Boxing: Emanuel Taylor

Taylor tangles with unbeaten Algieri on FNF

February, 13, 2014
Feb 13
A pair of promising junior welterweights take center stage when unbeaten Chris Algieri faces Emanuel Taylor in a 10-round junior welterweight bout headlining ESPN's "Friday Night Fights."

Algieri (18-0, 8 KOs), 29, will be fighting in his backyard of Huntington, N.Y., when he faces Taylor (17-1, 12 KOs) at The Paramount.

The "Pride Of Huntington" enters the bout having won three fights in 2013, highlighted by a thrilling decision over previously undefeated prospect Jose Peralta in February and a victory over former world title contender Mike Arnaoutis in July. A former kickboxing world champion who didn't have an amateur career, Algieri made his professional boxing debut at the age of 23.

Taylor, 23, turned pro in 2009 after a strong amateur career. The native of Baltimore is a five-time national junior Golden Gloves champion and a three-time national PAL champion with an amateur record of 186-26.

He enters Friday's bout on a three-fight win streak, with the last coming in March 2013 by TKO against Victor Cayo. In his previous bout, Taylor knocked out Raymond Serrano last January.

Algieri previously trained at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, Calif., where he sparred with numerous top fighters including Marcos Maidana, Josesito Lopez and Brandon Rios. He prepared for Friday's bout in Las Vegas, where his trainer, Tim Lane, is based. Algieri, a med student with a master's degree in nutrition, is confident yet fully aware of the danger posed by Taylor.

"I think Emanuel Taylor is a good fighter, a strong and tough guy who, like me, is hungry to continue growing," Algieri said. "It will be an attractive fight and I'm sure the fans will enjoy it."

Algieri is smart to take his opponent seriously. Taylor, who has been busy studying video of Algieri, is a strong puncher with good experience despite his age.

"Algieri is in good shape, throws a lot of punches per assault and keeps busy," Taylor said. "But I will go in and do what I do best. I will use the jab. I'll put pressure on him and that pressure will help me win the fight."

The matchup, at least on paper, appears to be very balanced between two fighters in their prime. Even Algieri's 3-inch height advantage doesn't appear likely to bother Taylor.

Algieri looks to work off of his jab and make an impact with punches from the outside. Taylor, meanwhile, relies more on the strength of his puncher power with both hands. He doesn't rely on movement nearly as much as Algieri, but stays aggressive on the inside by landing hard combinations.

In the co-feature, Issouf Kinda (16-1, 6 KOs) and Jeremy Bryan (16-3, 7 KOs) will face off in an eight-round junior welterweight bout. Kinda, who was born in Burkina Faso and lives in New York, had a strong amateur career in Africa. His future looks bright in the division as he looks to rebound from his first loss last May when an injury to his left eye from a head-butt brought an early end to his bout with Chris Howard.

Cayo-Taylor should make for style skirmish

March, 7, 2013

Expect an explosive clash of styles when junior welterweights Victor Cayo and Emanuel Taylor meet in Atlantic City, N.J., on this week's "Friday Night Fights" (ESPN/ESPN Deportes/WatchESPN, 10 p.m. ET).

Cayo, of the Dominican Republic, is a veteran whose only losses have come against world champions (Lamont Peterson, Nate Campbell and Marcos Maidana). Taylor, nicknamed "Transformer," is a promising fighter who thus far has no big names on his résumé. Taylor is fighting in the main event of a nationally televised card for the first time in his career, and he'll do so against a qualified opponent.

"Victor Cayo is a very good fighter, but I'm sticking with my style -- I'm going all out," Taylor said. "I am a boxer and a puncher. I love to walk people down, but if need be, I can box as well."

Taylor (16-1, 11 KOs) is an aggressive, frontal fighter who likes to take the center of the ring early, imposing his rhythm and using a strategy similar to that exhibited by Peterson when he stopped Cayo in 2011. Taylor most recently was in action in January, when he scored a sixth-round TKO against the promising Raymond Serrano.

Cayo (31-3, 22 KOs) -- quick, fast on his feet and supremely technical -- has won his past four fights, three by stoppage, since being stopped by Campbell last March. Cayo figures to stay on the move and try to impose his jab and land double combinations against Taylor.

"We studied Victor and we saw he throws a lot of punches," Taylor said. "He puts combinations together very well. That's what makes me train harder: I know he is going to be prepared."

Cayo needs to avoid short-range exchanges and Taylor's counterpunching, one of the youngster's best assets. It was counter shots that Taylor used to open up Serrano before demolishing him with powerful combinations on the ropes until the referee stopped the bout.

"There are several flaws in Victor's style," Taylor said. "He keeps his hands down, he leans forward when he's trying to rest. But he's very deceptive; he throws punches from difficult angles. I think my defense is pretty tight. It will need to be against Victor."

A more objective observer might kindly comment that Taylor's defense needs work. He properly protects his left side too infrequently, either holding his arm too low or seeking to elude punches by rolling his shoulder Floyd Mayweather Jr.-style. Against Cayo -- a faster fighter who throws lots of straight punches and volleys with his right hand -- that style spells trouble.

And although Taylor typically throws very little at his opponent's midsection, body punching should be on the menu against Cayo. In 2010, Maidana used his powerful hooks to the liver to neutralize Cayo's speed before knocking him out.

In the co-main event, Russia's undefeated heavyweight prospect and knockout artist Magomed "Mago" Abdusalamov (16-0, 16 KOs) defends his regional heavyweight belt against former Puerto Rican Olympian Victor Bisbal (21-1, 15 KOs). Abdusalamov, now living in Oxnard, Calif., has won all his fights by KO -- none of them going beyond the fourth round. Bisbal is coming off two straight knockout wins.