|Real name||Jermain Taylor|
("The Pride of Little Rock, Arkansas")
|Birth date||August 11, 1978|
|Birth place||Little Rock, AR|
|Wins by KO||17|
|Olympic medal record|
|Bronze||2000 Sydney||Light Middleweight|
Jermain Taylor (born August 11, 1978 in Little Rock, Arkansas) is a professional American boxer and former undisputed middleweight champion of the world. Middleweight is a division or weight class, in Boxing. Early boxing history is less than exact but the middleweight designation seems to have begun in the 1840s The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Events 2492 BC - Traditional date of the defeat of Bel by Hayk, progenitor and founder of the Armenian nation Year 1978 ( MCMLXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar) Little Rock is the Capital and the most populous city of the U An Orthodox stance in combat sports such as boxing and karate refers to someone who boxes right-handed as opposed to a left-handed fighter who is referred to as a Southpaw. Boxing has been contested at every Summer Olympic Games since its introduction to the program at the 1904 Summer "I am proud and happy to proclaim that you have presented to the world the best Olympic Games ever Events 2492 BC - Traditional date of the defeat of Bel by Hayk, progenitor and founder of the Armenian nation Year 1978 ( MCMLXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar) Little Rock is the Capital and the most populous city of the U The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Boxing (sometimes also known as English boxing or pugilism) is a Combat sport in which two participants generally of similar weight, This is a comprehensive list of all Boxing Undisputed Middleweight Champions following the undisputed champion definition set forth by the major boxing organizations Taylor currently has a record of 27-2-1, with 17 wins coming by way of knockout.
Taylor's amateur career was stacked with accolades beginning with the 1996 Under-19 Championship; he then won a pair of PAL Championships and National Golden Gloves titles and finished second and third at the 1997 and 1998 U. Year 1996 ( MCMXCVI) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar) The Police Athletic League ( PAL) is an Organization in many American Police departments in which members of the police force coach young people For the honor in Major League Baseball, see Gold Glove. The Golden Gloves is the name given to annual competitions for Amateur S. Championships respectively.
He then progressed to the next level in his amateur career by winning a bronze medal at the 1998 Goodwill Games. The Goodwill Games were an international sports competition created by Ted Turner in reaction to the political troubles surrounding the Olympic Games of the 1980s He also competed in the 1998 "Boxer of the Year" award in Texas, coming in an impressive 6th out of 452 entries.
A berth on the U. S. 2000 Olympic team followed. "I am proud and happy to proclaim that you have presented to the world the best Olympic Games ever Taylor was the first boxer from Arkansas ever to compete in the Olympic Games. The progression of fights to qualify for a spot on the US Team was as follows:
Competing at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Taylor ended up winning the bronze medal. Sydney (ˈsɪdniː is the most populous city in Australia, with a Metropolitan area population of approximately 4 The progression of fights at the Olympics was as follows:
Since early in his professional career, Taylor had been touted by many as being the heir apparent to middleweight king Bernard Hopkins. Peter Manfredo Jr (born November 26, 1980, Pawtucket, Rhode Island) is a professional boxer Anthony Lavar Hanshaw is a professional boxer, from Massillon Ohio. Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins (born January 15, 1965, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American boxer Taylor dominated all of his opponents at the beginning of his career, scoring wins over respectable fighters such as Raul Marquez and William Joppy (although both were at the end of their careers). Raúl Márquez born August 28 1971 in Valle Hermoso Tamaulipas is a Mexican boxer who represented the United States in the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona Spain William Torelle Joppy is an American Middleweight boxer. Born in Silver Spring Maryland on September 11, 1970, he has held the On February 19, 2005, Taylor defeated the previously unbeaten Daniel Edouard via TKO in round 3. Events 197 - Roman Emperor Septimius Severus defeats usurper Clodius Albinus in the Battle of Lugdunum Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. With this win, Taylor earned a title bout against Hopkins, who had unified the four major world middleweight titles and was rated by Ring Magazine as the #1 "pound for pound" boxer in the world. The Ring (often called Ring Magazine) is an American Boxing Magazine that was first published in 1922 as a boxing Pound-for-pound is the term used in Boxing, Mixed martial arts and other Combat sports to describe a fighter's value in relation to fighters of different
Taylor fought Hopkins for the undisputed middleweight championship on July 16, 2005. Events 622 - The beginning of the Islamic calendar. 1054 - Three Roman legates fractured relations between the Western and Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Taylor was more active than the slow-starting Hopkins early in the fight, missing many of his punches but still winning the early rounds on the official score cards. While Hopkins gradually became more active and maintained his defense, Taylor continued to fight aggressively and won some of the middle rounds. Over the last four rounds, however, Hopkins became the aggressor and battered Taylor, shrinking Taylor's lead on the scorecards. Nonetheless, Taylor survived the late surge and won the fight by split decision to become the new undisputed middleweight champion. On December 3, 2005, Taylor won the rematch against Hopkins again by a unanimous decision. Events 1800 - War of the Second Coalition: Battle of Hohenlinden, French Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
On June 17, 2006, Jermain faced off against the number one contender, Winky Wright at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. Events 1462 - Vlad III the Impaler attempts to assassinate Mehmed II ( The Night Attack) forcing him to retreat Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Ronald Lamont "Winky" Wright (born November 26, 1971, in Washington DC) is an American boxer, the former undisputed FedExForum is one of the National Basketball Association 's most distinctive Arenas It officially opened in September 2004 after much debate and also an Alberta Memphis is a City in the southwest corner of Tennessee, and the County seat of Shelby County. Wright surprised many by taking the fight to Taylor from the starting bell. From early on in the bout Wright was able to trap Taylor in the corners and land combinations. The bigger and stronger Taylor, who threw more punches, owned the center of the ring. His trainer, Manny Steward, urged Taylor to stay off the ropes. Emanuel Steward (born July 7, 1944 in Bottom Creek West Virginia) is a Boxing trainer commentator and inductee At several points, Taylor seemed close to overwhelming Wright with power punches, but Wright always responded with a flurry of his own to keep the match close. Midway through the bout, Taylor's left eye started to swell dangerously.
By the end of the eleventh, the fight was close, with Wright holding a slight edge coming off a strong round. In the twelfth, he seemed to have Taylor off guard with quick footwork and strong boxing, but Taylor rallied back. The match was scored 115-113 Taylor, 115-113 Wright and 114-114, and Taylor retained his middleweight title. After the fight, an incensed Wright left the ring quickly. When Larry Merchant managed to interview him later, Wright made it clear that he felt he had done enough to win. Larry Merchant (born February 11, 1931) is an American former Sportswriter and longtime commentator for HBO Sports presentations of "He didn't do nothing in the twelfth," he said. "The fans saw I won that fight. " Taylor was complimentary of his opponent, saying that he did not think he had hurt Wright, whose jab was faster than the champ expected. But, he added, "If he wanted the title so bad, he should have fought all twelve rounds. "
On December 9, 2006, Taylor fought Kassim Ouma at the Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Events 536 - Byzantine General Belisarius enters Rome while the Ostrogothic garrison peacefully leaves the city Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Kassim Ouma (born December 12, 1978) is a Ugandan boxer Early life Born into poverty at the age of six he was kidnapped and forced to Alltel Arena is an 18000-seat multi-purpose Arena in North Little Rock Arkansas, directly across the Arkansas River from downtown Little Rock North Little Rock is a city in the central part of the US state of Arkansas across the Arkansas River from Little Rock in Pulaski County The match was made because Winky Wright pulled out of a December 2nd rematch, that had been previously scheduled. Fighting in front of 10,119 in attenance, Taylor repeatedly drilled Ouma with vicious shots that included numerous uppercuts that repeatedly jolted the undersized Ouma. Nevertheless, Ouma never backed off his attack against Taylor. Taylor suffered a deep cut in the corner of his left eyelid from an accidental clash of heads in the 5th round, and despite blood periodically flowing for much of the bout, Taylor continued to hammer away and score the win by unanimous decision.
On May 19, 2007, Taylor fought Cory Spinks in Memphis, Tennessee. Events 1535 - French explorer Jacques Cartier sets sail on his second voyage to North America with three ships 110 men and Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Cory Spinks (born Cory Calvin February 20, 1978 in St Louis Missouri, U Taylor won by split decision over Spinks to retain his title.
On September 29, 2007, Taylor fought undefeated Kelly Pavlik in Atlantic City. Events 522 BC - Darius I of Persia kills the Magian usurper Gaumâta securing his hold as king of the Persian Empire. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Kelly Robert Pavlik (born April 5, 1982) is an American professional boxer. Taylor dropped Pavlik in round 2 and came close to scoring a stoppage, yet Pavlik bravely made it through the round and was able to get back into the fight. Coming into round 7 Taylor was leading on all three judge's scorecards but lost his title to Pavlik when the referee stopped the fight after Taylor was suddenly knocked out late in the round. In post-match interview, Jermain Taylor said "I thought I was losing so I wasted a lot of energy trying to finish him off", indicating an agreement with Pavlik who also thought he was winning on the judges' scorecards. For the fight against Pavlik, Taylor was trained by Steward.
There was a rematch clause in the contract of the Pavlik-Taylor fight, if Taylor lost. An above-middleweight rematch took place on February 16, 2008 in Las Vegas with Taylor losing by unanimous decision. Middleweight is a division or weight class, in Boxing. Early boxing history is less than exact but the middleweight designation seems to have begun in the 1840s Events 1249 - Andrew of Longjumeau is dispatched by Louis IX of France as his ambassador to meet with the Khan of the Mongols 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Las Vegas ( Spanish: "The Meadows" is the most populous City in the state of Nevada, the seat of Clark County, and an internationally 
Taylor is known to be a huge fan of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. The University of Arkansas, often shortened to U of A or just UA, is a public Co-educational Land-grant university The Arkansas Razorbacks, also known as the Hogs, are the names of college sports teams at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville Arkansas Taylor gained immense popularity in the state for frequently mentioning how proud he was to be from Arkansas, and has visited the Arkansas campus to talk to various sporting teams. Taylor now sports a large Razorback on the back of his boxing robe, and "ARKANSAS" is spelled out prominently on his boxing trunks.
Taylor is married to former Louisiana Tech and former WNBA player Erica Taylor. Louisiana Tech University, located in Ruston Louisiana is a coeducational public institution of higher learning with an enrollment of 10950 students in the 08-09 year He is a graduate of McClellan Magnet High School, Class of 1997. McClellan Magnet High School is a magnet High school in Little Rock Arkansas and part of the Little Rock School District. Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar
Jermain Taylor was also a playable boxing character in the video game Fight Night Round 3. Fight Night Round 3 is a Boxing video game developed by EA Sports.
|IBF Middleweight Champion|
Title next held byArthur Abraham
|WBA Middleweight Super Champion|
Super title terminated
|WBC Middleweight Champion|
|WBO Middleweight Champion|
|Ring Magazine Middleweight Champion|