icon Updated at 11:17 AM EDT, Fri Apr 20, 2012

Jermain Taylor Survives Knockdown To Beat Caleb Truax

By Jake Donovan

Former middleweight king Jermain Taylor continues his comeback, though the latest stop nearly produced disastrous results. A ninth round knockdown provided much needed drama for a largely dull affair, but Taylor literally held on to take a unanimous decision over Caleb Truax in their Showtime-televised main event Friday evening at the Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, MS. 

Scores were 98-91, 97-92 and 97-94 for Taylor, who has won two straight since returning to the ring last December. Truax suffers his first professional loss. 

In the televised co-feature, Erislandy Lara made quick work of Ronald Hearns, stopping the second generation fighter at 1:34 of the first round. Lara dropped Hearns early, rocked him to the point of a standing eight count and then outright flattened him to end the fight.

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