Jermain Taylor, born on August 11, 1978, in
Little Rock, Arkansas). Taylor began boxing at the age of 13 years old.
Taylor's had a successful amateur boxing career, that included; 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.S. Championships.
Taylor won a bronze medal at the 1998 Goodwill Games.
On February 19, 2005, Taylor defeated tDaniel
Edouard by TKO in round 3. This earned him a shot at fighting Bernard Hopkins.
On July 16, 2005, Taylor earned his first world championship when he won a
decision over Hopkins. On December 3, 2005, Taylor had a rematch against
Hopkins and he won by a 12-round unanimous decision. On June 17, 2006,
Taylor fought Winky Wright at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee.
Taylor won a close split decision over Wright. On May 19, 2007, Taylor
fought Cory Spinks in Memphis, Tennessee. Taylor won by split decision over
Spinks to retain his title. On September 29, 2007, Taylor fought
undefeated Kelly Pavlik in Atlantic City. Pavlik won by a TKO over Taylor
in the seventh round. On February 16, 2008, Taylor rematched against
Pavlik, and he lost by a 12-round unanimous decision.
On November 15, 2008, at the Vanderbilt
University Memorial Gymnasium, in Nashville Tennessee, Jermain Taylor,
167½, won the WBC Super Middleweight Title Eliminator, when he defeated
Jeff Lacy, 167½, by a 12-round unanimous decision. Final judges scores
were 118-110, 119-109, and 119-108.