Jermain Taylor given benefit of the doubt over license

Arkansas middleweight Jermain Taylor will return to the ring in the near future after being granted a boxing license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission following a hearing this week.

The 33 year-old, who dethroned Bernard Hopkins of all four versions of the middleweight titles in 2005, lost his license in 2009 following four defeats in five bouts.

‘Bad Intentions’ was one of the original members of the Showtime Super-Six Tournament that began in 2009, but after two defeats decided to rethink his boxing career and took two years before deciding to come back.

Taylor had planned a return in August this year but after concerns about his weight, the Little Rock fighter was forced to explain his situation to the board in order to arrange his 34th professional fight.

Arguing that 168lbs was too high a weight-class for him to compete in, Taylor will now return to 160lbs and has agreed not to put on too much weight in between fights after reportedly ballooning to 200lbs in the past.