Jermain Taylor stripped of IBF title, Sturm and N’Dam ordered to fight for vacant belt

taylor775By Dan Ambrose: Jermain Taylor was stripped of his IBF middleweight title earlier today, according to Dan Rafael. Taylor is dealing with a whole host of legal problems that could keep him out of the ring possibly for good. He was supposed to face Sergio Mora in his first title defense, but that obviously isn’t going to happen now. Mora is fighting tonight against Abe Han.

With Taylor now stripped of his IBF title, the International Boxing Federation has now ordered #1 Hassan N’Dam (31-1, 18 KOs) to fight #3 IBF Felix Sturm (39-4-3, 18 KOs) for the vacant IBF title.

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Jermain Taylor being moved to lockdown hospital for evaluation

taylor77By Jim Dower: Former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor’s odd behavior and his subsequent arrest on January 19th for allegedly firing a gun at the Martin Luther King parade in Little Rock, Arkansas has led to him being taken to a lockdown hospital for him to be fully evaluated mentally. Taylor’s behavior is out of the norm for him, according to his attorney Hubert Alexander.

“Everybody is saying this isn’t the Jermain Taylor they know,” Alexander said via “We’re trying to figure out who then heck it is.”

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Jermain Taylor being investigated by police for allegedly discharging firearm

taylor775By Jim Dower: IBF middleweight champion Jermain Taylor’s February 6th title defense against fringe contender Sergio Mora (27-3-2, 9 KOs) is in jeopardy. The 36-year-old Taylor is being investigated for allegedly discharging a firearm on Monday during the Martin Luther King Parade in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The site is reporting that Taylor is being charged with “three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and possession of Marijuana. Taylor was reportedly handcuffed by the police.

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Are the Middleweight divisions really a joke?

taylor775By Gav Duthie: I was recently reading a Charles Brewer (former IBF Middleweight champion) interview where he described the middleweight/super middleweight divisions at present as a joke. His particular reference point was regarding his surprise at Jermaine Taylor being able to win a world title and Andre Wards ring inactivity.

After taking his thoughts on board and looking at the divisions on a deeper level I tend to agree with his synopsis. 

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Jermain Taylor: I’ll beat Sergio Mora

taylor775By Dan Ambrose: IBF middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KOs) expects to come out on top when he faces Sergio Mora (27-3-2, 9 KOs) on February 6th at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Miss.

Taylor will be making his defense of his IBF belt that he won recently over the aging 40-year-old Sam Soliman last year in October. It was the perfect opponent for Taylor, as Soliman didn’t have the kind of punching power to worry him like the other middleweight champions would have.

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Jermain Taylor defends IBF title against Sergio Mora on 2/6 in Biloxi, Miss

mora1By Dan Ambrose: IBF 160lb champion Jermain Taylor (33-4, 20 KOs) will be defending his title against the aging fringe contender Sergio Mora (27-3-2, 9 KOs) on February 6th at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

This is an ideal first title defense for the 36-year-old Taylor, because Mora doesn’t have the kind of power that has traditionally given Taylor problems in the past. Taylor has suffered bad knockouts at the hands of Kelly Pavlik, Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch. However, Taylor has always done good against fighters with little in the way of power, and he should be fine against Mora.

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Sam Soliman wants rematch against Jermain Taylor

taylor77By Allan Fox: The soon to be 41-year-old Sam Soliman (44-12, 18 KOs) is hoping to get an immediate rematch against IBF middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KOs), who beat him by a 12 round unanimous decision last October to capture his International boxing Federation 160lb title at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA.

Soliman suffered a knee injury in the 6th round, which led to him getting knocked down four times in the fight in the 7th, 8th, 9th and 11th rounds. Soliman is rehabbing the injury and he’d like to face Taylor in his next fight.

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Jermain Taylor will struggle against Quillin or Jacobs

taylor775By Allan Fox: Newly crowned IBF middleweight champion Jermain Taylor wasn’t ready to say whether he’ll be facing his IBF mandatory challenger Hassan N’Dam last night following Taylor’s 12 round unanimous decision win over IBF champion Sam Soliman.

Instead of answering the question by ESPN about who he’ll be fighting next, Taylor said that he’ll fight whoever his adviser Al Haymon wants him to. With that said, it’s quite possible that Haymon will look to match Taylor instead against former WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin or WBA champion Daniel Jacobs next instead of having him face N’Dam.

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Taylor dominates Soliman to win IBF title; Dirrell stops Brinson

taylor77By Scott Gilfoid: Former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KOs) pulled off a big upset win on Wednesday night in beating 40-year-old IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman (44-12, 18 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision to capture his International Boxing Federation title at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA.

The final judges’ scores were 116-111, 115-109, and 116-109. It’s interesting that the judges had it scored that close given all the knockdowns.

Taylor, 36, knocked Soliman down 4 times in the fight. The knockdowns were largely the result of Soliman injuring his left leg in the 7th round after he appeared to slip on the wet canvas while backing up from one of Taylor’s shots. Soliman’s corner had spilled a great deal of water in the corner area which is what Soliman ended up slipping on in the 7th. Soliman was knocked down once in the 7th, 8th, 9th and 11th rounds.

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