Can Taylor’s chin take it?
Jermain Taylor possesses all the tools that make a professional fighter good. Hes blessed with first rate hand speed, a pretty powerful left hook and the ability to box and move. His defense is above average as he showed in the second Kelly Pavlick fight. Hes also the same guy who defeated living legend Bernard Hopkins not once, but twice.
His stamina in his last few fights has come into question along with
what could be possibly be his biggest flaw
On October 17th in Berlin, Germany Taylor takes on the unofficial number one seed, King Arthur Abraham who comes into the fight sporting a gaudy 30-0 record with 24 knockouts. Abraham won the IBF middleweight title in 2005, and has proceeded to defend it ten times. He hasnt faced the same level of competition as Taylor but still he defeated the tough Edison Miranda twice, the last time by stoppage. Theres no doubting Abrahams toughness as his jaw was broken in two places in the first Miranda fight. Hes known for his versatility, strength and punching power. He tends to throw his combinations in bunches which will undoubtedly give Taylor problems. Like Taylor his stamina has come into question.
Taylor needs to find a way to turn back the clock and become the guy who defeated Hopkins. He has to move and jab and hold and then gain Arthurs respect by drilling him with some punches. Mentally this could be tough. He speaks of how confident he is but hes coming off a heartbreaking lost to Carl Froch. He was ahead on two of the three judges scorecards entering the 12th round, but was clearly exhausted. Froch knocked him out with 14 seconds remaining in the fight. Is Jermain over that lost? Is his biggest flaw his suspect chin? Taylor is without doubt a pretty resilient guy. He fought Pavlick again right after getting knocked out and to the surprise of many gave Kelly a pretty tough fight. Dont be surprised that at least for awhile, he turns back the clock and fights Abraham on even terms.
Abraham knows all about Taylors last few fights and is probably licking his chops. Hes on a roll now but might enter the fight a bit overconfident; thinking that one little tap to the chin will take Taylor out. This could be a mistake as he could find himself on the end of one of Taylors hooks. Jermain is only twenty eight years old but another lost could bee devastating. Abraham is hungry and will come right at him throwing punches, looking for the opening that could end the fight. The question is how soon he seess it
Its probable that Abraham will continue to pound on Taylor, who in turn will get tired and stop moving. Forced to slug, Taylor will need every skill he has to hang with the powerful Abraham. He wont stop trying, but Abraham who is also blessed with an iron chin will probably wear Taylor down and win by a TKO in the mid to late rounds.
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