The next time Andres Taylor steps into a ring he will be fighting for a world title. The fighter from Johnstown, PA who fights out of Tom Yankello's World Class Boxing Gym will have a chance to life the WBA title on October 27 from Panamanian titleholder Guillermo Jones.
Jones is one of the least active champions in the sport and this will be his first fight in 2012. Jones is a very talented fighter who started his career as a welterweight (147 pounds). He fought for a light middleweight title but was unable to capture a title until moving up to cruiserweight.
He unsuccessfully challenged for the WBO cruiserweight title in 2002, drawing with Johnny Nelson. The 40-year-old finally got a world title 15 years into this career when he beat Firat Arslan. He has only defended the title two times since winning it in 2008.
He got a TKO win over Valery Burdov in 2010 and knocked out Michael Marrone in 2011.
Taylor was just turning pro when Jones won his title by beating Ryan Thompson via UD-4. He went 8-0-1 before suffering his defeat to Leo Bercier. Taylor then went 12-0-1 in his next 13 and beat Bercier to raise his record to 20-1-2.
His next loss came at the hands of Garret Wilson earlier this year but Taylor bounced back with a big TKO-1 win over Justin Howes in August. His record sits at 21-2-2 (8 KO).
Taylor is ranked 15th in the world by the WBA and this will be optional defense by Jones. This is the first shot at a world title for Taylor.
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