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Caleb Truax on Jermain Taylor vs. Sam Solimon

BY Michael Woods ON August 09, 2014
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If indeed Jermain Taylor scores a title shot against middleweight belt holder Sam Solimon, there will be no shortage of opinion as to whether the ex 160 champ deserves the shot, or, indeed, if he should be boxing.

We will get deeper into that if Bad Intentions gets the opp, several years after a doc told him not to box anymore, because a brain scan showed a brain bleed. But for now, rumors of the match got me wondering if Taylor would have a chance to beat the Aussie, game but not a technical marvel. I posed the question to Caleb Truax, who fought JT in 2012, almost two years after he suffered brain damage in Germany against Arthur Abraham.

"I was surprised and dumbfounded when I heard his name brought up for a title shot," Truax said. "I think Solimon beats him easy. I hope JT wins, though, because I might get a shot at the winner!"

Truax, a Minnesotan, signed with uber advisor Al Haymon in June and that helps his prospects to secure a most meaningful scrap.

Taylor, 35, is 32-4-1.

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Radam G says:


title="Truax on Jermain Taylor vs. Sam Solimon"
If indeed Jermain Taylor scores a title shot against middleweight belt holder Sam Solimon, there will be no shortage of opinion as to whether the ex 160 champ deserves the shot, or, indeed, if he should be boxing.
We will get deeper into that if Bad Intentions gets the opp, several years after a doc told him not to box anymore, because a brain scan showed a brain bleed. But for now, rumors of the match got me wondering if Taylor would have a chance to beat the Aussie, game but not a technical marvel. I posed the question to Caleb Truax, who fought JT in 2012, almost two years after he suffered brain damage in Germany against Arthur Abraham.
"I was surprised and dumbfounded when I heard his name brought up for a title shot," Truax said. "I think Solimon beats him easy. I hope JT wins, though, because I might get a shot at the winner!"
Truax, a Minnesotan, signed with uber advisor Al Haymon in June and that helps his prospects to secure a most meaningful scrap.
Taylor, 35, is 32-4-1.
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Danggit! How some pugs will exploit others is a D@MN shame. JT no longer has game. He's brain injuried. And Sam Soliman oughta' quit. Fighting this type of opponent, he's so full of chicken syet. Shame! Shame! Shame! Shame! Soliman should come to Brooklyn and Danny Jacob. Holla!

King Beef says:

Man I hope this doesn't happen, Taylor is gonna get seriously hurt if he keeps going

The Good Doctor says:

If JT gets this fight, I am going to lose alot of respect for any commission or board that allows this fight to take place.

amayseng says:

If JT gets this fight, I am going to lose alot of respect for any commission or board that allows this fight to take place.


What about his wife and family? Someone needs to put a stop to it.

brownsugar says:

Agree with all comments .... They should call this guy Soliman "The Vulture".

brownsugar says:

No glory in beating Taylor.

The Good Doctor says:

What about his wife and family? Someone needs to put a stop to it.


I agree but I can see the other side. Some people have families that back them no matter the risk or the cost. This would be especially true if he is the breadwinner in his family. Beautiful on one hand because you have people that will always have your back. Deadly on the other because them being mute can let you go down a deadly road.

Radam G says:

It is confirmed now. J-Ta is getting an IBF world title shot against Sam Soliman. OMFG! The IBF is so dang corrupted. Holla!

oubobcat says:

You know, oddly enough this is a fight Taylor could win. Yes he is a bit shopworn but still possesses some very good skills and maybe good enough to beat Soliman. Taylor's issue will be endurance as always and if can make it through those final few rounds may be able to squeak a decision out.

Wouldn't that be something? If Taylor did pull it off, he'd be in once heck of a position to make some serious money at 160. If, for example, a Canelo-Cotto fight does not come off he could face either of them next year. Or if a fight does come off between the two, he could just sit out and wait for the winner. Or he could hope Al Haymon presents him with a large offer to fight either Jacobs or Quillin. What possibilities for a man who looked to be totally done with the sport after Abraham knocked him out five years ago.

The Shadow says:

You know, oddly enough this is a fight Taylor could win. Yes he is a bit shopworn but still possesses some very good skills and maybe good enough to beat Soliman. Taylor's issue will be endurance as always and if can make it through those final few rounds may be able to squeak a decision out.

Wouldn't that be something? If Taylor did pull it off, he'd be in once heck of a position to make some serious money at 160. If, for example, a Canelo-Cotto fight does not come off he could face either of them next year. Or if a fight does come off between the two, he could just sit out and wait for the winner. Or he could hope Al Haymon presents him with a large offer to fight either Jacobs or Quillin. What possibilities for a man who looked to be totally done with the sport after Abraham knocked him out five years ago.


Agreed. And in all fairness, he's beaten the stringiest tests out there and by all accounts, he looked sharp in his last outing.

He could win this. If he does, expect to see him in there with Sergio Martinez, who may or not have a tune-up in the interim.

If Martinez is indeed crippled, Taylor has himself a high-profile scalp with the world now as his oyster. You could see him in there with Cotto, Canelo or even feasting on some of the Euros, who I still think he can take.

Then depending on who wins, at some point, you can have a huge unification for all the marbles -- WBC, WBA, IBF, even the fringe WBO -- while freezing out WBA super champ GGG who will probably have moved up to 168 for a mega fight anyway.

Either way, there's a way for Taylor to make money and collect belts while staying out of harms way.

oubobcat says:

I forgot about Martinez. And he is coming back of course. Yeah that would be another fight that would make a lot of sense and extremely easy to make since they are both with Dibella.

Radam G says:

Like I said: JT no longer has game, and is brain damaged.

I doubt that he will now be fighting. He has been arrested and is in jail for attempted murder of his first cousin, who is in serious condition in an Arkansan hospital.

Sam $oliman can find a real opponent. Holla!

deepwater2 says:

Like I said: JT no longer has game, and is brain damaged.

I doubt that he will now be fighting. He has been arrested and is in jail for attempted murder of his first cousin, who is in serious condition in an Arkansan hospital.

Sam $oliman can find a real opponent. Holla!


The dummy shot his cousin. Fight will be canceled.

oubobcat says:

The dummy shot his cousin. Fight will be canceled.


Yeah saw the news this morning. Very sad story and definitely no fight.

amayseng says:

Apparently the professional fighter, instead of just punching the guy out, shot an unarmed man multiple times and is facing 2 felonies....wow

oubobcat says:

Well, apparently Taylor has been granted a request to travel out of state for the October fight. So remarkably in spite of the events that have transpired there may be a fight against Soliman after all.

The Shadow says:

Y'all think them shots fired on his cousin was something? Wait till you see the shots that will land on old arse Soliman!

A jab shot like a laser. A cannon right hand. Combinations unleashed with the rapid firepower of a semi-automatic Uzi.

And the coupe de grace, which he learned from Paulie Malignaggi, the rocket launcher -- I know y'all remember that one -- you know, the one where the left hand is low but the right hand is lower.

In fact, the right hand stealthily hovers around his thigh, but is then launched from the hip with military suddenness before it detonates on the middle aged chrome dome of the Aussie.

And do y'all think that ugly mug shot of his ugly mug from last night was saying something?!

Just wait for the one that will be released in Mississippi when JT gets arrested for attempted murder with an assault weapon -- his handssss -- but only this time, he will once again wear his honorable IBF belt (The only non-corrupt organization out there) proudly.

In the mug shot.

(Ironically the one that was stripped from him unjustly when he honorably granted Bernard Hopkins a rematch. Talk about politics!)

Soliman does not want that work.

brownsugar says:

Y'all think them shots fired on his cousin was something? Wait till you see the shots that will land on old arse Soliman!

A jab shot like a laser. A cannon right hand. Combinations unleashed with the rapid firepower of a semi-automatic Uzi.

And the coupe de grace, which he learned from Paulie Malignaggi, the rocket launcher -- I know y'all remember that one -- you know, the one where the left hand is low but the right hand is lower.

In fact, the right hand stealthily hovers around his thigh, but is then launched from the hip with military suddenness before it detonates on the middle aged chrome dome of the Aussie.

And do y'all think that ugly mug shot of his ugly mug from last night was saying something?!

Just wait for the one that will be released in Mississippi when JT gets arrested for attempted murder with an assault weapon -- his handssss -- but only this time, he will once again wear his honorable IBF belt (The only non-corrupt organization out there) proudly.

In the mug shot.

(Ironically the one that was stripped from him unjustly when he honorably granted Bernard Hopkins a rematch. Talk about politics!)

Soliman does not want that work.


A very chilling portrayal of doom and destruction.
If you keep talking about guns we may have an unexpected.visitation by GunHo Zimmerman who was last sited in Ferguson following two teens with his gun drawn before his arrest.
His car was stocked with a surplus of guns and knives.
He must have heard it was "open season" in the dysfunctional city.

Taylor is a better boxer than Soliman ... But Soliman is and old work horse. He will take over the fight against the endurance challenged Taylor by the sixth round.

deepwater2 says:

Jermain Taylor is shot.

He is not in his prime. JT carries his lazy jab too low and doesn't bring it back quick enough. Sam Solimon has the conditioning and the mental fortitude to carry him the full 12 rounds if need be.He just shut out Sturm in Germany.

JT will get out-hustled and possibly stopped against SS.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x995Va5MN1o

Radam G says:

If the fight happens, I'm calling a crushing, disturbing KAYO for Sam Soliman. The state of Mississippi should be tried for cruelty to the disabled. JT has been disagnosed with brain damage. In more states, he would not be allowed to come within smell distance of a squared jungle. Holla!

The Shadow says:

[QUOTE=Radam G;62264]If the fight happens, I'm calling a crushing, disturbing KAYO for Sam Soliman. The state of Mississippi should be tried for cruelty to the disabled. JT has been disagnosed with brain damage. In more states, he would not be allowed to come within smell distance of a squared jungle. Holla![/QUOTE]

I agree, RG! Soliman will be out cold, crushingly and disturbingly.


But let's be nice, though. Even though Soliman's old I wouldn't call him disabled quite yet.

As far as Taylor goes, you hit it right on the head, no pun intended. Despite the medical forewarnings and criminal activities suggesting neurotically erratic behavior, I predict his body -- Soliman's, that is -- will be contorted from the rifle-like force of the JT artillery.


Excellent call, Sensei!

Scar says:

[QUOTE=Radam G;62264]If the fight happens, I'm calling a crushing, disturbing KAYO for Sam Soliman. The state of Mississippi should be tried for cruelty to the disabled. JT has been disagnosed with brain damage. In more states, he would not be allowed to come within smell distance of a squared jungle. Holla![/QUOTE]

Fully agree, which is why I have picked Soliman to win this fight ever since it was announced. As a long-time fan of Taylor, I'll definitely be rooting for him but I sure as hell am pissed he's allowed to resume his career. Both the commission and IBF are corrupt.

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