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June 17, 2006 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
As he walked into Detroit's legendary Kronk Gym six weeks ago, Jermain Taylor heard a bystander yell out, "Fresh meat!" Not "undisputed middleweight champion." Not "two-time conqueror of Bernard Hopkins." Not "undefeated in 25 pro fights." Not "2000 Olympic bronze medalist." "Fresh meat." At 27, Taylor (25-0, 17 knockouts) is still fighting for recognition. The boxer from Little Rock, Ark.
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April 26, 2009 | Staff And Wire Reports
Super-middleweight champion Carl Froch delivered a stunning knockout of Jermain Taylor in the final round Saturday night in Mashantucket, Conn., stealing a fight he would have lost had it been allowed to go a few seconds longer. The WBC champion trailed, 106-102, on two of the judges' scorecards entering the final round, but he knocked Taylor down with less than a minute remaining.
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February 16, 2008 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Favored in his first fight with Kelly Pavlik some five months ago, Jermain Taylor is now the underdog entering the rematch tonight in Las Vegas. Vegasinsider.com lists Taylor, who suffered his first loss to Pavlik in a technical knockout in the seventh round last September, at +155, meaning a bettor would bet $100 to win $155 on the Arkansas native. Pavlik, who is undefeated in 32 bouts, is -185, so a player would wager $185 to win $100.
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February 16, 2008 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
LAS VEGAS -- Now that he has emerged from the scare of his boxing life, Kelly Pavlik calls the second-round knockdown he suffered at the hands of Jermain Taylor last year "a little mishap." So what if he appeared rubber-legged in recovery, holding on to Taylor as he remembered referee Steve Smoger's pre-fight briefing that the official wouldn't call a technical knockout as long as the wounded fighter could "hold on."
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September 20, 2000 | From Associated Press
Jermain Taylor needed only one big right hand to send a pair of messages. One went to teammate Jeff Lacy, watching on TV in the athletes' village. The other was silent, but understood by the rest of the 156-pound Olympic boxing division: This kid packs a wallop. "That's what you call a knockout," Taylor said after making his Olympic debut a spectacular one with a right hand that sent Bulgaria's Dimitriy Usagin crumpling to the canvas in the first round Tuesday.
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February 16, 2008 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
LAS VEGAS -- Now that he has emerged from the scare of his boxing life, Kelly Pavlik calls the second-round knockdown he suffered at the hands of Jermain Taylor last year "a little mishap." So what if he appeared rubber-legged in recovery, holding on to Taylor as he remembered referee Steve Smoger's pre-fight briefing that the official wouldn't call a technical knockout as long as the wounded fighter could "hold on."
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July 17, 2005 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
It ended on a split decision. Ended after 12 years without a defeat, after a middleweight-record 20 title defenses, after accumulating the title belts of every major sanctioning body. The undisputed middleweight crown was finally snatched away from Bernard Hopkins Saturday night in front of an announced crowd of 11,992 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena by Jermain Taylor.
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October 24, 2007 | Lance Pugmire;, From Times Staff and Wire Services
Former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor has invoked a contractual rematch clause with current champion Kelly Pavlik, and the two will fight a non-title bout at 166 pounds in February, promoters said Tuesday. Pavlik (32-0, 29 knockouts) rallied from an earlier knockdown to knock out Taylor (29-1-1, 17 KOs) in the seventh round of their Sept. 29 meeting in Atlantic City, N.J. Taylor was ahead on all three judges' scorecards when Pavlik unleashed a barrage that included devastating uppercuts.
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September 26, 2007 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
Having two evenly matched boxers fight for a championship while in their primes does not happen often. But that will be the case this weekend when Jermain Taylor defends his middleweight title against Kelly Pavlik in Atlantic City, N.J., on Saturday. Taylor (27-0-1) and Pavlik (31-0) are both undefeated and most oddsmakers have made Taylor a slight favorite at -130 with Pavlik at even.
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December 4, 2005 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
For the first time in four years, Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins entered the ring Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center wearing an executioner's mask. An old fighter wearing an old gimmick that once served as an effective psychological tool.
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February 16, 2008 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Favored in his first fight with Kelly Pavlik some five months ago, Jermain Taylor is now the underdog entering the rematch tonight in Las Vegas. Vegasinsider.com lists Taylor, who suffered his first loss to Pavlik in a technical knockout in the seventh round last September, at +155, meaning a bettor would bet $100 to win $155 on the Arkansas native. Pavlik, who is undefeated in 32 bouts, is -185, so a player would wager $185 to win $100.
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February 15, 2008 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
His life has been based on the ability to rise from a bad place. So, for Jermain Taylor, picking himself up off the canvas of his first professional loss as a boxer and seeking a quick rematch makes perfect sense. Taylor explains now that he let his training slide in preparation for his September middleweight world title defense against hard-punching, unbeaten Kelly Pavlik. "I wasn't running like I was supposed to be, I wasn't focused like I was supposed to be," Taylor said.
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February 12, 2008 | Bill Dwyre
Boxing was not the path chosen for their youngest son by Mike and Debbie Pavlik of Youngstown, Ohio. "If we'd raised him to play golf or tennis," Mike says, "I'd love it. I'd be a lot happier now." At least Mike can bear to watch, never straying too far from training camp or trips that take his youngest into the limelight all over the country. Debbie never watches. "She won't even listen, even when his fight's on TV," Mike says.
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October 24, 2007 | Lance Pugmire;, From Times Staff and Wire Services
Former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor has invoked a contractual rematch clause with current champion Kelly Pavlik, and the two will fight a non-title bout at 166 pounds in February, promoters said Tuesday. Pavlik (32-0, 29 knockouts) rallied from an earlier knockdown to knock out Taylor (29-1-1, 17 KOs) in the seventh round of their Sept. 29 meeting in Atlantic City, N.J. Taylor was ahead on all three judges' scorecards when Pavlik unleashed a barrage that included devastating uppercuts.
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September 29, 2007 | Lem Satterfield, Special to The Times
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Atlantic City doesn't necessarily bode well for up-and-coming boxers from Youngstown, Ohio. Ray Mancini was unbeaten in 20 bouts when he lost a lightweight title fight to Alexis Arguello in 1981 in his Atlantic City debut. Harry Arroyo was also unbeaten when he lost his lightweight title to Jimmy Paul in Atlantic City in 1985. Tonight, Youngstown's Kelly Pavlik makes his Atlantic City debut.
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September 26, 2007 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
Having two evenly matched boxers fight for a championship while in their primes does not happen often. But that will be the case this weekend when Jermain Taylor defends his middleweight title against Kelly Pavlik in Atlantic City, N.J., on Saturday. Taylor (27-0-1) and Pavlik (31-0) are both undefeated and most oddsmakers have made Taylor a slight favorite at -130 with Pavlik at even.
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September 29, 2007 | Lem Satterfield, Special to The Times
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Atlantic City doesn't necessarily bode well for up-and-coming boxers from Youngstown, Ohio. Ray Mancini was unbeaten in 20 bouts when he lost a lightweight title fight to Alexis Arguello in 1981 in his Atlantic City debut. Harry Arroyo was also unbeaten when he lost his lightweight title to Jimmy Paul in Atlantic City in 1985. Tonight, Youngstown's Kelly Pavlik makes his Atlantic City debut.
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June 18, 2006 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
When Saturday night's middleweight title fight was over, Winky Wright, his face beaming, leaped onto the ropes in one corner of the FedExForum and soaked in the moment, assuming he had won. Jermain Taylor, his opponent, disappeared into the arms of his handlers, his left eye swollen nearly shut, his mood somber. Taylor's body language clearly indicated he was not a man envisioning a victory party.
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May 20, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jermain Taylor outpointed Cory Spinks in a split decision Saturday night at Memphis, Tenn., for his fourth straight defense of his World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization middleweight titles -- but this one did little to satisfy his critics. Taylor had winning scores of 117-111 and 115-113 from two of the judges, and the third had it 117-111 for Spinks. Spinks and Taylor spent most of the early rounds sizing up each other.
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December 10, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jermain Taylor won a unanimous decision over Kassim Ouma on Saturday night at North Little Rock, Ark., to retain his World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization middleweight titles. Taylor, fighting in his home state for the first time since winning the title in 2005, was in control throughout despite a cut around his left eye that appeared to bother him in the later rounds.
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