Taylor has reason to hold his head up

Jermain Taylor came up short against Kelly Pavlik -- again. He also had to hear the music for some questionable decisions he made prior to the rematch. Big deal. Taylor came away with a moral victory on Saturday night -- and pumped new life into his once sagging career.

Originally Published: February 17, 2008
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- In the ring after Jermain Taylor's seventh-round knockout loss to Kelly Pavlik in September, the deposed middleweight champion insisted he would exercise his contractual option for an immediate rematch. A few weeks later, he made it official.

People within his own inner circle were unhappy with the decision. They would have preferred he take an easier confidence-builder first.

That decision also was questioned hard by the media.

Then trainer Emanuel Steward ...

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