Jermain Taylor will make the first defense of his IBF middleweight title against Sergio Mora on February 6, with the fight set for ESPN Friday Night Fights from the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, where Taylor beat Sam Soliman on October 8, a fight that also aired as a special on ESPN.
Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KO) had been written off as a serious contender following his losses to Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham in 2009 at super middleweight, which led to a two-year absence from the sport. But when he returned in 2011, he worked his way back to the middleweight division, and a little less than three years later, claimed another world title for the first time since losing his middleweight crown to Kelly Pavlik in 2007.
Taylor, 36, was also charged with first degree battery and first degree terroristic threatening in November, following an incident in August where he allegedly shot his cousin.
Mora (27-3-2, 9 KO) has also been out of the title picture for quite a while. The 34-year-old tactician, who won the first season of "The Contender" (2004-05), has won four straight since dropping a rematch to Bryan Vera in August 2012.
Taylor vs Mora was a fight that was proposed in 2007, but Mora balked at fighting Taylor, then the lineal middleweight champion, because he didn't want to fight in Memphis, near Taylor's home base in Arkansas. Now, years later, the fight will happen. So I guess that's a great reason to go for a "never say never" approach to Mayweather vs Pacquiao. YES! I WORKED IT IN!