April 11, 2000 |
Meldrick Taylor, the Olympic gold medalist boxer turned preacher, was arrested Sunday and charged with attempted rape, indecent assault and related offenses, police said. The 33-year-old former IBF junior welterweight champ is accused of attacking a female, said Lt. Susan Slawson, a police spokeswoman. "The female is known to the suspect," police said. Authorities would not divulge any further details about the assault. Taylor - a Philadelphia native who won the gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, but has seen his career flounder in the '90s and is now a minister - is being held pending a bail hearing.
July 12, 1987 |
It was a fight in which the analysts in the corner threatened to overshadow the fighters in the ring. After all, on one side were the best minds in the game, Angelo Dundee and Eddie Futch. And on the other side were Lou Duva and George Benton, who have trained their share of champions. So the real fight, some observers believed, would be between the guys who did not even have to put on the boxing gloves. Well, it was a good fight, all right - in the ring more so than in the corners.
November 27, 1996 |
Former Olympic and two-time world champion Meldrick Taylor, fighting for the first time at the Blue Horizon in North Philadelphia, got more than he bargained for last night. Facing little-known Darren Maciunski of Trenton, who'd had only 15 career pro fights, Taylor, of Philadelphia, lost a split decision that came as no surprise to anybody who saw the 10-round welterweight fight. Maciunski, who at 5-foot-11 had about a six-inch height advantage on Taylor, carried the fight to the former champ and left him bleeding from the mouth and left eye. The fight was scored 96-95 in favor of Maciunski by judge Bob Katz.
January 30, 2001 |
Former welterweight boxing champ Meldrick Taylor says he's got a fight scheduled in Europe in March. But the 34-year-old Taylor might not be able to get out of the house. Common Pleas Judge Lynn Bennett Hamlin yesterday approved a plea-bargain and sentenced Taylor to 9 to 23 months of house-arrest, plus three years' probation, after he pleaded guilty to indecent assault and unlawful restraint charges. Taylor, of Shedaker Street, was also ordered to perform 40 hours of community service for his offenses against his ex-fiancee on April 9, 2000.
June 21, 2000 |
The prosecution wanted the judge to deliver a legal knockout to former welterweight boxing champ Meldrick Taylor. Yesterday, Municipal Judge James M. DeLeon jolted Taylor by holding him for trial on charges of trying to rape his 28-year-old ex-fiancee on April 9. "He is in shock," said defense lawyer Frank M. Spina. Taylor, 33, was held on charges of attempted rape, indecent assault, sexual assault and unlawful restraint. DeLeon dismissed charges of simple assault, false imprisonment, attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and reckless endangerment.
January 30, 1991 |
Practically raised in Philadelphia gyms, Meldrick Taylor was throwing left hooks when other kids were throwing baseballs. But he has fought in his home town only once as a pro, and that was in a non-title fight. Now he wants to fight here again. As a champion. In the summer. At the Spectrum. "I think it would be great for the fans," said Taylor, who captured the World Boxing Association welterweight title with a unanimous decision over Aaron Davis on Jan. 19. "I would like to become part of the great legacy of fighters who have fought here - Matthew Saad Muhammad, Bennie Briscoe, Marvelous Marvin Hagler.
March 8, 1990 |
Meldrick Taylor has spent much of his life in dogged pursuit of his dreams, so perhaps he can be excused for allowing himself just the tiniest bit of whimsy. "Do you suppose," the International Boxing Federation junior welterweight champion was saying recently, "they would consider putting a statue of me on the steps of the Art Museum after I beat Chavez?" Taylor, who is in Las Vegas preparing for his March 17 unification bout against World Boxing Council super-lightweight titlist Julio Cesar Chavez, laughed at the absurdity of the notion.
May 30, 1991 |
Like spit buckets and left hooks to the liver, dishonesty is part of boxing. And it is not confined to the managers, promoters and other suits who count - and take - the money. No, sometimes the boxers themselves are less than honest, as when they claim that they have never - ever - gone 12 tough rounds with self-doubt. And then there is Meldrick Taylor, a boxer who has become confident enough to talk about those rare moments when his confidence fails him. "Sometimes, you doubt yourself, because you never know what's going to happen in the ring, no matter who the opponent is," said Taylor, 24, the 1984 Olympic gold medalist from Philadelphia.
April 19, 2000 |
Former welterweight boxing champ Meldrick Taylor had a mouthpiece problem yesterday. Two lawyers wound up sparring over his representation. Both told Municipal Judge Georganne V. Daher that they were in Taylor's corner, and had been hired to represent him in his fight against charges that he tried to rape the mother of two of his children. Taylor, 33, never got out of his corner for his scheduled preliminary hearing. He was kept in a holding cell next to Daher's courtroom while attorneys Larry Charles and Frank Spina did their legal shadow-boxing.
September 21, 1988 |
Meldrick Taylor won the junior-welterweight title on Sept. 3, and the three-week vacation he gave himself afterward is almost over. He cannot wait. A few more days - just a few more days, he keeps telling himself - and he will be back in the gym. Then he will punish his body in a way that his opponents rarely, if ever, get the chance to. "I told myself I'd take three weeks off, and that's it," said Taylor, the Philadelphia native who won a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics.