Steward embraces task to prepare Taylor vs. Wright

Emanuel Steward, who has replaced Pat Burns as Jermain Taylor's trainer, sees Taylor's potential and is preparing him for a challenging title defense vs. Winky Wright, Dan Rafael writes.

Originally Published: June 16, 2006
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward vividly remembers the first time he met Jermain Taylor.



Steward was in Las Vegas for a major fight in 2001. Taylor, who had recently turned pro following his bronze medal-winning performance in the 2000 Olympics, was in the dressing room warming up for one of his early pro bouts on the undercard when a mutual friend introduced them.

What Steward saw made an impression on him.

"I looked ...

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