Bernard Taylor (boxer)
|Real name||Bernard Taylor|
|Nickname(s)||The B.T. Express|
|Weight(s)||Featherweight (126 lb)
Super featherweight (130 lb)
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Reach||69 in (175 cm)|
|Born||June 26, 1957|
|Wins by KO||22|
Taylor had an incredible career as an amateur boxer, compiling a record of 481-8. Taylor qualified for the 1980 U.S. Olympic team but was unable to compete due to the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott. In 2007, he received one of 461 Congressional Gold Medals created especially for the spurned athletes.
- 1972 National Junior Olympics Light Flyweight champion
- 1976 National AAU Bantamweight champion
- 1976 National Golden Gloves Bantamweight champion
- 1977 National Golden Gloves Featherweight champion
- 1978 National Golden Gloves Featherweight champion
- 1979 National AAU Featherweight champion
- 1980 National Golden Gloves Featherweight champion.
Taylor turned pro in 1980 and was undefeated in 18 fights when he was given a shot at Panama's Eusebio Pedroza for the W.B.A. featherweight championship of the world. The fight took place in Taylor's hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina in October 1982. After building a lead in the first ten rounds of the fight, Taylor faded down the stretch and had to settle for a draw. 3 years later, Taylor was still undefeated in 34 fights (33-0-1) when he was given another shot at the WBA featherweight championship. This time, the champion was Ireland's Barry McGuigan, who had dethroned Pedroza 3 months earlier. Taylor failed to come out for the 8th round, and lost via TKO. After several years and a couple of lengthy layoffs, Taylor earned a 3rd opportunity at a world championship against IBF junior lightweight champion John John Molina in 1993. Taylor again came up short via TKO in the 8th round. He retired following a loss in his next bout in 1994. Taylor did manage to win the NABF featherweight and the USBA junior lightweight titles, coming from behind to stop Calvin Grove in the latter fight.
|USBA Super Featherweight Champion
February 8, 1990 - February 20, 1994
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