Dec 4, 2004 Barton Coliseum, Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S. Retained WBC Continental Americas middleweight title
21 Win 21–0 Raúl Márquez RTD 9 (12), 3:00 Jun 19, 2004 Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S. Retained WBC Continental Americas middleweight title
20 Win 20–0 Alex Bunema TKO 7 (12), 2:17 Mar 27, 2004 Alltel Arena, Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S. Retained WBC Continental Americas middleweight title
19 Win 19–0 Alex Rios TKO 1 (10), 0:54 Jan 9, 2004 Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 Rogelio Martinez TKO 7 (10), 1:42 Nov 8, 2003 Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 Alfredo Cuevas UD 12 Aug 8, 2003 Alltel Arena, Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S. Won vacant WBC Continental Americas middleweight title
16 Win 16–0 Nicolas Cervera TKO 4 (10), 2:37 May 17, 2003 Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Marcos Primera TKO 5 (10), 2:12 Mar 31, 2003 Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 Lionel Ortiz TKO 2 (10), 0:40 Jan 30, 2003 American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 Keith Sims TKO 1 (10), 0:52 Dec 20, 2002 Creek Nation Gaming Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 Johnny Rivera TKO 4 (10), 2:23 Nov 9, 2002 Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 Sam Hill UD 10 Aug 17, 2002 Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 Grady Brewer UD 8 Jun 15, 2002 Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Joe Garcia TKO 6 (8) Apr 27, 2002 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Ron Carnell TKO 3 (6), 0:16 Mar 15, 2002 Creek Nation Bingo, Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Undra White TKO 4 (6), 0:17 Nov 23, 2001 Roseland Ballroom, New York City, New York, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 Dave Hamilton TKO 2 (6), 1:54 Nov 2, 2001 Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Efrain Garcia TKO 5 (6), 1:25 Aug 11, 2001 Alltel Arena, Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 Marvin Smith UD 4 Jun 23, 2001 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 Antonio Baker UD 4 May 8, 2001 IC Light Amphitheatre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 Kenny Stubbs TKO 2 (4), 2:28 Apr 7, 2001 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 Chris Walsh TKO 4 (4), 0:16 Jan 27, 2001 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.

See also edit

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