Dan Rafael is reporting that Jermain Taylor was taken to the hospital with a concussion and short term memory loss. Taylor has now suffered bad knockouts in 3 of his last 5 fights. Allan Green get ready. Your services are going to be needed.
I'll be surprised if Taylor finishes the tournament. If he still has his money, there is no reason for him to fight again. He had a career he can be more than proud of. But he's clearly on the downswing and the likelihood of him getting hurt again has increased substantially.
As far as Dirrell - Froch, I recorded it because I was out to dinner with friends. With 30 seconds to go in the 12th, my DVR stopped recording. I almost screamed at the TV, but it was 1:15 in the a.m. and if I woke the kids, I'd have had a worse night than Jermain.
Luckily Fightnews was on the job. Unfortunately the judges in England weren't. There is no way Carl Froch won 7 rounds of that fight. Dirrell didn't do himself any favors with all of the holding, but you can't convince me that Froch was more effective in 7 rounds of that fight.
When Dirrell was on the show last week, he said he could win a decision in England. He was wrong. He got screwed and so did I as I had Dirrell +145.
Reminder -- next week we'll be running a Best of Through the Ropes as I'll be on the road ring announcing ShoBox. Tune in to Showtime Friday night and Ropes will be back on the 30th.