Jermain Taylor suffers injury and is arrested on new firearm charges

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Consider Jermain Taylor's February date with Sergio Mora well and truly cancelled

JERMAIN TAYLOR’S career is on the brink of implosion.

The IBF middleweight champion will no longer fight Sergio Mora on February 6 after he suffered a fractured rib in training. It looks unlikely that the fight – originally scheduled for 2007 – will get a new date after it emerged that Taylor was arrested on new felony charges.

The 36-year-old was arrested and charged with eight felonies and one misdemeanour over an incident on Monday in his Little Rock, Arkansas hometown.

According to ESPN, Taylor – who revitalised his career last year by upsetting Sam Soliman to win the title – was charged with five felony counts of aggravated assault for allegedly discharging a gun, three felony counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and one misdemeanour count of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana).

Allegedly, Taylor shot the weapon five times after pointing at his wife, children and a bystander. It was after his arrest that the marijuana was found.

Allegedly, Taylor discharged the weapon five times Monday afternoon on a Little Rock street corner after pointing it at his wife, children and another bystander. When Taylor was arrested, police said, they found him in possession of a bag with marijuana in it.

Taylor was already facing trouble following an August 2014 incident at his home when he allegedly shot his cousin multiple times.

His promoter Lou DiBella – who originally faced criticism for employing Taylor after the boxer returned following a boxing-related brain injury – insists there are no plans for the fighter to resume fighting until all legal issues are dealt with.

“This obviously is a shocking development no matter what the exact details are,” DiBella told ESPN, “and it leads myself and his management [Al Haymon] to be more concerned with his well being, his mental health and his future than his boxing career.”


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