Jermain Taylor Arrested, Released on Bail
Boxer Jermain Taylor was arrested last Tuesday night at his home in Mauelle, Arkansas after he allegedly shot his cousin and was booked in the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility. According to Lt. Carl Minden, a spokesman from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s office, Taylor was later charged with first degree domestic battery and aggravated assault.
Altercation at Home
Minden said that Taylor’s cousin and another individual went to Taylor’s residence late on Tuesday and had an altercation with the former boxing champion. At some point during their argument, Taylor picked up a handgun and fired several rounds, hitting his cousin, Tyron Hinton, multiple times. Although Hinton survived the shooting and is alive, he is in serious condition at a local hospital after suffering serious injuries. The other individual was not struck although Taylor was said to have fired at him too. Both victims were unarmed at the time of the altercation.
Taylor appeared via video from the Pulaski Jail for his initial court appearance last Wednesday and made a not-guilty plea. District Judge Wayne Gruber granted Taylor’s request to travel outside the state to train and fight in a world title fight on October at Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Mississippi.
The incident came at an unfortunate time for the come-backing Taylor( 34-2-1 with 20 knockouts) who earned a surprise world title shot against Australian Sam Soliman (44-11 with 18 knockouts), who is the current IBF middleweight champion. The deal for that bout was finalized two weeks ago. The bout was supposed to be aired on ESPN2, but after the shooting incident, an ESPN spokesperson said that the network “will review the situation and make a decision once details emerge.”
One of the Best
Taylor was one of the best middleweight champions in his time. He is well-known for his two victories over Bernard Hopkins and was middleweight king from 2005-2007 before losing his belts to Kelly Pavlik. Taylor’s career met a major setback when he suffered a small brain-bleed following a 12 round KO loss to Arthur Abraham during the Super Six Middleweight tournament in 2009.
Taylor took 26 months off before launching a comeback bid in 2011 where he has since won four consecutive bouts, three by knockout to earn a title shot against Soliman. The 40 year old Soliman won the title by outpointing Felix Sturm last May and will make his first title defense against Taylor.
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