ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Meldrick Taylor was seconds away from winning, in fine fashion, his second world title, and the boos were cascading down from the 2,000 fans in the Atlantic City Convention Center. What's wrong with this picture?
From Taylor's viewpoint, nothing. He literally ran off with Aaron Davis' World Boxing Association welterweight title Saturday night, and nothing -- not the catcalls of the crowd nor the exhortations of referee Arthur Mercante that he mix it up -- was going to tempt Taylor into repeating the mistake that cost him his watershed fight with Julio Cesar Chavez last March.
"If I had gone out there and fought [the 12th round], I would have fought a dumb fight," said Taylor, who won his second fight since that heart-stopping TKO loss to Chavez that came with two seconds left in the 12-round bout. "There wasn't no [repetition] of the Chavez fight. I had won 11 rounds. Why fight stupid in the last round?"