Former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor has a debt to pay and it could start in October.
Taylor (32-4-1, 20KOs) will challenge Australian Sam Solimon for the IBF middleweight championship.Leon Margulesand Lou DiBella will be co-promoting the fight, which is scheduled on Oct. 4, though there is speculation that it could happen four days later.
Seven years ago he lost the middleweight world title to Kelly Pavlik and has struggled to get back to title contention. After overcoming roadblock such as suffering a 12th-round TKO loss to Carl Froch and a brain bleed after a knockout loss against Arthur Abraham in 2009. Taylor went to the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas for extensive testing.
He scheduled to compete in the Super Six tournament in 2010 but withdrew to focus on his health.
After receiving a clean bill of health he returned to action and the middleweight division in 2011 and reunited with trainer Pat Burns, who helped him get to the middleweight title.
In his comeback fight he scored an eighth-round knockout in his fight against Jessie Nicklow. He is currently riding a four-fight winning streak that includes a second-round KO over Raul Munoz and a seventh-round TKO win over Juan Carlos Candelo.
Taylor has reunited with his trainer Pat Burns
Soliman (44-11, 18KOs) is coming off the biggest win of his career after capturing the IBF crown from Felix Sturm via decision. This will be his first IBF title defense. In an interview with ESPN, Kurt Emhoft, attory and co-manager for Soliman, said the champion decided to fight Taylor rather than accept a unification bout with Gennady Golovkin.
Although some critics believe that Taylor should not get a shot at Soliman, I think this will be a competitive bout, as well as a win-win situation for both fighters.
If Soliman wins he can use the victory as momentum if and when he faces Golovkin.
If Taylor captures the IBF title this could be the continuation of a great comeback story.
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