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Mora refuses to fight world champ Taylor in Memphis

Updated: March 14, 2007, 11:36 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor's May 19 title defense against Sergio Mora of "The Contender" fame blew up Wednesday night because Mora refuses to fight in Memphis, handlers of both fighters told ESPN.com.

"We're not going to fight Jermain in May. We don't want to fight in Memphis," said Contender promoter Jeff Wald. "For a big championship fight like Taylor-Mora, we didn't want to be in a place like Memphis, no offense to Memphis. We would rather do something more interesting."

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