Apparently Taylor was damaged goods coming into the fight and Abraham pounded the remaining scraps of his career further into the ground.
As usual Arthur began slowly but came on as the fight progressed. He almost ended it in the ninth after landing a hard right to the jaw but Taylor survived. Then, in a near replay of his last fight versus Carl Froch, Taylor was knocked out in the final seconds of the bout. Only this time a single right hand bomb from Abraham sent him to sleep with his arms extended in the air.
According to Taylor’s promoter Lou DiBella, Taylor will remain in the hospital in Berlin for several more days.
“He has a severe concussion,” DiBella said. “He also had some short-term memory loss, and in the interest of being completely safe and overly safe, he’ll be in the hospital probably for several days. They believe the area of his head that was hurting him was from his head hitting the canvas. He’ll be in Berlin for another week because the doctors didn’t want him to fly, but his wife and his mother are with him.”
DiBella said when they were in the dressing room after the fight, Taylor asked him what round he was knocked out in. DiBella told him, but Taylor asked him again a few minutes later. And then, according to DiBella, Taylor asked his wife the same question twice because he could not recall which round he had been stopped in.
Hopefully Jermain will make a full recovery.
In the second bout of the Super Middleweight Tournament, Carl Froch won a disputed split decision over Andre Dirrell.
Dirrell used his superior speed to get in and get out against Froch. He landed more blows and even hurt Froch late in the bout, however at least half of the rounds were very close and the judges gave those to the champion. Dirrell was also penalized a point in the tenth round for holding however it did not affect the outcome of the bout.
Fight Report scored the bout 115-112 for Dirrell but the judges had it 114-113 for Dirrell and 115-112 twice for Froch.
The final bout in the opening stage of the tournament will take place on November 21st, in Oakland, CA between Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler. Stage two and three matches are as follows:
Andre Dirrell vs Arthur Abraham
Mikkel Kessler vs Carl Froch
Jermain Taylor vs Andre Ward
Andre Dirrell vs Andre Ward
Carl Froch vs Arthur Abraham
Mikkel Kessler vs Jermain Taylor
After the three stages are complete, the four boxers with the most points will compete in a single-elimination tournament to determine the winner. Points in the first three stages are awarded as follows:
Win = 2 points
Draw = 1 point
Loss = 0 points
KO = 1 bonus point
Current Standings (#s in parenthesis = max # of pts the fighter can score)
Arthur Abraham: 3 (9)
Carl Froch: 2 (8)
Jermain Taylor: 0 (6)
Andre Dirrell: 0 (6)
Mikkel Kessler: 0 (9)
Andre Ward: 0 (9)