Longtime trainer Burns not in Taylor's corner

Updated: May 4, 2006, 1:33 PM ET
Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Middleweight champion Jermain Taylor is training without Patrick Burns, who was expected to be part of a two-person training team leading up to next month's fight against Winky Wright.

Jermain Taylor
Taylor

Taylor moved his training camp from Miami to Detroit, where new trainer Emanuel Steward is based. Taylor was expected to work with both Steward and Burns, but camp started Monday without Burns.

Ozell Nelson, Taylor's amateur coach, had said last month both trainers would work together. He now says Burns was left out because having two trainers could have been too distracting for Taylor.

"I wish Jermain well. I certainly want him to win this fight," Burns said from Miami. "I'm going to keep busy, but I will be rooting for Jermain."

Taylor, who is from Little Rock, is 25-0 heading into the June 17 fight with Wright in Memphis, Tenn. Burns has been Taylor's trainer throughout his pro career.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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