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Jermaine Taylor and Erislandy Lara record victories last night on Showtime

By: Eliud Vazquez Torres Puerto Rico Boxing Writer

BILOXI, Miss. – It almost looked and felt like deja vu all over again for Jermain Taylor(30-4-1, 18KOs) last night. Taylor was dropped in the ninth round by a right hand from Caleb Truax(18-0-1,10 KOs). This time however, he got up from the knockdown to finish the fight on his feet. Taylor established his jab early in the fight to stack up the scorecards. “Bad Intentions” was in charge thru out the fight up until round number nine when he was floored by Truax. At the end Taylor won a unanimous decision with scores of  98-91, 97-92 and 97-94.

Erislandy Lara(16-1-1,11 KOs) knocked out Ronald Hearns(26-3, 23 KOs) in the very first round of the Jr. middleweight contest. Lara came out and wasted no time in disposing Hearns. The bout was stopped after Lara registered three knockdowns against the son of the legend Tommy “Hit Man” Hearns. The time was 1:34. This was Lara’s first fight since his controversial lost to Paul Williams.  Hearns now has suffered two straight defeats.

Undercard:   Kelvin Price (13-0, 6 KOs) UD10 Arron Lyons (12-12-1, 9 KOs) heavyweights….

J’Leon Love (11-0, 7 KOs) KO 3 Ibahiem King (10-7, 4 KOs) middleweights…

Steve Martinez (12-1, 10 KOs) KO 2Marcus Thompkins (5-7-1, 2 KOs) Jr. middleweights….

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