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Longtime trainer Burns not in Taylor's corner

5/4/2006 - Boxing

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.

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.