By Steve Brooks: Promoter Lou Dibella believes that former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (32-4-1, 20 KOs) has a good shot at beating IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs) next month on October 8th at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA.
Taylor does have the power and speed advantage in this fight, and it could turn his way if he can handle the high work rate and the odd punching angles from the 40-year-old Soliman. To be sure, Soliman isn’t a big puncher, but he definitely hits hard enough to where he could KO Taylor if he lands enough of his punches. Even a light punching fighter can score a knockout if he can land enough of his shots.
“Jermain came back for an opportunity,” said DiBella via Thaboxingvoice.com. “Soliman is not a big puncher. He is over 40 years old. Jermain has as good a chance to win the title again as could be put in front of him.”
We really don’t know how well Taylor will be able to do against a quality fighter like Soliman, because it’s been many years since Taylor faced someone that was a really good fighter. You can go back all the way to 2009 when Taylor was knocked out in the 12th round by Arthur Abraham is when Taylor last fought someone really good. Soliman isn’t in the same class as Abraham is in terms of punching power, but like I said. If Soliman can land enough of his big punches in the fight, he might be able to get Taylor out of there.
This fight is Taylor’s opportunity to resurrect his career. His career fell apart after his loss to Abraham in 2009, as that was the second straight knockout defeat for Taylor. He took time off from boxing following that knockout and didn’t come back until 2011 when he defeated Jessie Nicklow. Taylor has won his last four fights against weaker opposition. He blames his previous knockout losses on him not being in good shape when he would show up for training camp, which would force him to take off a ton of weight during each camp. That in turn would leave him drained late in the fight and susceptible to knockout.