Taylor wins dull decision over Spinks

jermain taylor19.05.07 - By Scott Frake: WBC/WBO Middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (27-0, 17 KO's) won a listless 12-round split decision victory over Cory Spinks (36-4, 11 KOs) tonight at the at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. Neither fighter did much to distinguish themselves in the bout, which featured a lot of running – as usual – by Spinks and an abnormally low punch output by both fighters with little action for long periods. Taylor won by the final judges’ scores of 117-111, 115-113, with Spinks winning the third card 117-111.

Despite being the shorter fighter, Spinks, the IBF junior middleweight champion, was able to score effectively during the first half of the fight, landing jabs and combinations, while Taylor was mostly limited to one shot at time. Spinks, however, wasn’t able to get much power on his punches for most of the bout, and seemed much the weaker fighter compared to Taylor’s powerful shots, which were impressing the judges. In the 2nd half of the fight, Taylor appeared to come on as Spinks was visibly tiring, and taking the fight to him. Still, Taylor looked pedestrian, for the most part, especially compared to Kelly Pavlik’s awesome performance earlier against Edison Miranda.

For Taylor, who has been rumored to be moving up to the Super middleweight division for a possible bout with Joe Calzaghe, this is the 4th consecutive boring fight from since winning the WBC/WBO middleweight title by split decision over Bernard Hopkins in July 2005. Since then, Taylor has beaten Hopkins in a rematch in December 2005, fought to a draw with Winky Wright - a bout that many felt that Wright won - in June 2006, and decisioned Kassim Ouma, a junior middleweight, in December 2006.

Article posted on 20.05.2007

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