IBF middleweight champion Jermain Taylor has been arrested by police for yet another firearms offence after allegedly discharging a gun at the Martin Luther King Day Parade in Little Rock on Monday.
The 36 year-old has also been charged with endangering a minor and possession of cannabis in a total of eight felony counts and faces an even more uncertain future. Taylor had called off his upcoming title defense against Sergio Mora just two days prior to his arrest citing injury.
International Boxing Federation Chairman Lindsey Tucker informed WBN that news Taylor would be unable to face Mora came through to the organisation on Saturday. The fight was due to take place on February 6.
At this point, it is unknown what course of action the IBF will take following Taylor’s arrest which comes just months after ‘Bad Intentions’ was hauled in by sheriffs and charged for a separate incident involving the shooting of his cousin.
Taylor is already facing up to 26 years in prison for that offence and has further dented his reputation, along with his chances of avoiding jail time, by his antics this week which seem to have an air of the bizarre by all accounts.
The fighter was videoed hours before his arrest dancing wildly at the MLK event, and according to witnesses who spoke to arkansasonline.com, Taylor pointed his gun at members of the public before eventually firing, although nobody was hurt in the incident.
Fears for Taylor’s mental state have been expressed since news of the shocking events filtered through as the two-time world champion has previously been banned from boxing due to brain abnormalities. Taylor had his licensed revoked back in 2010 following a bad knockout defeat to Arthur Abraham before returning in 2012.
Taylor has so far been triumphant in regaining his position at the top of the sport, but the lasting damage of continued punches to the head have obviously left invisible scars that have now come to the fore and could well have played some part in recent events.