Jermain Taylor: A reign wrongly dismissed?
Despite five straight wins over world-class opponents, Jermain Taylor is still fighting for respect, writes Thomas Gerbasi.
Before we begin, let's remove the names from the following equation to protect the innocent (or guilty). A young fighter comes up the ranks in the conventional way -- slowly, surely, and with the right injection of quality journeymen, former champions on the downside of their careers, and fellow prospects tossed in the mix from time to time.Four years into this process, a championship fight is secured. Now the fun begins. This young fighter wins the title over a certified future Hall of Famer. He defends it successfully for the first time against this same fighter, and then does the same via a 12-round draw against a former world champion who also has a pretty good case for a slot in Canastota. His next two defenses are over former world titleholders who are also southpaws.
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