In a short, disturbing video posted to Facebook, former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor is shown playing drums, singing country music, and shooting off a gun– despite his recent arrest for shooting a cousin and a pending court date stemming from that incident. He’s also shown saying, “I’ll never lose to another white boy,” in reference to this coming Wednesday’s bout against defending IBF middleweight champ, Sam Soliman. At the closing of the video, Taylor tells the camera: “Fuck You, God Bless You.”
It’s currently unclear as to when the video was actually recorded, but the best guess is that it had to be put together fairly recently.
Taylor, the one-time undisputed middleweight champ, will take on Soliman in a bid to reclaim a part of the middleweight title. The fighter from Arkansas was forced into retirement for showing signs of bleeding on the brain following a twelfth round knockout at the hands of Arthur Abraham in 2009. Taylor was gone from the sport for more than two full years after the Abraham loss, but is 4-0 since returning to the ring in 2011.