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Jermain Taylor boxer

Jermain Taylor image
Status inactive
Division middleweight
Height 5′ 11″/180cm
Reach 74½″/189cm
Debut 2001-01-27
Born 1978-08-11
Nationality USA
Residence Maumelle, Arkansas, USA
bouts
38
won
33
lost
4
draw
1
bouts
38
won
33
lost
4
draw
1
Status inactive
Division middleweight
Height 5′ 11″/180cm
Reach 74½″/189cm
Debut 2001-01-27
Born 1978-08-11
Nationality USA
Residence Maumelle, Arkansas, USA

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.

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.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
Oct. 8, 2014 Sam Soliman WWWWW Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi International Boxing Federation World Middleweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Dec. 14, 2013 Juan Carlos Candelo WWWWLL Alamodome, San Antonio WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 12, 2012 Raul Munoz LLWWLL Ameristar Casino, Saint Charles WIN
KO
April 20, 2012 Caleb Truax WDWWWW Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi WIN
Unanimous decision
Dec. 30, 2011 Jessie Nicklow DLWDWW Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 17, 2009 Arthur Abraham WWWWWW O2 World Arena, Kreuzberg LOSS
KO
April 25, 2009 Carl Froch WWWWWW Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket World Boxing Council World Super Middleweight

LOSS
Technical knockout
Nov. 15, 2008 Jeff Lacy WWLWWW Vanderbilt University Memorial Gymnasium, Nashville WIN
Unanimous decision
Feb. 16, 2008 Kelly Pavlik WWWWWW MGM Grand, Las Vegas LOSS
Unanimous decision
Sept. 29, 2007 Kelly Pavlik WWWWWW Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City World Boxing Council World Middleweight

World Boxing Organisation World Middleweight

LOSS
Technical knockout
May 19, 2007 Cory Spinks WWWLWW FedEx Forum, Memphis World Boxing Council World Middleweight

(supervisor: Charles Giles)World Boxing Organisation World Middleweight

WIN
Split-decision
Dec. 9, 2006 Kassim Ouma WLWWWW Alltel Arena, North Little Rock World Boxing Council World Middleweight

World Boxing Organisation World Middleweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
June 17, 2006 Ronald Wright WWWWWW FedEx Forum, Memphis World Boxing Council World Middleweight

World Boxing Organisation World Middleweight

DRAW
Points
Dec. 3, 2005 Bernard Hopkins WWWWWL Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas World Boxing Association Super World Middleweight

World Boxing Council World Middleweight

World Boxing Organisation World Middleweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
July 16, 2005 Bernard Hopkins WWWWWW MGM Grand, Las Vegas International Boxing Federation World Middleweight

World Boxing Association Super World Middleweight

(supervisor: George Martinez)World Boxing Council World Middleweight

World Boxing Organisation World Middleweight

WIN
Split-decision
Feb. 19, 2005 Daniel Edouard WWWDDW Staples Center, Los Angeles WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 4, 2004 William Joppy WWLWWL Barton Coliseum, Little Rock World Boxing Council Continental Americas Middleweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
June 19, 2004 Raul Marquez WWWWW Home Depot Center, Carson WIN
Corner retirement
March 27, 2004 Alex Bunema WDWWWW Alltel Arena, Little Rock World Boxing Council Continental Americas Middleweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 9, 2004 Alex Rios WWDWWL Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 8, 2003 Rogelio Martinez LWWWLW Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 8, 2003 Alfredo Cuevas WWWDLW Alltel Arena, Little Rock vacant World Boxing Council Continental Americas Middleweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
May 17, 2003 Nicolas Cervera WWWWLW Petersen Center, Pittsburgh WIN
Technical knockout
March 31, 2003 Marcos Primera WLWWLW Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 30, 2003 Lionel Ortiz WDWLLL American Airlines Arena, Miami WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 20, 2002 Keith Sims WWWLLL Creek Nation Gaming Center, Tulsa WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 9, 2002 Johnny Rivera WWLWLD Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Chester WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 17, 2002 Sam Hill WWLDWW Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City WIN
Unanimous decision
June 15, 2002 Grady Brewer WLWWLW Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami WIN
Unanimous decision
April 27, 2002 Joe Garcia WWWDWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Technical knockout
March 15, 2002 Ron Carnell WLWLLL Creek Nation Tulsa Bingo, Tulsa WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 23, 2001 Undra White WLLWW Roseland Ballroom, New York WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 2, 2001 Dave Hamilton WWLWW Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 11, 2001 Efrain Garcia WWWLWW Alltel Arena, Little Rock WIN
Technical knockout
June 23, 2001 Marvin Smith LLWWLW MGM Grand, Las Vegas WIN
Unanimous decision
May 8, 2001 Antonio Baker WL I.C. Light Amphitheater, Pittsburgh WIN
Unanimous decision
April 7, 2001 Kenny Stubbs LWWWLL MGM Grand, Las Vegas WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 27, 2001 Chris Walsh WWLWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Technical knockout