Meldrick Taylor Biography
Philadelphia police say the retired fighter pulled a gun on a man and then barricaded himself inside his apartment for 90 minutes
Meldrick Taylor (born October 19, 1966) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1984 to 2002. He is a two-weight world champion, having held the IBF junior welterweight title from 1988 to 1990, and the WBA welterweight title from 1991 to 1992. As an amateur, Taylor won a gold medal in the featherweight division at the 1984 Summer Olympics.
heartbreaking… Meldrick Taylor arrested on aggravated assault charges after standoff with police https://t.co/iIE9XTA0Ix
— emily (@emmzzerr) June 5, 2019
Taylor, one of many boxing champions hailing from the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, learned his craft in the gyms of his hometown and posted a 99-4 record as an amateur fighter. In 1984, Taylor earned a spot on the 1984 U.S. Olympic team at the age of 17, and claimed the gold medal in the featherweight division. Following his victory, he joined the professional ranks.
His early fights were against nondescript journeymen, but in his 12th fight, in May 1986, Taylor won a unanimous decision against fellow contender Harold Brazier and moved into the world rankings. On September 3, 1988, Taylor faced James (Buddy) McGirt for the IBF light welterweight title. He defeated McGirt by a technical knockout (TKO) in the 12th and final round to begin his first title reign.
Boxing Champion Charged with Strawberry Mansion Assault
‘I Ain’t Coming Out’: Ex-Champ Boxer Meldrick Taylor Faces Charges After Armed Standoff With Philadelphia Police | NBC 10 Philadelphia https://t.co/9cbPu5Pdp8
— Jeanne Lookabill (@atasteofcreole) June 4, 2019
Taylor, 52, allegedly pulled a gun on a 26-year-old man and tried to evict him from his apartment in Taylor’s two-story brick row home.
Police were called and Taylor refused to leave his apartment, resulting in a 90-minute standoff with police.
“I ain’t coming out,” he screamed, police told NBC Philadelphia.
Taylor eventually surrendered to SWAT officers and taken into custody.
Taylor was a boxing prodigy in the 1980s, winning a gold medal in the featherweight division in the 1984 Summer Olympics when he was just 17 years old. He went on to win the IBF junior welterweight title and later the WBA welterweight title.
Meldrick Taylor Attempted to Evict His Tenant With a Gun, Police Say
Breaks my heart.
Police say the incident began when Taylor tried to evict a tenant from his two-story home in Philadelphia.
Police say the 26-year-old male tenant and a friend came home at around 11 pm Monday.
The man told police that Taylor immediately opened his door and told him he needed to vacate the property by the following morning.
The tenant explained that he had to get 30-days notice prior to eviction, he told police.
Taylor then pulled out a silver revolver and pointed it toward the man, police said.
Taylor Was Arrested by SWAT Officers After Armed Standoff
Police officers and a SWAT team responded to the call.
Taylor refused to leave his apartment, leading to a 90-minute standoff with the officers.
Taylor eventually surrendered to SWAT officers. Police said he was arrested without any further incident.
Taylor Was an Olympic Gold Medalist and World Boxing Champ
Life is hard and full of obstacles. This story illustrates the point that no matter how famous you may be or how much money you have, you can lose it all in the blink of an eye of Father Time. I hope #MeldrickTaylor gets the help he needs. @EdLatimore https://t.co/ArL0EvwUki
— Matthew Betley (@MatthewBetley) June 4, 2019
Taylor, now 52, was one of the brightest stars in boxing when he won a gold medal in the featherweight division in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles at the age of 17.
After turning pro, Taylor won the IBF junior welterweight title in 1988 and held it until 1990.
He later went on to win the WBA welterweight title in 1991.
He retired in 2002 with a record of 38-8-1.
Taylor Has Multiple Past Convictions
Monday’s arrest was not Taylor’s first.
In 1998, Taylor pleaded guilty to insurance fraud after he claimed that his $84,000 Mercedes convertible had been stolen four years earlier, The Associated Press reported. Taylor was working as a minister at a Cheltenham church called the University of Practical Knowledge at the time, The AP reported.
In 2000, Taylor pleaded guilty to indecent assault and unlawful restraint after he was charged with attempted rape. He was sentenced to at least 23 months of house arrest and three years of probation, ESPN reported.
Ex boxing champ Meldrick Taylor arrested following ‘an armed standoff with police’ https://t.co/JyKSzuXVyC
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) June 4, 2019
Taylor currently faces charges of aggravated assault, possession of an instrument of crime, and terroristic threats.