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TAYLOR, DIRRELL STOPS OVERMATCHED CLUB FIGHTERS

 

Taylor, Dirrell Stop Overmatched Club Fighters in Ring Returns

Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California–After twenty-six months away from the ring, former middleweight world titlist, Jermain Taylor (29-4-1, 19 KOs), stopped overmatched Maryland club fighter, Jessie Nicklow (22-3-3, 8 KOs) in the eighth round of their scheduled ten.

Taylor dominated throughout and performed as expected against a fighter whose greatest claim to fame is “looking tough” in a TKO 4 loss to Fernando Guerrero in 2009. It’s hard to assess whether Taylor is anything close to the fighter he was as undisputed middleweight champ or, for that matter, if he’s the same fighter that he was prior to being brutally knocked out by Arthur Abraham in his last bout.

With Taylor doing pretty much what he wanted, whenever he wanted, the only real intrigue of the bout came in the sixth, when Taylor had a point deducted for hitting after the bell. Other than that, it was smooth sailing for the Arkansas native.

Kudos to referee Ray Corona for saving everyone six minutes of life by stopping the fight prematurely in the eighth round. At the time of the stoppage, Nicklow was not seriously hurt but was hopelessly behind in the bout and had shown absolutely no answer whatsoever for anything Taylor did.

In the co-feature, Andre Dirrell (20-1, 13 KOs) came back from 21 months of inactivity with an impressive second round knockout of Michigan club fighter, Darryl Cunningham (24-3, 10 KOs).

After an uneventful first round, Dirrell came out with a more aggressive second that saw Cunningham buzzed and unable to recover.

Halfway through the round, Dirrell would drop and seriously hurt Cunningham. However, while referee Pat Russell attempted to get Dirrell to a neutral corner, Cunningham, who had beaten the count, would have a few seconds of a breather and even enough presence of mind to kick the towel out of the ring that his corner had thrown in.

Seconds later, when action was restored, Dirrell dropped Cunningham again and Cunningham would once again beat the count. This time, though, Cunningham’s corner would succeed at throwing in the towel for their fighter.

Source: theboxingtribune.com/2011/12/taylor-dirrell-stop-overmatched-club-fighters-in-ring-returns/

 

TAYLOR, DIRRELL BACK WITH WINS

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Jermain Taylor: One-sided victory

Jermain Taylor and Andre Dirrell scored comeback wins on their first outings since being ruled out of the World Super Six Series.

Taylor, now back at middleweight where he once reigned supreme, beat the over-matched but brave Jessie Nicklow inside eight rounds, while Dirrell stopped Darryl Cunningham in two.

The pair had been sidelined for 26 and 21 months respectively - Taylor in particular taking time to asses his future prospects after losing four of his last five fights.

Knockouts by Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham had left question marks over "Bad Intentions'' career prospects, but the 33-year-old is now looking to challenge for one of the middleweight titles after dropping back to the 160lb limit.

Taylor, who admitted afterwards to being rusty on his return, was deducted a point for hitting after the bell to end the sixth but had won virtually every round before the referee stepped in to spare Wicklow further punishment.

Dirrell floored Cunningham twice in the second round on the same card in California, first from a long left hand and then a short right.

Also on the same card, the former Cuban amateur Luis Garcia made an impressive American debut with a lop-sided points verdict over Alexander Johnson.

Light-heavyweight Garcia, now based in Cork, moved to 12-0 with nine wins by stoppage. Stablemate Mike Perez, who won last year's International Prizefighter, dominated a 10-rounder against durable Nigeria-born Friday Ahunanya.

Source:  www.sportinglife.com/boxing/news/story_get.cgi

 

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