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Ex Middleweight Champ Jermain Taylor Arrested For Shooting Cousin

BY Michael Woods ON August 27, 2014
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FRIDAY UPDATE: Kurt Emhoff, a PA-based attorney with multiple decades in the fight game under his belt, and an advisor to Sam Soliman, checked in with TSS. "(The Soliman-Taylor fight) looks like it's going forward," he said. "The IBF sanctioned it and the MS Commission is onboard."

The event is set to take place at the Beau Rivage Resort, in Biloxi, Mississippi.

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Sad news out of Arkansas, boxing fans.

Former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor was arrested on Tuesday evening, and cops say he was detained for shooting at his cousin.

The 36-year-old boxer, who is, or maybe was, slated to take part in a title fight on October 18, was arrested Tuesday night, for shooting Tyrone Hinton, according to an Associated Press story.

Taylor lives in Maumell, a suburb of Little Rock. It was there, the AP story says, where "Bad Intentions" and his cousin beefed, according to the authorities' account.

"Mr. Taylor was arrested for domestic battery, first-degree, and aggravated assault," Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Lt. Carl Minden said Tuesday night, as quoted by the AP. "It was his cousin and another individual that came over to his house, an altercation ensued, he (Taylor) grabbed a weapon and opened fire."

Hinton was in the hospital, in serious condition, with "an apparent gunshot wound."

I reached out to Taylor promoter Lou DiBella for comment, as well Kurt Emhoff, the rep for Sam Soliman, the IBF 160 champ who is readying himself to fight Taylor, and will add comments if they arrive.

ESPN was set to televise the Soliman-Taylor scrap, a move which raised eyebrows in some circles, given that Taylor had left the sport after suffering some brain damage which appeared after his 2009 fight with Arthur Abraham. The 32-4-1 hitter was in comeback mode, having won four straight since the Abraham loss. He and his team insisted that he'd undergone the most rigorous medical exams and docs have deemed him fit to fight.

Now?

It seems like he'll be dealing with a different sort of battle in the near future. We wish all involved well, and hope for an ending as happy as can be...

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deepwater2 says:

A blast from the past:

DiBella's official statement is as follows:

"I have just been informed though numerous press reports that Jermain Taylor has elected to continue his participation in The Super Six: World Boxing Classic tournament, and will face Andre Ward in April. It is with a heavy heart, but strong conviction, that I will recuse myself and DiBella Entertainment as Jermain's promoter.

"Jermain's career has been outstanding, and it has been a pleasure and honor to promote him. His victories against Bernard Hopkins remain the highlights of my career as a promoter. Jermain is not only a great fighter, but a good and decent man with a wonderful family. It is out of genuine concern for him and his family that I am compelled to make this decision.

"I informed him, as I do all my contracted fighters, that my goal was to help his secure financial stability for his family, maximize his potential, and leave our unforgiving sport with his health intact.

"It is my belief that the continuation of Jermain's career as an active fighter places him at unnecessary risk. While he is undoubtedly capable of prevailing in future bouts, I cannot, in conscience, remain involved given my assessment of such risk.

"I wish Jermain all the best in his future endeavors. All of us at DiBella Entertainment hold Jermain close to our hearts and consider him and his family part of our family. We wish him Godspeed and continued health."

The Commish says:

A blast from the past:

DiBella's official statement is as follows:

"I have just been informed though numerous press reports that Jermain Taylor has elected to continue his participation in The Super Six: World Boxing Classic tournament, and will face Andre Ward in April. It is with a heavy heart, but strong conviction, that I will recuse myself and DiBella Entertainment as Jermain's promoter.

"Jermain's career has been outstanding, and it has been a pleasure and honor to promote him. His victories against Bernard Hopkins remain the highlights of my career as a promoter. Jermain is not only a great fighter, but a good and decent man with a wonderful family. It is out of genuine concern for him and his family that I am compelled to make this decision.

"I informed him, as I do all my contracted fighters, that my goal was to help his secure financial stability for his family, maximize his potential, and leave our unforgiving sport with his health intact.

"It is my belief that the continuation of Jermain's career as an active fighter places him at unnecessary risk. While he is undoubtedly capable of prevailing in future bouts, I cannot, in conscience, remain involved given my assessment of such risk.

"I wish Jermain all the best in his future endeavors. All of us at DiBella Entertainment hold Jermain close to our hearts and consider him and his family part of our family. We wish him Godspeed and continued health."


I remember that. Lou DiBella really cares for Jermaine, but his penchant for getting him with solid shots, taking them and coming back in a fight, while absorbing more punishment, scares DiBella.

After Taylor's loss to Arthur Abraham, where it was discovered Taylor had suffered a brain bleed, DiBella advised Taylor not to even think about fighting again. A two-year absence from the ring followed. Then came medical testing, a clean bill of health, some long, hard work in the gym, and a comeback.

Taylor asked DiBella to work with him again. DiBella's initial thoughts were to say "No," but he feels his input can steer Taylor around and away from those who styles and firepower may be too much for Taylor.

The saying is "Maximize profit, minimize the risk."

DiBella feels he can do that for Taylor.

Presently, though, Taylor is going to need DiBellas' advice as a lawyer, not as a boxing promoter.

We don't know what prompted the shooting or why shots were fired, but we do know Taylor has a lot more to worry about right now than Sam Soliman.

We hope all the parties involved will be all right.

-Randy G.

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