Jermain Taylor is set to defend his IBF middleweight title for the first time on February 6 at the scene of his triumphant return to world champion status against Sam Soliman last October.
The 36 year-old regained a version of the 160lb title seven years on from his previous reign by out-pointing the Australian at the Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi and is lining up Sergio Mora as his maiden challenger at the same venue.
International Boxing Federation Chairman Lindsey Tucker has confirmed to WBN that the fight is in the works for early next month and are just awaiting the finalisation of the contracts to give the contest the green light.
If forthcoming, Mora, 34, will be attempting a similar feat as Taylor in reclaiming world title status following a seven-year absence. ‘The Latin Snake’ held the famous green WBC belt for all of three months back in 2008 before losing out to the late Vernon Forrest having originally dethroned ‘The Viper’ in a stunning upset.
Former Contender Series champion Mora will aim to take advantage of some unrest in the life of current title holder Taylor, who has been in trouble with the law recently having been charged with two serious felonies just weeks after his latest victory.
‘Bad Intentions’ faces up to 26 years in prison if found guilty in relation to the shooting of his cousin in the summer of 2014, although at the moment the IBF have assured WBN that Taylor’s status as champion is safe until he can no longer fulfil his mandatory obligations.