Jermain Taylor stripped of IBF middleweight title
Jermain Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KOs) has been stripped of his IBF middleweight title.
Taylor, 36, is facing several legal problems and is to undergo a mental evaluation that could keep him out of the ring for some time following two arrests, the alleged shooting of his cousin in August, and again last month in which he allegedly discharged a gun and threatened to shoot a family during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas.
“Any boxer who is ill, injured, under a legal impediment which would prevent the bout from taking place, or on suspension at the time the Championships Chairman and President order a bout under this rule shall be considered unavailable," read a statement from IBF President Daryl Peoples. “The IBF wishes Jermain the best of luck and hopes that he is able to resolve these matters quickly.”
Taylor won the title in October when he scored four knockdowns in a unanimous decision victory against Sam Soliman, nine years after he beat Bernard Hopkins to win the undisputed championship in 2005.
Mandatory challenger Hassan N’Dam (31-1, 18 KOs) will fight four-time world champion Felix Sturm (39-4-3, 18 KOs) for the vacant title.