Jermain Taylor making a comeback, possibly to fight on August 13th
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC/WBO middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (28-4-1, 17 KO’s) is planning on making a comeback and could be fighting on Showtime on August 13th, according to boxing news from Dan Rafael at ESPN. Taylor reportedly has been given a “clean bill of health” after suffering back to back knockout losses in 2009 to Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham.
The knockout loss to Abraham was especially bad, as it left Taylor out cold briefly in the Super Six tournament in October 2009. There still hasn’t been an opponent picked out for Taylor nor a venue for his fight. However, you really can’t expect too much from Taylor with him being out of the ring for two years and about to turn 33.
Taylor suffered a bad concussion in the Abraham fight, and sometimes with knockouts they can lead to a fighter getting knocked out easier in subsequent fights. But with a long time off sometimes these problems disappear as the brain is allowed to heal.
Taylor was considered the best middleweight in the division after beating Bernard Hopkins twice in a row in 2005. However, Taylor’s problems began in 2007 when he faced young knockout slugger Kelly Pavlik and was stopped in the 7th by him. Instead of using movement and speed to beat Pavlik, Taylor stood in front of Pavlik and fought his fight and ended up taking a lot of punishment. Taylor then fought Pavlik in a rematch in February 2008 and was narrowly beaten by a 12 round decision. After beating Jeff Lacy by a lopsided 12 round decision in November 2008, Taylor ran into big problems against Carl Froch and was stopped in the 12th round in a fight that Taylor was ahead of at the time of the stoppage.
It’s hard to see Taylor being a factor in the super middleweight division because of all the talent now centralized in that division. Taylor might be better off in moving up to light heavyweight and try to make a go of it with the weakened division.