Jermain Taylor Beats Game Sam Soliman on ESPN2

MONDAY UPDATE: Sam Soliman attorney Kurt Emhoff told TSS that the Aussie has a prelimary diagnosis of a grade 2 MCL sprain. And, was that present going in to the fight? Did he consider withdrawing? “The knee was a little sore in training but it definitely wasn’t a grade 2,” Emhoff said. “He was throwing roundhouse kicks with it while he was hitting the pads. He definitely messed it up in the fight.”

 

Jermain Taylor regained the middleweight championship he held a lifetime ago, back when the nickname “Bad Intentions” wasn’t such an invitation to delve into out of the ring missteps. The 36-year-old Alabaman mentally weathered, apparently, the shooting charge hanging over his head, and won a UD12 over Australian Sam Soliman, on ESPN2. The scores were 116-111, 115-109, 116-109, and the Aussie, who dropped his IBF strap, get points for his grit. Down he went in rounds 7,8,9 and 11, because his left leg was hurt in round eight.

Soliman came to the ring with a massive grin but the first couple rounds brought joy to no one watching, save for a narcoleptic, who maybe nodded off, checked Twitter, and was pleased he didn’t miss anything. JT looked to land the jab, then the two, and both got too clinch-y. Soliman feinted, dipped, herkied, jerked, but wasn’t throwing enough. Soliman wanted to land a power right, but JT still has some reflexes and didn’t get nailed because he’s shot.

Taylor looked decent in the sixth, and kept on keep Soliman at bay with feints. In the seventh, Soliman hit the deck, off a sweeping left hook. It was a balance thing, he wasn’t buzzed. JT buckled SS at the bell.

In the eighth, Soliman hurt his left leg. He slipped, while clinching, and then came up limp-y. He went down when his leg buckled, with 1:30 left. In the ninth, Soliman was clearly impacted by the left leg issue. Soliman went to the mat again off a right hand, because he was limping. At this point, the ref and the doc should have at least discussed pulling the plug on the bout…And bang, they listened, and the doc signed off on it. Soliman showed vociferously that his leg was fine, showing the world that he is a game guy.

In the tenth, Soliman did as well as expected with one good peg. He went down in the 11th and all had to be impressed he made it to the final bell.

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COMMENTS

-brownsugar :

All I can say is wow... Soliman looked worse than I've ever seen him and had a gimpy leg. Taylor surpassed my expectations by showing he had a little more left than I thought. Not much more but he showed determination and a fighters spirit. I don' t know if this was a blessing or a curse. The guys who come gunning for him will have a helluva lot more fight in them than Soliman was able to muster. But tonight he can hold his head high, stick out his chest....and walk tall in the knowledge that for one night....the circumstances came together perfectly,..... and against all odds Taylor was able to win a piece of the world title. Congratulations Taylor.


-flackoguapo :

Quillen- Taylor with the winner getting who ever comes out victorious out of the supposed Canelo-Cotto bout for a unification?


-brownsugar :

Quillen- Taylor with the winner getting who ever comes out victorious out of the supposed Canelo-Cotto bout for a unification?
I'm thinking some little known fighter from halfway around the world with a padded record....


-The Commish :

Up until the time he injured his leg, Sam Soliman was ahead (on my scorecard) in his defense of the IBF Middleweight Title. After the leg injury, he was basically out of the fight, save for his big heart. However, up until his injury, I thought both guys looked awful. I had seen videos of Soliman and was not impressed. Up until the leg imjury, I was impressed even less. He has a style that's, well, ugly. He reminded me of an old neighborhood friend, who struck that same kind of stance when a few of us put on boxing gloves in another friend's garage for the first time. We were around 12. My friend's father was an ex-boxer during his days in the Army, and had a bunch of ratty old gloves in a box. There were five or six of us there that day, and we laughed when Bob went into his crouched stance, the memories of it rushing back to me as I watched Soliman in action. Jermaine Taylor is a world champion today only because of Soliman's leg injury. How the Australian ever beat Felix Sturm (twice, but one was ruled a NC because of steroid use by SS) is beyond my comprehension! He dives in, he's awkward and he can't punch. And, after the leg injury, he couldn't stand. Now, Taylor must go from this fight into a much tougher fight--one against the Arkansas legal system for shooting his cousin. Then it's back into the ring. If Hasan N'Dam N'Jikam is next for Taylor, then Taylor is in for problems. More than likely, Peter Quillin gets the winner. Anything is better than what we saw last night. That fight--and the rest of the card--was so bad, it was memorable! -Randy G.


-New York Tony :

Awful fight. Soliman is tough and no whiner, but I've never seen anyone fight so ugly. Not dirty, just ugly. Didn't he get hugged enough as a kid? Is that what the problem is? Spazzing to the left, spazzing to the right, jerking forward to clasp Taylor close. Surreal and weird, the Salvador Dali School of Boxing. Anyway, congratulations to Taylor on his win and IBF, but he's going nowhere.


-Brad :

Here is a night when there was no playoff baseball, no football (college or pro) no basketball, a couple of hockey games...so it's boxing's night to shine. Probably most bars across the country had this on. And we get some of the worst boxing you'll ever see on a championship level.


-teaser :

Sams legs looks to have lost there spring around round 6 in ?saw him lifting that leg and shaking it out ...maybe the knee was bothering him then ?and finally caved in in round 8 ?Sam is no dummy.. he did good fighting on one leg ...kept fighting cause with Taylor there is always the chance of that ko?but his whiskers stood up well to a few good shots early on ?Taylors right looked slow to me ?didn't use his jab or legs enough and will be a target for the rest of the division


-The Commish :

Awful fight. Soliman is tough and no whiner, but I've never seen anyone fight so ugly. Not dirty, just ugly. Didn't he get hugged enough as a kid? Is that what the problem is? Spazzing to the left, spazzing to the right, jerking forward to clasp Taylor close. Surreal and weird, the Salvador Dali School of Boxing. Anyway, congratulations to Taylor on his win and IBF, but he's going nowhere.
The Salvador Dali School of Boxing. Love it! I'm gonna' use that line on my SiriusXM show tomorrow and give you credit, New York Tony. Great line! -Randy G.


-New York Tony :

The Salvador Dali School of Boxing. Love it! I'm gonna' use that line on my SiriusXM show tomorrow and give you credit, New York Tony. Great line! -Randy G.
Ha! Glad you like it, Randy G., and thank you.


-deepwater2 :

The highlight of that card was Teddy Atlas making fun of the match ups on the card. Only the main event was competitive even though it was hard to watch. The guy faking a low blow injury with the ref urging him to just stand up might have been more entertaining then the rest of the card. SS was way ahead after 6 rounds. He tore his ACL or one of the collateral ligaments and could hardly stand. Even though SS was a dead man walking on that leg he still managed to land more punches including power shots then JT. Most of the knockdowns were not from punches but from the collapsed knee. JT could not stop a man on one leg. Quillin was there and of course he fibbed and said he was there because he is a fan of both fighters. He was there to scout. Did Quillin duck MK to fight a shot JT? Was this tsAH's big plan? Its one thing for JT to fight a long in the tooth SS, who he was losing to until the knee injury, but its a whole new ballgame if JT fights Quillin. Will Dibella throw JT to the lions, or let him be outpointed by N'dam?


-brownsugar :

The highlight of that card was Teddy Atlas making fun of the match ups on the card. Only the main event was competitive even though it was hard to watch. The guy faking a low blow injury with the ref urging him to just stand up might have been more entertaining then the rest of the card. SS was way ahead after 6 rounds. He tore his ACL or one of the collateral ligaments and could hardly stand. Even though SS was a dead man walking on that leg he still managed to land more punches including power shots then JT. Most of the knockdowns were not from punches but from the collapsed knee. JT could not stop a man on one leg. Quillin was there and of course he fibbed and said he was there because he is a fan of both fighters. He was there to scout. Did Quillin duck MK to fight a shot JT? Was this tsAH's big plan? Its one thing for JT to fight a long in the tooth SS, who he was losing to until the knee injury, but its a whole new ballgame if JT fights Quillin. Will Dibella throw JT to the lions, or let him be outpointed by N'dam?
I watched the recorded replay late last night... What a pleasure to get boxing in the middle of the week. Even if its only good enough to complain about. That guy rolling and writhing on his backside for five minutes gave the most undignified impersonation of a low-blow victim I've ever seen. A severe low blow will freeze a person more than cause them to behave as though they were being flogged Andy Lee gets MK next and Quillin could possibly get Taylor... Although Taylor won't last through one knockdown against Quillin. The only way Taylor keeps the title is if they give him a soft opponent.


-Kid Blast :

I agree Brownsugar, Taylor looked worn to me. Heck, he couldn't even put away a one-legged guy.


-Radam G :

No sense in me beating on a zombie and a foot-in-the-grave dude. That "Night of The Living Dead" fight was creepy. It put the whammy on everybody around me and made them sleepy. The "theatre of the unexpected" is always in play. Pops Joy May is hollering how his seed Money May should take a few easy bouts. So don't be surprised to see him get the brain-injury zombie Jermaine Taylor. PJM wants Lil' Floyd to pick up another divisional title belt. And break all the records for a regular TV bout. Holla!


-the Roast :

I missed the fight last night, sounds like I didn't miss much. Won't JT's next fight be against Big Bubba in the penitentiary? He did shoot his cousin. How's he gonna get out of serving time in the slammer?


-brownsugar :

I missed the fight last night, sounds like I didn't miss much. Won't JT's next fight be against Big Bubba in the penitentiary? He did shoot his cousin. How's he gonna get out of serving time in the slammer?
There has to be mitigating circumstances in Taylor's favor.... when the cops don't even lock you up and let you leave the state. Especially when someone gets shot for busting in and raising a ruckus in your home. I would have to think Taylor has the blessing of the prosecutor's office on this one. The full story will come out...Taylor is already planning for his next bout.


-the Roast :

I thought they just let him train and fight and then he goes back to face the music. There has to be a better way to get your cousin outta your house besides shooting him twice in the chest!


-Froggy :

Especially if you are a professional boxer !


-Radam G :

I missed the fight last night, sounds like I didn't miss much. Won't JT's next fight be against Big Bubba in the penitentiary? He did shoot his cousin. How's he gonna get out of serving time in the slammer?
He will get out of going to the penitentiary by the magic of tsAH. No way in hell will J-Tay spend anymore time in jail. Besides, the cousin who he shot was drunk, hostile and threatening to put the brain-injuried J-Tay down. And a champ from Arkansas, you cannot clown. Penitentiary Big Bubba is going to be thirsty and hungry for awhile. To understand what J-Tay went through with his mean-arse, rude cousin, in J-Tay's shoes, you need to walk a mile. Holla!


-Radam G :

There has to be mitigating circumstances in Taylor's favor.... when the cops don't even lock you up and let you leave the state. Especially when someone gets shot for busting in and raising a ruckus in your home. I would have to think Taylor has the blessing of the prosecutor's office on this one. The full story will come out...Taylor is already planning for his next bout.
The full story is already out. In the P-Islands, we get stuff about the mainland USA quicker than you mainlanders do. Prez Obama slipped up and farted in public the other day. Oh my fudging goodness, we already got dat smell over here in the P-Islands. And you muthasuckas haven't even got the news video and reports. Hehehe! Holla!


-brownsugar :

The full story is already out. In the P-Islands, we get stuff about the mainland USA quicker than you mainlanders do. Prez Obama slipped up and farted in public the other day. Oh my fudging goodness, we already got dat smell over here in the P-Islands. And you muthasuckas haven't even got the news video and reports. Hehehe! Holla!
I wouldn't doubt it... Working from home I speak to somebody from the PI every day ... I wouldn't doubt if some of their citizens are routing calls and dispatching cop cars for the police. Lol..


-brownsugar :

I thought they just let him train and fight and then he goes back to face the music. There has to be a better way to get your cousin outta your house besides shooting him twice in the chest!
Nearly Everybody has that one relative they don't want to treat like family. I've got a couple in my family that I wouldn't mind "Purging" myself...Lol....


-Radam G :

I wouldn't doubt it... Working from home I speak to somebody from the PI every day ... I wouldn't doubt if some of their citizens are routing calls and dispatching cop cars for the police. Lol..
That we are doing. Wassup wit dat? Is there really a shortest of operators and dispatchers there? Or does the greedy on the U.S. mainland just hate paying the mainlanders $15 a hour, because they can get away with the P-Islanders less than four dollars, meaning just 175 pesos. Holla!


-brownsugar :

That we are doing. Wassup wit dat? Is there really a shortest of operators and dispatchers there? Or does the greedy on the U.S. mainland just hate paying the mainlanders $15 a hour, because they can get away with the P-Islanders less than four dollars, meaning just $175 pesos. Holla!
I thought you knew... Customer service and the MS & IT computer help desk labor pool is practically owned by India and the PI.


-oubobcat :

I am not surprised Taylor won. But I am surprised as to how the fight played out. Taylor did not look good. He was not getting off with the jab and not letting his hands go. He could see the openings but would hesitate and when he did they would be gone. Soliman wasn't much better. His volume was not what it was for the Sturm fight. He did not look the same early on. My guess is that knee was knee was bothering him coming into the fight similar to Sergio Martinez's injury clearly hampering him against Cotto. The fight was close thru 6 as each had their moments in a slow paced fight. But once Soliman's knee gave way entirely, he had nothing and was getting knocked down because of the knee. It isn't so much that Taylor won but that Soliman was damaged goods. But it is still a win and a belt. I am guessing we see that first defense against Peter Quillin on NBC the week after the Super Bowl.