Taylor was set to pull out of upcoming fight due to injury too…
Middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor has been arrested and faces numerous charges as his title defense against Sergio Mora has been cancelled.
The 36-year-old is accused of pointing a gun at a man’s head, firing the weapon in the air and then pistol-whipping him while also pointing the firearm at his wife and children.
It is understood that Thelton Smith and his family were looking at Taylor’s championship belt on Monday on the street before they dropped it. Smith said Taylor blamed his son for it and proceeded to taking the gun out.
According to reports, police also found a small amount of marijuana in his possession along with the gun and so Taylor was immediately charged with five counts of aggravated assault, three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and possession of marijuana.
Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KOs) already faces two felony charges dating back to an incident in August in which police said he shot his cousin. Taylor was arrested and charged with first-degree domestic battery and aggravated assault in that incident and while he did plead not guilty, he faces up to 26 years in prison if convicted.
The American had been scheduled to face Mora on February 6 but that fight has now been cancelled as it was revealed earlier that Taylor had suffered a fractured rib which would have forced him to miss the bout anyway.
However, his troubles with the law continue and it could well spell the end of his career if he is found guilty of all the above charges with Mora now forced to consider his options and find a new opponent for next month.
“We learned a few days ago that Jermain suffered a rib injury in sparring, and we were getting another opinion and seeing how Jermain felt, and then this incident happened,” his promoter Lou DiBella told ESPN.com.
“His fight on Feb. 6 was going to be canceled due to a legitimate injury, a rib fracture, but this obviously is a shocking development no matter what the exact details are, and it leads myself and his management [Al Haymon] to be more concerned with his well being, his mental health and his future than his boxing career.
“Right now there aren’t any plans to reschedule anything or think about his future in the ring until the events surrounding his legal issues are dealt with.”