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Jermain Taylor | The Sports Report Girl

Déjà vu For Jermain Taylor At The Super Six

October 22, 2009 by AC  
Filed under Boxing/MMA, SRG's Blog

With the devastating knockout to Jermain Taylor in Berlin Germany, undefeated Arthur Abraham emerged as the clear winner of the first round of Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic— a six-fighter event aimed at producing the sport’s undisputed 168-pound champion.

Taylor, a former middleweight world champion, who suffered his second straight last-round knockout, has some insiders calling for his retirement- not just in the tournament, but from boxing in general.
Saturday’s brutal knockout sent Taylor to a Berlin hospital for precautionary measures after suffering from concussion-like symptoms.

This wasn’t the plan for Taylor, who had the sport at his feet just four years ago. In the summer of 2005, Taylor, then a 26-year old prospect, took the middleweight title by decision from 40-year champion Bernard Hopkins. It was a close fight and despite the arguable win, Taylor was deemed a new era in the middleweight class.

How quickly things change. The ageless Hopkins with some stellar fights behind him, is now gearing up for a battle against ex-rival Roy Jones. On the other hand, Taylor’s middleweight reign has been anything but impressive. He’s now lost 4 of his last 5, 3 by way of dramatic stoppage.

The Super Six was an opportunity for Taylor to get back on top but in the first match he found himself in a familiar position, on his back in the 12th.

Meanwhile, WBC champion Carl Froch won a controversial split decision over previously unbeaten Andre Dirrell in Nottingham, England.

There is still debate over whether the Super Six is a way to forward boxing. Is creating a champion’s league event good for the sport?

Most fans and insiders do agree on one thing… Danish champion Mikkel Kessler, who will cap off the first round on November 21st in Oakland, CA against Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward, is a favorite to win the tourney. Abrahams is a popular second.

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