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Jermain Taylor receives suspended sentence, plans to fight again

Jermain Taylor aims to get back into the ring after receiving a suspended sentence on three felony charges.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor received a suspended sentence on three separate felony charges, including shooting his cousin, firing a gun at a Martin Luther King Jr Day parade in Little Rock, and punching a fellow patient at a rehab clinic.

Taylor, 37, will have a six-year suspended sentence and also has been ordered to do 120 hours of community service and pay a $2,000 fine plus court costs. He has recently been training in Florida, which the court allowed with constant supervision, and trainer Pat Burns, who spoke on Taylor's behalf, says that the fighter has not failed a drug test in eight months.

Taylor is also broke, according to his attorneys, and is still facing three lawsuits.

Taylor and those speaking for him say that the fighter had developed a drug and alcohol addiction but that he has "grown up" since a short stint in jail, and is looking to get his career back on track. Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KO) does plan to fight again as soon as possible. He most recently fought in October 2014, beating Sam Soliman to win the IBF middleweight title, his first world title win since losing the lineal middleweight championship to Kelly Pavlik in 2007.

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