Arthur Abraham vs. Jermain Taylor

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2009-10-17 : Arthur Abraham 168 lbs beat Jermain Taylor 166¼ lbs by KO at 2:54 in round 12 of 12

Notes

  • Taylor got a point deduction in the sixth round for his third low blow of the fight
  • Scoring after the 11th round: 105-103, 107-102, 106-102, all for Abraham
  • Second consecutive loss for ex-Middleweight champion Taylor in the last 15 seconds of a 12 round bout
  • Non-title bout

Bout Summary

IBF Middleweight champion Arthur Abraham moved up to the Super Middleweight division and scored a twelfth round knockout over former Middleweight champion Jermaine Taylor. Taylor took an early lead, moving and jabbing very well, and clearly winning rounds 1, 2, 4, 5, and 8. Abraham, an Armenian now fighting out of Berlin, Germany, now 31-0, 25 kos, landed great body shots, right hooks to the head, and left-right combinations effectively and consistently to win rounds 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, and 11. Taylor fought dirty at times, and was caught throwing low blows in rounds 2, 4, 6, 8, and 11, yet only one point was taken away. Abraham was winning round 12 when he threw a fast straight right that got through the upraised gloves of Taylor and knocked him out cold with sixteen seconds left. Taylor appeared to be 'out' before hitting the canvas. Taylor, of Little Rock, Arkansas, 28-4-1, 17 kos, lost for the fourth time in his last five bouts. This brutal knockout appeared to end his career. According to Taylor's promoter Lou DiBella, Taylor remained hospitalized with a severe concussion, suffering short term memory loss, unable to remember details of this bout. So DiBella hoped to replace Taylor in the six man Super Middleweight tournament with veteran Allan Green. After being released from the hospital, Taylor released a statement. "I want thank all my fans and those concerned and let everyone know I'm doing just fine and feeling good,” said Taylor. “I want to congratulate Arthur Abraham on his victory and wish him well in the tournament."