Carl Froch vs Jermain Taylor – Highlights (Continents COLLIDE)

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April 25th, 2009. “Continents Collide” was a spectacular world title fight between former Undisputed World Middleweight Champion Jermain Taylor and undefeated WBC World Super Middleweight Champion, “The Cobra” Carl Froch from the United Kingdom.

This was Froch’s second fight in the United States and the first defense of his WBC Crown. As for Taylor, this was his second fight at 168 pounds and his first world title opportunity at Super Middleweight.

Prefight records; Froch 24(19)-0, Taylor 28(17)-2-1.

In September 2007, Taylor lost his WBC, WBO & The Ring Middleweight Titles to Kelly Pavlik via TKO7.

Both fighters rematched a few months later and Taylor was defeated again, this time via UD12. No titles were on the line as Pavlik exercised a non title rematch clause.

After back to back losses to Pavlik, Taylor moved up to 168 pounds to challenge former IBF World Super Middleweight Champion Jeff Lacy in a WBC World Super Middleweight Title Eliminator and won a decision after 12 rounds.

With that victory, Taylor will take on the winner of Carl Froch vs Jean Pascal who will be competing for the vacant WBC Crown.

In December 2008, Carl Froch and Jean Pascal fought through 12 hard rounds and after a 36 minute warfare Froch became the new WBC World Super Middleweight Champion. For his first defense, he will cross over to the United States to take on the No. 1 ranked WBC Super Middleweight contender, Jermain Taylor aka “Bad Intentions”.

Entering the bout, Taylor had notable wins over Cory Spinks, Jeff Lacy, Kassim Ouma, Raul Marquez, William Joppy & Bernard Hopkins (2x). On the other hand, Froch had beaten commendable oppositions in Brian Magee, Robin Reid & Jean Pascal.

In the early to middle portion of the fight, Taylor who had more experience at top level did the better overall work by dictating the tempo with his jab and connected at a higher output.

In the 3rd frame, Froch went down for the first time in his career courtesy of 2 hard right hands.

Taylor continued to resume control throughout the bout but after the midway point, Froch found his rhythm and established his jab to come back stronger. However, Taylor was still the more effective fighter.

After the 11th,, Taylor was ahead 106-102 in 2 of the judges’ scorecards and 3 minutes away from becoming a 2 weight world champion while Froch was in apparent danger of losing his title.

But in a stunning turn of the tides, Froch rallied to wobble Taylor and decked him with strings of relentless punishment at the 2.15 mark of the final round. The battered challenger rose to his feet in a tremendous display of courage.

The Cobra wasted no time going for the kill; stinging Taylor with venomous shots after shots to stop him on the ropes with 14 seconds left to the final bell.

This was a truly defining victory for Carl Froch as he made a huge statement in the United States by scoring one of the most memorable knockout wins from behind the scorecards in the last decade.

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Keep punching, guys.

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