Jermain Taylor survived a serious scare in the 9th round of his fight against Caleb Truax on Shobox on Friday night, going on to win a wide Unanimous Decision by scores of 98-91, 97-92 and 97-74. He was dropped early in the 9th Round and in legit trouble, and had to hold on and survive the rest of the stanza on shaky legs to secure that victory. The fight was the second in his comeback, and while he continues to set his course towards a title fight prize at 160 lbs, it may be worth reconsidering.
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Taylor, who improved to 30-4-1 with the win, had been cruising against Truax for the first 8 rounds of their contest before he got decked in the 9th. That's not to say that he looked particularly impressive, however.
He was controlling the fight with his jab and work rate, however, he wasn't doing a ton of damage, and he wasn't asserting himself as a top level guy. Truax proved to be a skilled fighter, and he entered the bout undefeated at 18-0...