17.07.05 - By Jim Amato: Jermain Taylor has ended the long reign of Bernard Hopkins. Taylor won a split decision in a bout where youth took the early lead and age and knowledge fell short. Give Bernard his due. When he realized his title was in jeopardy, he came on like a true champion. At times it looked like he might overwhelm Taylor and salvage his title but Taylor was there to bring home the bacon and he did just that..
The scores were 116-112 for Bernard but that vote was over ruled by two cards reading 115-113 for Taylor. So Jermain is now the main man. A rematch? If Bernard requests it , he should get it. It was not like he was blown out of the ring. He made a very respectable showing and he deserves a rematch if he so desires.
For the time being Taylor is the top dog. He rose to the occasion. This young man has a great future ahead.