Jermain Taylor: I'll Be Fighting For a World Title in 2013

New York/St. Charles, Mo.  - Tomorrow night former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor (30-4-1, 18KO's) will step back into the ring and continue on his comeback trail as he takes on Raul Munoz (21-15-1, 16KO's) in a 10-round middleweight bout.  Highlights of the bout will be aired on ShoBox: The New Generation.  In the ShoBox main event blue-chip prospect Jose "Sniper" Pedraza (10-0, 6KO's) looks to keep his unblemished record intact when he takes on Philadelphia's Tevin Farmer (7-3-1, 1KO) in an eight-round lightweight matchup.

In the televised co-feature, undefeated up-and-coming prospects Jonathan Cepeda (12-0, 11KO's) and Lamar Russ (10-0, 6KO's) will square off in an eight-round middleweight bout.  The event is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Rumble Time Promotions in association with Gary Shaw Productions and Universal Promotions   SHOWTIME® will begin live coverage at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

"I feel great.  Physically and mentally I feel I am on the top of my game," said Taylor.

"I am ready to go out there and make a statement. I want to show the world that I am ready for the best that the middleweight division has to offer. I fully expect to be fighting for a world title belt sometime early next year."

The bout on Friday will be Taylor's third consecutive fight on the SHOWTIME®   network since returning to the ring in December of last year.  Taylor went on a two-year hiatus from the ring following his early departure from the coveted Super Six Tournament in the super middleweight division.  Taylor has since moved back down in weight to where he ruled as the undefeated middleweight champion of the world from 2005-when he ended Bernard Hopkins' record-setting reign-to 2007.  In Taylor's most recent outing in April, he won a dominant 10-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Caleb Truax.  Taylor is hoping to work his way into another title shot in 2013, but he must first get by Munoz.

"In order for Jermain to return to championship form he has to stay busy," said promoter Lou DiBella, who has promoted Taylor from his first professional bout. "Skills need to be rediscovered and confidence needs to be built.  An active, prepared and confident Jermain Taylor can still be a force to be reckoned with at the highest level of the middleweight division."

"It took us about five years to get our first crack at the world title so I knew once we returned that it was going to take us some time to get Jermain back to where he was when he beat Hopkins," said trainer Patrick Burns. "I am extremely happy though where Jermain is right now.  Physically he has been there for some time now, but more important was his mental aspect.  He needed to get back to where he was mentally and to get that confidence back, and I can assure you that it is there.  That is what excites me the most about Jermain right now.  He has his confidence back and knows that he has the ability to once again be the best middleweight in the world."

The event is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Rumble Time Promotions in association with Gary Shaw Productions and Universal Promotions.  Tickets are priced at $100, $75 and $40, and can be purchased through the Ameristar Casino or by calling (314) 267-2204.  Doors open at 5:30PM with the first bout scheduled for 6:00PM. 

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ravens Fan on 10-12-2012

Why is this card on Showtime an not on say USA Tuesday Night Fights?

Comment by deanrw on 10-11-2012

[quote=Boskop;12596528]He's gonna be the next Meldrick Taylor if he keeps on fighting...[/quote] Possibly, but more often or not, the guys who end up in really bad shape are the guys who can take loads of punishment. That constant punishment takes…

Comment by Foolkiller on 10-11-2012

Build yourself back up one brick at a time champ. I really believe under the right circumstances Jermain has a few surprises left for all of us. Good luck, in your quest.

Comment by Boskop on 10-11-2012

He's gonna be the next Meldrick Taylor if he keeps on fighting...

Comment by Drunk Punch on 10-11-2012

I like Taylor but he's got no business at elite level. If it makes him feel better KOing a few journeymen then go ahead, but put him in with any elite MW, Golovkin, Martinez etc and they will put him…

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