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Taylor, Wright Battle To Epic Draw
Taylor, Wright Battle To Epic Draw
WOW. What a fight Saturday night. The showdown between Winky Wright and Jermaim Taylor managed to not only live up to, but exceed the hype, as these two talented warriors battled to a draw after twelve rounds of intense action. The Spoon Man watched, took notes, and gives his unadulterated takes on what went down.
WOW. What a great fight between Jermain Taylor and Winky Wright last night.
Going into it, this was about as even a marquee matchup as the sport has seen in some time. At the end of twelve hard fought rounds, it is still that even.
The result was a draw. No winner, no loser. As close as the fight was, it was the right scoring. Now let’s just hope they will do it again.
The fight was full of action. The two fighters were going back and forth all night. Jermain Taylor dominated the action from the center of the ring. He was landing power shots and combinations. He appeared to have stunned Winky on a few occasions. Wright however was able to stay in the fight by taking into the corners and against the ropes. There, Taylor had no answer for the shots and was fighting with his hands down and getting caught.
Winky wasn’t able to do too much damage from a power stand point but kept landing and landing.
Every round was hard fought and tough to score. On my scorecard, going into the last round, the fight was Wright’s fight to lose. He decided not to fight that round. He ran around thinking the fight was in the bag. What a mistake. The final round cost him the fight and the title. Two of the three judges gave the round to Taylor ... forcing the draw.
So there's got to be a rematch right?
Not according to Winky Wright.
He showed a classless side of himself after the scores were announced. First by running out of the ring after the results were announced, and then with his comments later on that night. Winky stated he doesn’t want a rematch because he feels he was robbed. The way I see it, it's his own fault. If he would have done ANYTHING in the last round, he would have won.
Jermain Taylor was classy and a good sport as always after the fight. He said he respects Winky very much and would love to fight him again right away. He also admitted that it was Winky’s fight for the taking heading into that 12th round. Taylor seemed angry that Wright decided to run from him in the final round. “It’s a fight and you need to fight all twelve rounds” said the champ.
It was a classic matchup and I really want to see it again. However, I lost a lot of respect for Winky Wright and wouldn’t mind if he doesn’t get that chance again.
Hopefully now everyone will realize what a great champion Jermain Taylor is and start giving him more props.
He deserves it.
Jun 17, 2006 7:00 PM
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