Jermain Taylor wins IBF middleweight title after dethroning Sam Soliman

09/10/2014 08:00

Former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KOs) defeated IBF world middleweight titlist Sam “King” Soliman (44-12, 18 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Wednesday night at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Taylor scored four knockdowns en route to  capturing Soliman's title by scores of 116-111, 115-109 and 116-109.

A leg injury suffered by Soliman in Round 7, proved to be the turning point in a close fight.

Soliman injured his left leg on the first knockdown as he appeared to slip on a wet canvas while backing up from one of Taylor’s shots.  Soliman was knocked down again the following round as his leg gave out after Taylor landed a right hand. 

For the remainder of the fight, the American dominated Soliman, flooring him in rounds 9 and 11, as  the 40-year-old Australian did well to make it to the final bell.

Taylor, 36, who claimed the undisputed middleweight title in 2005 after defeating Bernard Hopkins, is next expected to face mandatory challenger Hassan N’Dam.