Shannon Taylor, at the Tweed PCYC, is looking to re-ignite his career.
Shannon Taylor, at the Tweed PCYC, is looking to re-ignite his career.

Taylor's future on line

TOUTED as “make or break” time for the “Bulli Blaster”, Shannan Taylor’s highly anticipated clash with Les Sherrington at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on Friday, November 27 promises to be a bell-ringer.

They are Australia’s two world-rated super-middleweights – Taylor ranked No.12 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and Sherrington No.15 by the World Boxing Association (WBA).

Both have had their hands raised following epic title fights; Taylor as a two-time WBF world champion, and Sherrington as the current Pan Asian Boxing Association champion.

And each possesses devastating knockout power; Taylor boasting 35 KOs, and Sherrington 15.

However, where the pair differs is in age and experience.

Taylor (49-7-3) is the veteran of the match-up, a perennial top-10 contender who is hungry not only to win a third world championship but to reignite his career after pushing Anthony Mundine over 12 rounds in February.

The 37-year-old has fought the very best fighters in the world over the past 15 years and knocked out six world champions.

“The older you get, the smarter you get,” Taylor said.

“I know what I have to do, so I’ve been training really hard and had plenty of good sparring sessions.

“I’ve fought the best in the world and can last the distance with anyone, but I’m confident of knocking him out.

“People are saying this fight is make or break for me, but I feel rejuvenated after the Mundine fight, and after I have Les I would love another crack at him, Danny Geale or even Danny Green.”

However the statistics don’t phase Gold Coaster Sherrington (24-5).

The 27-year-old is riding a five-fight winning streak since a loss for this same title in South Africa 18 months ago, accounting for Taylor protégé Joel Burke in Townsville along the way.

“I just want to keep doing what I’m doing,” Sherrington said.

“Shannon will try and rough me up, but I’ll stick to my game plan and box him.

“Shannon will be my biggest scalp of the year when I beat him.

“We’re both good friends, but that is out the window until this fight is over.”

In exciting under-card bouts, Tweed PCYC light-heavy- weight Trevor Jacky touches gloves with Brisbane’s Brian Matchett, while stablemate Casey Hannan looks to unleash a cyclone on Australian No.10 welterweight Alex Ahtong.

In a highly anticipated rematch, world No.14 heavyweight Alex Leapai will trade blows with Japan’s Masataka Takehara, who held the big-punching Leapai to a draw in July, while Queensland light middleweight champion Matt Burns faces current state champion Andrew Gosden.

Also on the card, local super welterweight Nick Svidas goes at it against veteran George Livaditas, and former NBL star John Szigeti returns against NSW’s nationally rated Steve Cappiara.
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