History | Oct 19 2014

On This Day: The gifted Meldrick Taylor was born in 1966

Matt Bevan looks back on a career ultimately defined by a split-second call

ON October 19, 1966 Olympic gold medallist and two-weight world champion Meldrick “The Kid” Taylor was born in Philadelphia.

TAYLOR first rose to prominence back in 1984, when he was a member of the outstanding American Olympic team that won nine of the 12 gold medals on offer, with Taylor winning the featherweight title at the age of just 17. His achievement is extremely impressive and is still the record for the youngest boxer to win an Olympic gold medal.

HE turned professional later that same year, when he made his debut on the same card as five of his teammates in Madison Square Garden. Also starring that night were Evander Holyfield, Mark Breland, Tyrell Biggs, Virgil Hill and Pernell Whitaker.


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