SYDNEY-Jermain Taylor's gold medal hopes were derailed Friday night when he ran into a buzzsaw from Kazakhstan. He lost 29-14 and the fight was stopped in the fourth round because the point differential reached 15. Taylor, of Little Rock, Ark., won the bronze medal.
"I just wasn't able to get off tonight," admitted Taylor, a light middleweight. "I could have done a lot more here tonight. I am disappointed in my performance and wish that I would have been able to start sooner. But it is too late for that now, and I am happy that I am able to walk away with at least a bronze medal. There are a lot of people here that are walking away with nothing." Taylor lost to Yermakahn Ibraimov, a 1996 Olympic bronze medalist, the silver medalist at the 1997 world championships, and a bronze medalist at the 1999 world championships. Taylor never seemed able to figure out the left hander who kept him off balance throughout the match.
The score was tied after the first round, but Ibraimov piled up huge point totals in the second and third round. Taylor said he will return home to rest for a couple of weeks and then turn professional.
Featherweight Ricardo Juarez of Houston, Texas, and light welterweight Ricardo Williams, Jr. of Cincinnati, Ohio, won in spectacular fashion to advance themselves onto the gold medal rounds on Sunday.