Taylor Get's The Win Over Truax, Lara Demolishes Hearns In 1!
By Sig Guillermo
Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi - Former WBC/WBO/Ring Middleweight Champion, Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor (30W-4L-18KO’s-1D) would go on to win a hard fought tenth round unanimous decision over then unbeaten Minnesota talent, Caleb “Golden” Truax (18W-1L-10KO’s).
Taylor, 33, had been returning from a dominating eighth round technical knockout of Baltimore, Maryland’s Jessie “Beast” Nicklow (22W-3L-8KO’s-3D) four months ago at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, California. Notwithstanding a somewhat lackluster performance against Truax, the former Undisputed Middleweight champion would reveal signs of the great skill for which he was once known. Along with original trainer Pat Burns in his corner, Taylor appeared re-invigorated and very focused in the early ongoing. His precise jab seemed to be the key difference, virtually winning him every round going up into the ninth.
Truax, 28, would have his moments, occasionally landing massive rights in which Taylor took well. It would then prove shocking as Truax landed a well-timed right hand which would send the former title holder crashing to the canvas. Beating the count of ten, Taylor responded with urgency, tying up his opponent and re-utilizing his effective jab with each round progression. The ninth round knockdown was not enough to supersede Taylor’s lead on the scorecards. The judges scored the contest, 91-98, 92-97, 94-97 for Taylor.
On the scorching co-feature, Cuban southpaw sensation, Erislandy “Oro de Guantanamo” Lara (16W-1L-11KO’s-1D) destroyed Southfield, Michigan’s Ronal “The Chosen One” Hearns (26W-3L-20KO’s) in one round to prove his significance as one of the best at 154lbs. Despite losing a highly controversial decision to former world champion, Paul “The Punisher” Williams (41W-2L-27KO’s) last July, Lara, 29, revealed once again why he is not one to take lightly. Hearns, 33, who was nearly four and a half inches taller, stood no chance as Lara poured on the assault early with a perfectly timed wrecking ball left hand that crushed not only Hearn’s chin; but his will as well. Surviving the count, Hearns arose unsteadily and dazed as Lara pounced on his wounded prey and began delivering numerous blows until the referee called off the contest at 1:34 of the first round.
In addition and untelevised, former amateur standout, J’Leon Love (11W-0-7KO’s) kept his perfect record intact with a blistering third round knockout of Florida southpaw, lbahiem “The Almighty” King (10W-7L-4KO’s).