Jermain Taylor defends his WBC and WBO Middleweight titles tonight when he takes on former Light Middleweight Champion Cory Spinks live from the Fedex Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. Spinks is a replacement for “Contender” Champion Sergio Mora after Mora backed out of the fight after becoming unhappy with the location of the fight.
Taylor (26-0-1, 17 KO’s) has held the title of Middleweight King since defeating Bernard Hopkins back in July of 2005. After a draw with Winky Wright, Taylor took on Light Middleweight Kassim Ouma. Taylor would never earn the knockout he had promised his fans. And it was the much smaller Ouma who seemed force the action in the fight. Now, instead of taking on a true Middleweight, Taylor has decided to fight another Light Middleweight in Cory Spinks. Boxing fans aren’t happy, so Taylor must win big. Doesn’t matter how, but he must do it, and it must be in convincing fashion. What awaits Taylor next is a mega-fight with Joe Calzaghe or a title defense against the winner of the Kelly Pavlik-Edison Miranda undercard fight.
After getting knocked out by Zab Judah and losing his Welterweight Titles, Spinks (36-3, 11 KO’s), in his first fight ever at Light Middleweight, won the IBF Light Middleweight Titles in July of 2006. After successfully defending his title against Rodney Jones in February, Spinks decided to take another jump in weight to earn another title in a fourth weight class. In reality, Spinks is really a Welterweight, but with his crafty boxing style, it appears that he can hang in the ring with any boxer, no matter how big they may be. A win may be considered one of the biggest upsets of all time.
Make sure to tune in tonight at 10:15pm EST/7:15pm PST live on HBO from the Memphis, Tennessee.
Make sure to catch the explosive undercard as Edison Miranda takes on Kelly Pavlik for a chance to take on the winner of the Jermain Taylor-Cory Spinks fight.
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