Current International Boxing Federation world middleweight title holder Jermain Taylor has been formally charged with a shooting incident involving his cousin Tyrone DaWayne in August of this year.
The 36 year-old, who defeated Sam Soliman last month to regain his 160lb crown, faces being convicted of first-degree battery and first-degree terroristic threatening and could be sentenced to anything up to 26 years in prison if found guilty.
Local media sources near Taylor’s hometown of Little Rock, including the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, are reporting that the fighter’s attorneys are challenging his arrest and have asked for evidence from the case to be thrown out.
Taylor was arrested for opening fire on DaWayne, along with another individual who approached his house towards the end of the summer, and has so far been fully co-operative with police on the matter.
At this point, it is unclear whether Taylor will be stripped by the IBF just over a month after claiming the coveted red belt, in what was a comprehensive victory over Soliman in Biloxi, Mississippi.
More is expected to be released on the story from both sides in the coming days as Taylor’s ring career hangs in the balance.