News | Aug 30 2018

Boxing News at 5: Taylor faces serious charges, Britain’s smallest pro moves gym and more

Plus Lennox Lewis to reveal all and Harper opens up about his walkabout moment, Terry Dooley rounds up today's Boxing News at Five
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FORMER middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (33-4-1, 20 stoppages) was a breath of fresh air when he first emerged on the scene: polite, articulate, a fine athlete, if not quite the finished article as a boxer, and a lover of country ballads.  Now, though, he is madder than a rabid badger on LSD and has found himself in trouble with the authorities yet again after being charged with third-degree domestic battery and aggravated assault.

The man from Little Rock, Arkansas allegedly punched a female companion before threatening her with a knife on Wednesday afternoon and is once again facing a fight to retain his freedom.

The 40-year-old shot to the top of the boxing world when twice decisioning Bernard Hopkins in 2005, but some seriously poor post-Hopkins matchmaking saw him take on a trio of southpaws — Winky Wright (D12), Kassim Ouma (W12), and Corey Spinks (W SD 12) — in fights of steadily diminishing quality before he lost the WBC and WBO titles to Kelly Pavlik, who hammered Taylor to defeat in seven rounds in September 2009.