In TV bout, Taylor ready to put on show

Edgewood fighter gets Contender's Kaddour

Boxing

July 22, 2005|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Despite his early exit, Ahmed Kaddour was among the more popular fighters on the reality television boxing series The Contender. And tonight, at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif., Kaddour returns to television, ending a 10-month layoff since losing two straight bouts on the show.

In a junior middleweight (154 pounds) bout against Edgewood's Maxell Taylor (12-1, five knockouts) to be televised on Showtime's Showbox: The Next Generation, Kaddour (18-2, nine KOs) will become the first fighter from the show to return to action.

Taylor, 20, predicts Kaddour, 23, will become the first one to lose an off-the-show fight.

"I consider this a big step up for me, being on Showtime, but not in the fact that I'm fighting [Kaddour,]" said Taylor, who is coming off a May 7 second-round knockout of Calvin Shakir in Glen Burnie. "I never even heard of this guy before The Contender. If he was any good, he would have won [The Contender.]"

Managed by Felix Dialoiso and trained locally by David Sewell, Taylor also has spent much of his past eight months training in Newark, N.J., under Tommy Brooks and Lou Duva, who, between them, have worked with former world champions Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Pernell Whitaker and Meldrick Taylor.

A left-handed fighter with a nine-fight winning streak, Taylor credits Brooks with helping him to "sit down on my punches," resulting in two straight knockouts.

Taylor's only previous national television appearance was on ESPN, when he beat Clarence Taylor by decision over four rounds.

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