Abraham Knocks Out Taylor; Look for Froch to get beaten later tonight
By Scott Gilfoid: It looks like Jermain Taylor fell apart against Arthur Abraham tonight, wasting a golden opportunity to pick up an easy win against the limited Abraham. I don’t care if Abraham won. Taylor should have won the fight without any problems if he had fought smart and not traded shots with Abraham. I don’t know what happened to him. Taylor used to be able to move around the ring without his legs getting tired out him, but against Abraham he was fighting like he was in quick sand. Still, there was no quit in Taylor. Afterwards, Taylor has this to say: “I’m really disappointed and pretty sad, it was a hard punch, no questions…I’m not finished yet, I can win my next two fights.”
Taylor was forced to trade shots with the German based fighter because he couldn’t move if his life depended on it. Yeah, I know the Brits are gloating about this outcome and somehow extrapolating from this outcome in hopes that it will translate into a victory for their hero WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch a little later tonight against the young, talented, blazing fast Andre Dirrell. Wrong!
That isn’t going to happen. Dirrell is young, his legs are good and his chin hasn’t been compromised by a loss to American Kelly Pavlik. I honestly don’t think Taylor is the same fighter after that bad knockout loss. Any defeat after that fight is meaningless as far as I’m concerned, because Taylor has looked shot since the initial 7th round knockout loss to Pavlik in 2007.
Do the math if you don’t believe me. Taylor has lost to Pavlik in a rematch, Carl Froch and now Abraham. Taylor would have made easy work against Froch and Abraham in his prime, come on. Those guys are as slow as molasses and wide open defensively – All easy wins for Taylor.
But, yeah, I know how the Brits are going to gloat for a little while. I hope they enjoy their little victory while they still can because Dirrell is going to badly trounce Froch tonight by beating the tar out of him and either knocking him flat or beating him black and blue. What happened to Taylor tonight will look like child’s play compared to what Dirrell is going to do to Froch, okay. Think on that for a little while.
I don’t know what’s going to happen to Taylor. This was a bad knockout defeat and it might not be such a good idea for him to continue in the Super Six tourney. I know he probably needs the bread but it might not be worth it if he risks getting knocked out again one or two more times. I think he’s been compromised by Pavlik and will go down easier the next time out. I’m not going to suggest that he hang up his gloves because he still has a lot of talent.
But he needs to take some time off and clear his head out, and let it recover from the damage of these knockout losses. I know he’ll be a warrior and probably continue, but I think he needs to seriously think hard about that. Showtime can always substitute Allan Green or Sakio Bika in his place and the Super Six tourney would continue to do well.
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