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Taylor must use bread and butter or risk being toast

An odd method helped Jermain Taylor develop his "beautiful" left jab. But he has to use the punch more effectively in his rematch with Bernard Hopkins on Saturday.

Originally Published: December 1, 2005
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- Middleweight champion Jermain Taylor's left jab is widely considered one of the best in boxing, the bread and butter of his impressive arsenal.

But that wasn't always the case for Taylor, who defends his title for the first time on Saturday night (HBO PPV, 9 ET) at Mandalay Bay in a rematch against Bernard Hopkins, whom he beat on a controversial split decision in July.

When Taylor was 16 and a blossoming amateur in Little Rock, Ark., he was, as he likes say, "right-hand crazy."

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