May 7, 1992 |
When Meldrick Taylor burst upon the amateur boxing scene as a mid-teen in the tough, gritty gyms of Philadelphia, boxing people there weren't sure what they had. Was he a future featherweight champion or a future heavyweight champion? He sure could fight, everyone acknowledged. But he could eat like Orson Welles, too. Some even gave him a shot at evolving into another Buster Mathis, who made a good run through the heavyweight division during the 1970s.
March 7, 1992 |
Richard DeCuir, chief executive officer for the California Athletic Commission, has turned the case of Meldrick Taylor's "$1,000" purse over to the state Franchise Tax Board. Presumably, that means the state will chase down Taylor and try to extract a state income tax obligation of about $10,000. Background: Taylor fought and defeated journeyman Ernie Chavez in Sacramento on Sept. 13.
March 3, 1992 |
So much for slow people not pushing world junior middleweight champion Terry Norris in the right direction. Less than two weeks after criticizing his manager for not getting him enough big-money fights, Norris signed to fight welterweight champion Meldrick Taylor on May 9 for more than $2 million. The fight, to be staged at the Mirage in Las Vegas and televised by HBO, will pay Norris about 15 times more than he made for his Feb. 22 ABC-televised bout against Carl Daniels in San Diego.
March 3, 1992 |
Less than two weeks after criticizing his manager for not getting him enough big-money fights, junior-middleweight champion Terry Norris signed Monday to fight welterweight champion Meldrick Taylor on May 9 for more than $2 million. The fight, to be held at the Mirage in Las Vegas and televised by HBO, will pay Norris about 15 times more than he made for his Feb. 22 bout against Carl Daniels in San Diego on ABC.
January 19, 1992 |
Meldrick Taylor, knocked down twice in the first four rounds, came back to gain a unanimous decision against Glenwood Brown and retain his World Boxing Assn. welterweight title Saturday night at Philadelphia's Civic Center. "It's my fight. I won the fight," Brown shouted after the final bell, but all three judges disagreed, with one scoring the bout 114-113, and the other two at 116-113. "He got all my respect," the 25-year-old Taylor said. "He's a very tough guy. I knew he was a big puncher."
August 26, 1991 |
A CONTENDER: Ernie Chavez, one of Orange County's brightest prospects, is tentatively scheduled to take on World Boxing Assn. welterweight champion Meldrick Taylor next month in Sacramento. . . . Chavez, above, started his amateur career out of the Westminster Gym, then went on to win the state Golden Gloves title in 1985. Now he's state welterweight champ.
June 2, 1991 |
The ghost of Donald Curry past flashed across the twilight desert sky Saturday night, ripping lefts and rights and every so often stunning Terry Norris. But the body that belongs to Donald Curry present eventually could stand the pace and the punches of Norris no longer, and in the eighth round, Curry, once called the best fighter in the world, lay flat on his back, staring vacantly at the gathering stars and knowing that his time as a world-class fighter had passed.
June 1, 1991 |
There are going to be a lot of fistfights here tonight, which is not unusual during spring break week. But the young adults with beer flowing through their veins who normally do the fighting have long since gone home. Now, in the heart of this desert resort, the fighting will be conducted by professionals, some of the best boxers in the world. In one bout, Meldrick Taylor, the World Boxing Assn. welterweight champion, will defend his title against unbeaten Luis Garcia of Venezuela.
January 22, 1991 |
Aaron Davis sustained a fracture and dislocation at the base of his left thumb Saturday night while losing a World Boxing Assn. welterweight championship bout to Meldrick Taylor.
January 20, 1991 |
Meldrick Taylor said he wasn't thinking about the recent past, but he sure wasn't going to give history a chance to repeat in the final round against Aaron Davis on Saturday night. Taylor had the fight well in hand after 11 rounds, and the crowd of 2,800 at the Convention Center knew it. But Taylor still was booed as he circled rapidly around the tired Davis en route to the World Boxing Assn. welterweight championship.