Drugs, booze have Taylor on canvas: Fenech
A hospital spokesperson in Wollongong confirmed Taylor, 39, was in a critical condition.
Taylor admitted to having a drug problem early last decade but got his career back on track after three devastating losses in 2001.
Taylor (52-10-3, 37 KOs) won middleweight and super middleweight world titles belonging to the little recognised WBF.
Fenech, who was in Taylor's corner for his biggest fight against Shane Mosley in 2001, said he took a call from Taylor around 6.30pm (AEDT) on Sunday.
"He was in party mode," Fenech said.
"He was just Shannan, normal old Shannan.
"I tried ringing him (twice) this morning to see how he was when he told me he hadn't been drinking, but it sounded like he had been at that time.
"He got led astray last night, the alcohol led him astray, the evilness in drugs and alcohol led him astray."
Fenech said Taylor had talked on Sunday about his next fight against Garth Wood in Melbourne which was scheduled for February 2012.
Taylor established himself as one of Australia's best boxers of the late 1990s and early 2000s, thrilling fight fans with an aggressive style that earned him the nickname Bulli Blaster.
In Las Vegas in March 2001, he was stopped in six rounds by WBC welterweight world champion and American superstar Mosley.
It was his first loss in 30 professional bouts during which he claimed the scalps of former world champions Jake Rodriguez and Livingstone Bramble.
Most recently, he won the vacant WBF middleweight world title on October 7, with a fourth round KO of Thailand's Sintung Kietbusaba at Wollongong Stadium.
One of the longest-serving professional fighters in Australia, Taylor started his career in the paid ranks back in July 1992.
Aussie champ now 'stable'
The condition of Australian middleweight Shannan Taylor has improved but he remains on life support, fighting for his life in a hospital near Sydney.
Taylor was suffering from a drug overdose when he was admitted to a Wollongong hospital on Sunday.
By Monday night his condition was said to be stable; no longer critical. Doctors, who had considering turning off the life-support machines, were reassessing the situation.
It emerged that Taylor may have been the victim of an accidental overdose; the result of herion being mistaken for cocaine.
Early reports said the machines that kept Taylor alive would be switched off on Tuesday morning.
There were even reports that he had died, but late on Monday night, Australian time, his condition had improved markedly, according to Australian news sources.
The experienced fighter, who had admitted to cocaine abuse several years ago, was admitted to hospital in the early hours of Monday. It has been reported that another man was hospitalised after the same incident.
'BULLI BLASTER' LOST TO MOSLEY
Ron Jackson writes that Taylor, 39, defeated Thailand’s Sintung Kietbusaba in Wollongong, his home town, last month to win the vacant World Boxing Foundation middleweight title.
Known as The Bulli Blaster, he began boxing professionally in 1992. He lost to American Shane Mosley in a fight for the WBC welterweight title in Las Vegas in 2001. Mosley stopped him in the sixth round.
He also lost on points to Anthony Mundine, one of Australia's best-known fighters, when they met early in 2009.
Taylor went the full 12 rounds with Arthur Abraham in 2006 when they fought for the IBF middleweight title.
He also held stoppage wins over former WBA lightweight champion Livingstone Bramble and former IBF light-welterweight champion Jake Rodriguez.
Soon after his fight with Mosley, Taylor spoke about his cocaine addiction, but he won his next 14 fights during a four-year run.
His last bout was against Kietbusaba, whom he stopped in the fourth round.
Taylor’s record stands at 52 wins, 10 losses, 3 draws and 37 knockouts.
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