IBF: Jermain Taylor innocent until proven guilty, cleared to fight Sam Soliman
The International Boxing Federation have informed WBN that there is nothing to stop Jermain Taylor taking his place opposite middleweight champion Sam Soliman on October 8 in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Taylor, 36, was arrested by police for allegedly shooting his own cousin earlier this week, which instantly brought the assumption that the American would be out of any world title challenge in the immediate future.
After being bailed for $25,000 on Wednesday, Taylor is free to take part in his first world title for over five years against Soliman as ‘Bad Intentions’ bids to regain the IBF belt he last held in 2005.
“It is my understanding that the judge allowed Taylor to travel to Miami to train and to travel to Biloxi to participate in the fight,” The IBF’s Lindsey Tucker explained to World Boxing News.
“Plus, based on that and the fact that you are innocent until proven guilty, I don’t think that we can stop the fight.”
Title holder Soliman makes the first defense of the strap he took from Felix Sturm so impressively in May, having lost out in three previous attempts to win a championship at 160lbs in the past.
The veteran Aussie, 40, is aiming to cash in Stateside before his career finally winds down, and looks set to meet the winner of Curtis Stevens v Hassan N’Dam if he successfully negotiates former pound for pound star Taylor in just under six weeks’ time.
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