For those of you following Showtime's SuperSix Boxing Tournament, you're probably aware that Jermaine Taylor has dropped out.
Well, perhaps 'dropped out' is too polite as sources indicate he was paid to step aside and let someone fill his shoes.
Either way, it was a smart decision by Taylor. He's gotten knocked out in his first two fights and nobody wants to see a fighter take that level of abuse.
Allan Green was supposed to fight Sakio Bika on Feb. 5, with the winner taking Taylor's spot in the SuperSix.
For inexplicable reasons, Bika pulled out of that fight allowing Green to take Taylor's position.
Green (29-1, 20 KO's) will now fight Andre Ward (21-0, 13 KO's) on April 13, most likely in Ward's hometown of Oakland, Calif.
Talk about being thrown into the lion's den.
Ward is predicted by many to be the favorite to win the tournament. He looked outstanding against Mikel Kessler.
In addition to Ward and Kessler, the tournament features the likes of Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch, and Andre Dirrell.
In other words, some of the best Super Middleweights in the world.
Bika's pulling out of their February fight is a sigh of relief for all involved. Considering the aggressive nature of both fighters, it's highly unlikely either of them would have been 100 percent for an April fight with Ward.
This is great news for the SuperSix tournament. Taylor was, quite honestly, over-matched in both his bouts. Green brings fresh energy to the tournament.
He's also an outstanding fighter who can throw toe-to-toe with any of the other contestants. I honestly have no idea if he can beat Ward, especially in Oakland, but it should be a very competitive fight.
For those of you who haven't watched the SuperSix Tournament, now would be a good time to begin tuning in. It's a great idea and has featured some of the best fights of 2009.