New Pan Asia Boxing
Association middleweight champion Shannan Taylor has his sights set
on challenging Germany's Felix Sturm for the World Boxing
Association world title.
Taylor knocked out West
Australian-based Indonesian Andreas Seran in the eighth round of a
gruelling bout for the vacant PABA belt on the Gold Coast last
In his 55th professional
fight, Taylor's experience prevailed in a tight, tiring contest
which puts him in the WBA's top 15.
Taylor, 36, fought a lot
on the defensive, utilising counter-punching maneuvres as Seran
continually took the fight up to the "Bulli Blaster", who relied on
his superior boxing skills for his point-scoring in an
In the eighth round,
Seran pinned Taylor on the ropes as he had done for much of the
bout, but Taylor was absorbing a lot of the punches on his gloves
and arms - although quite a few were getting through - while also
countering in close with blows of his own.
He punctuated the fight
with glimpses of the Taylor of old and in the eighth he unleashed a
couple of savage right-hand upper cuts which felled his opponent,
who could not beat the count.
clarified that at the end of the seventh round, he was concerned
about his bruised hip, but at the urging of cornermen Brad Gallagher
and his father Steve said he had no intention of quitting.
"I'm fighting for my kids
Nathalia, Rush and Chase. My kids are my life and boxing is the way
for me to provide for my kids," Taylor said.
"I had prepared for a 12
rounder and was fighting accordingly.
"He (Seran) wasn't a
heavy puncher, but he was a solid puncher.
"He knocked down Jamie
Pittman (who went on to challenge Sturm for his world title) and he
knocked out Sam Setu in one round, so I knew he was going to be a
"I was flat in the fight.
I was boxing all right - no excuses - but I felt flat."
Some out of the ring
tactics by Seran's trainer, Craig Christian, also unsettled Taylor
going into the fight.
"The night before the
fight, he (Christian) was on the buzzer of the place where I was
staying every hour up to 4 o'clock," Taylor said.
"And on the day of the
fight I was trying to have a nap at 3 o'clock and he was continually
bipping the buzzer again.
"I understand he has to
look after his fighter, but it was a bit rich to do that because he
is supposed to be a friend."
The two times former
World Boxing Foundation world titleholder is now a record
three-times PABA champion and promoters Jamie Myer and Noel
Thornberry are both looking to set up a showdown with Sturm.
"I'll keep soldiering
on," Taylor said.
"I'm a warrior."