After 26 months away from the ring, former middleweight world titlist Jermain Taylor (29-4-1, 19 KOs) stopped overmatched Maryland club fighter Jessie Nicklow (22-3-3, 8 KOs) on Friday in the eighth round of their scheduled 10.
Taylor dominated throughout and performed as expected against a fighter whose greatest claim to fame is "looking tough" in a TKO 4 loss to Fernando Guerrero in 2009. It's hard to assess whether Taylor is anything close to the fighter he was as undisputed middleweight champ or, for that matter, if he's the same fighter that he was prior to being brutally knocked out by Arthur Abraham in his last bout.
With Taylor doing pretty much what he wanted, whenever he wanted, the only real intrigue of the bout came in the sixth, when Taylor had a point deducted for hitting after the bell. Other than that, it was smooth sailing for the Arkansas native.
Kudos to referee Ray Corona for saving everyone six minutes of life by stopping the fight prematurely in the eighth r...