IBF Middleweight titleholder Jermain Taylor was yesterday charged with eight felony counts and one misdemeanour following an incident in Little Rock, Arkansas.
As reported by ESPN, Taylor is alleged to have discharged a gun in his home town of Little Rock - firing five times after having first pointed the weapon in the direction of his wife, children and one other individual standing near by.
The arrest only compounds things for Taylor, who's slated title defense vs Serio Mora on Feb. 6th was already on the verge of being cancelled after x-rays revealed he is suffering from fractured ribs.
Having been apprehended by police officers at the scene, Taylor was taken to the PCSO Detention Facility (via UAMS for treatment on his rib injury) where he was charged on five felony counts related to discharging the gun.
"The 33-4-1 boxer was also charged on three felony counts for "endangering the welfare of a minor and one misdemeanour count of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana)."
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A mug shot showing Jermain Taylor has since emerged on social media.
It is believed that Taylor is currently awaiting a bail hearing.
As alluded to earlier, Jermain Taylor's February title fight against Mora was already likely to be called off after the fighter broke a rib in a sparring session last week but his promoter, Lou DiBella, acknowledged today that the arrest only adds to the issues currently outstanding for his client.
"His fight on Feb. 6 was going to be canceled due to a legitimate injury, a rib fracture, but this obviously is a shocking development no matter what the exact details are, and it leads myself and his management [Al Haymon] to be more concerned with his well being, his mental health and his future than his boxing career."
In lew of the current situation there is no plan at present to reschedule Taylor's fight vs Mora.
Ongoing legal issues
Jermain Taylor is already facing a slew of charges dating from an altercation of August 26, 2014.
The 36-year-old is alleged to have shot his cousin multiple times while firing at, but missing, another individual. Taylor pleaded not guilty in December but, with a trial date set for June, he is facing "first-degree battery and first-degree terroristic threatening" with a maximum punishment if convicted standing at 26 years.
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