Taylor-Made: Jermain/Germane

By Robert Ecksel on August 27, 2014
Taylor-Made: Jermain/Germane
The Oct. 8 fight with Sam Soliman at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi is still a go.

According to Lt. Carl Minden, a fight broke out, when “[Jermain Taylor] grabbed a weapon and opened fire…”

Many thought it was a bad idea when newly crowned IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman chose former undisputed middleweight Jermain Taylor for the first defense of his title.

It’s not that the 36-year-old Arkansan isn’t worthy, which he is not, having peaked a decade ago. It’s that the brain bleeds he suffered were reason enough to get out when the getting was good.

But fighters fight, just as promoters promote, just as spiders spin webs, so there will always be a place in boxing for the Jermain Taylors of the world. After all, if he doesn’t have the good sense to quit, who are we to tell him to quit, especially when he can still generate revenue doing what he does best.

Those concerns, which are nothing less life and death concerns, have been replaced by other concerns. They don’t concern his being vegetative. They concern his judgment, which has been questioned before and is now being questioned again.

Taylor was arrested Tuesday at his home in Maumelle, Arkansas, on preliminary charges of first-degree battery and aggravated assault. He allegedly shot and wounded his cousin, Tyrone Hinton, “multiple times” when he and another man refused to leave Taylor’s home, at which they showed up “uninvited.”

Hinton is hospitalized in serious condition.

According to Pulaski County Sheriff’s Lt. Carl Minden, a fight broke out, when “[Taylor] grabbed a weapon and opened fire.”

After an uncomfortable night in jail, Taylor has been freed on $25,000 bail.

“He was,” said Minton, “very calm and very cooperative with our investigators.”

Perhaps extenuating circumstances will make this go away. But don’t bet on it.

The Oct. 8 championship fight with Sam Soliman at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi is still a go. Whether ESPN decides to broadcast the fight has yet to be determined.

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  1. bikermike 05:10pm, 09/02/2014

    what colour is the sky on the planet you live on???

    ,,,seems strange…that a fighter is broke at the end of his career ????

    I cannot believe you wrote that ??!

  2. bikermike 05:04pm, 09/02/2014

    decison my ass…..he’s so broke he cannot afford to pay attention ffs…

    take a fight for millions…...and take what’s left from a purse after the vultures are finished…or sell cars..or ??
    Jermain Taylor has done his bit…and he is so broke ...he can’t drink piss from a flat plate ...because his debtors want what he got paid

  3. bikermike 04:59pm, 09/02/2014

    Boxing is the last bastion for ‘slave’ type arrangements…
    Baseball….basketball…have overcome this….but Boxing continues to be run by carpetbaggers

  4. bikermike 04:56pm, 09/02/2014

    read anything published by TED THE BULL…
    .....far too many boxers have too much damage and face poverty after the ring years are over….take THE BLADE…Iran Barkley ...f’rinstance

  5. bikermike 04:52pm, 09/02/2014

    won’t buy it
    dont’want to see this noble fighter get hurt

  6. bikermike 04:49pm, 09/02/2014

    sad ...like Morrison and jerry QUarry getting a liscence.and a sanctioned match

    ..and some others…Frazier vs his last guy…Frazier was blind in one eye..and had been for his entire career

    COMMISSION !!!!!

  7. bk don 01:07pm, 08/29/2014

    NY Irish -  That’s a decision for Taylor to make. He’s passed all of the prerequisites plus much more. Been approved by the best clinic/hospital in the country who have declared him medically fit.

  8. NYIrish 04:22pm, 08/28/2014

    Regardless of the specifics of the immediate circumstances, he doesn’t need to be hit in the head any more.

  9. Bk Don 04:01pm, 08/28/2014

    I have a hard time believing ESPN is even considering pulling the plug on this. If anything, sadly, they prob look at it as added publicity for the fight which prob wasn’t generating much.

    I understand they were uninvited but I would like to know what else they did to make him feel threatened enough to shoot them. Also, did he at least warn them first? Was either of them armed. There’s a lot to this story we still need to hear.

  10. The Tache 06:03am, 08/28/2014

    Seems strange that a professional fighter, former world champion no less, has to defend himself with a gun rather than his fists.

  11. Pete The Sneak 05:19am, 08/28/2014

    Sounds like there could have been more to the story with the ‘Uninvited’ cousin and the other man not wanting to leave Taylor’s home. Not saying they deserved to be shot, just saying that perhaps this could end up as a self defense case, predicated on what the deal was with the cousin and his buddy….Bob, great analogy of Taylor, I too thought he was a breath of fresh air when he first started out. Trying to ‘image’ up as a tough. street wise fighter afterwards just did not suit his soft spoken personality…I gather ESPN is waiting to get more details as well from the incident before deciding whether or not to pull the plug on the fight….Peace.

  12. Bob 04:01am, 08/28/2014

    What a shame! Jermain was a very nice young man who seemed like he wanted to go “street” in the latter part of his career. I hope there is some type of rational explanation for this incident. The fact that he was released so quickly on relatively low bail indicates there might be.  If guilty as charged, it would be a shame. Early on he seemed to be a breath of fresh. Boxing is so full of disappointments, in and out of the ring.

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