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IBF strips Jermain Taylor of middleweight title

Jermain Taylor

The IBF has decided to strip Jermain Taylor of his middleweight title today, after deliberating on the status of the now former titlist.

Taylor surrendered to authorities on January 22, after an incident in Pulanski County, Arkansas that will see him in court on February 10 and is facing charges stemming from two gun-related charges, while an Arkansas judge has also ordered that he undergo a mental evaluation.

In a statement released by the IBF, the organization called to attention Rule 5.C of the IBF/USBA Rules Governing Championship Contests, which state that “Any boxer who is ill, injured or under a legal impediment which would prevent the bout from taking place, or on suspension at the time the Championships Chairman and President order a bout under this rule shall be considered unavailable.”

In short, Taylor will obviously not be available to defend his title by the due date of his mandatory title defense.  Sergio Mora, who fights tonight on ESPN Friday Night Fights, was supposed to have challenged Taylor in the main event, but will instead take on Abie Han, since Taylor’s arrest.

Felix Sturm and Hassan N’Dam, who are ranked 1 and 3 respectively, have now been ordered to fight for the vacant title.

“The IBF wishes Jermain the best of luck and hopes that he is able to resolve these matters quickly,” stated IBF President Daryl Peoples. Lou DiBella, who promotes Taylor was advised to notify the IBF if he is able to resume his career.

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