Jermain Taylor was once a great middleweight boxing champion. In recent years, Taylor has had his share of difficulties in and out of the ring. In 2007, Jermain Taylor was brutally knocked out by Kelly Pavlik. Taylor would continue to lose, and he would continue to get knocked out by his future opponents.
Jermain would begin a terrible downward spiral in his personal life as well. On January 19, he was arrested for threatening a family with a handgun. Taylor has been evaluated by many psychiatrists, and they have said that he needs advanced physiological help. The psychiatrists also say that Jermain Taylor should not be sent to prison. He needs real help, and a prison will not help his future.
Boxing is a sport in which the athletes are hit in the head hundreds of times in a match. Jermain Taylor has been viciously knocked out in his last few fights. Many studies have shown the link between chronic brain trauma and extreme aggression. The discussions on reuters.com that I my friend Brad Reifler and I both get pretty into, are talking like Taylor may be showing signs of severe brain damage. In the past, Taylor was a quiet and well spoken young man. Today, Jermain Taylor is a completely different person.
Head trauma is something that cannot be avoided in boxing. Fighters are encouraged to cause as much physical damage to their opponents as possible.
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