Story: Robert Uzzell
The International Boxing Federation (IBF) has stripped Jermain Taylor of their middleweight championship. Taylor’s mandatory challenger, Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam will now square off with the highest ranked fighter available for the vacant title.
Felix Sturm is the highest rated contender and will (should) get the first offer at a titlre shot. If Plan A fails, then Billy Joe Saunders and David Lemieux would be the next options, respectively.
Oddly enough, Sturm last fought at super middleweight against Robert Stieglitz in November 2014. Prior to that he lost the IBF title to Sam Soliman, after winning it the fight before against Darren Barker.
N’Dam N’Jikam is known by American fans as the guy who sufffered six knockdowns to Peter Quillin in as competitive a fight as one can have facing those circumstances. He’s won four straight, including a big win over Curtis Stevens to get into his current position.
Taylor is currently facing serious gun-related charges for two incidents in the past few months. First he allegedely shot his cousin in his home. Taylor posted bail and was scheduled to defend against Sergio Mora. Then Taylor allegedly pulled a gun on a family after a child dropped his championship belt at the Martin Luther King Day parade.
A judge revoked Taylor’s bail and he’s currently undergoing mental evaluation at a state hospital.
I’d like to see N’Dam N’Jikam face Lemieux. That would be explosive. Stay tuned…