Showtime to air Jermain Taylor comeback in December
Following destructive knockout losses to Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham during the Showtime Super six competition, the American network are set to unveil Jermain Taylor's comeback fight which is currently penciled in for late December.
The Arkansas boxer, who ruled the middleweight division prior to a knockout loss to Kelly Pavlik, looks set to return to his old 160lb division.
33-year old Taylor, flanked by adviser Al Haymon successfully acquired his boxing license from the Nevada State Athletic Commission last month.
The committee reviewed brain scans and a letter supplied by a medical professional who described Taylor's current cerebral condition as "normal" following a lengthy retirement from the ring, following a blood clot on the brain (subdural hematoma) inflicted by a devastating knockout to Abraham which left the fighter critical in hospital.
It's not known if Lou Dibella will be involved in the promotion. At the time of the loss in Germany, Dibella rightfully urged Taylor to take a break from the sport to regroup himself. The promoter and Taylor's family were left shocked and frightened by the nature of the defeat.
After Taylor left the German hospital still insisted he would fight on, Dibella then withdrew as Taylor's promoter, urging the fighter to listen to him and his loved ones.
Following that public episode the broken fighter accepted reality and promptly withdrew from the competition.
It's been two years since Taylor stepped into the ring and nobody is sure of the opponent's name or the exact duration of the bout (rumoured to be 10 rounds). But it has been said that the fight will be staged in Taylor's hometown of Arkansas.
Many wish popular Taylor well in his efforts, but even more worry that a return to the 160lb weight class and not 175lb light heavyweight division, is playing with fire for a man who's often struggled badly with stamina in the later rounds.
Jermain in his heyday, dethroning Hopkins:-
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