Atlantic City - In a middleweight fight, Marquis Taylor (15-1-2, 1 KO) knocked off another unbeaten prospect with a ten round unanimous decision over Cuba's Yoelvis Gomez (6-1, 5 KOs).
The scores were 96-93, 97-93 and 99-90.
Taylor was very active, outworking Gomez in the majority of the rounds.
During the second, Taylor landed a counter-right hand that put Gomez down for the first time in his career.
Taylor began to fade in the final two rounds, but he did enough to hold Gomez off.
“Only through God’s grace am I able to do this. I want to thank everyone who put this together. Mom we did it. This is what I wanted to do my whole life. It took me a long time and a lot of battles to make it here. But it was all worth it. I proved to myself that I can be in here with anyone and overcome and prevail," Taylor said.
“This is my second weight class in nine months. I proved it to myself. It’s not about the weight. It’s about skill and hard work and trusting my team. I was working inside and staying close and boom. Luckily when he threw his shot he kind of fell off balance and I helped him.
“At first I’m not going to lie at the beginning of the fight it was hard because he’s really strong. He was doing what he’s supposed to do and that’s use his weight and push me down, so I had to get into his midsection and break him down, so I started tapping that belly and pushing in. I knew the safest space to be with him was inside. Outside he has crazy power so I had to cut it off and smother him so that’s what I did. I really hope to be back on here [on Showtime] and give the fans what they pay for."
Taylor is hoping the unexpected win will land him a big opportunity in the form of a showdown with WBO interim-junior middleweight champion Tim Tszyu.
Tszyu was hoping to face undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo, who accepted an opportunity to move up by two weight divisions to challenge the undisputed super middleweight champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez on September 30th in Las Vegas.
“Tim Tszyu – if he wants to stay busy I’ll fight him. Because he’s not going to get that Jermell Charlo fight because of Canelo. I would like to fight him or anyone in the top 5 or top 10 at 160. It’s time for me to fight the best," Taylor said.