Meldrick Taylor vs. Crisanto Espana

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1992-10-31 : Meldrick Taylor 146½ lbs lost to Crisanto Espana 147 lbs by TKO at 2:11 in round 8 of 12

Taylor Succumbs To España
By Ian Thomson, the New York Times, November 2, 1992

LONDON— Meldrick Taylor, an American who was two seconds away from upsetting Julio César Chávez two years ago, was knocked out with 2:11 remaining in the eighth round Saturday night to lose his World Boxing Association welterweight championship to No. 1 contender Chrisanto España of Venezuela.

Taylor's career is finished, said his trainer, Lou Duva.

"He will not fight," Duva said of Taylor, 26. "Nobody's going to change our minds, that's for sure. I don't doubt that some of these wiseguys are going to think he should be fighting again, but if I gotta go to a commission to stop him, I'll go to a commission. The toughest thing is going to be to tell Meldrick. If he never talks to me again, fine, as long as he doesn't fight."

Taylor (29-3-1) showed little of the handspeed that in 1990 devastated Chávez, who won by a controversial TKO at the decision of referee Richard Steele just before Taylor would have been awarded the victory.

An España right knocked Taylor to his hands in the third round, but he popped up and flurried back in the fifth.

A low blow dropped him to his knees in the sixth, resulting in a one-point deduction for España (28-0). When the fight resumed, Taylor was wobbled by a series of rights.

By the seventh he was spitting blood and bleeding from under his right eye. A flurry by España knocked him down in the eighth, and the fight was stopped with Taylor pressed against the turnbuckle.

Duva's T-shirt read "1984," which he had worn to remind Taylor of better days. Taylor recently signed a two-year contract with Duva, and now the trainer has promised to hold him to it, to prevent him from fighting again. [1]