Showtime’s replays of ‘Britain’s Best’ good way to spend a Thursday night

Nigel Benn/Photo courtesy of


Showtime Championship Boxing this month will continue its 30th anniversary celebration with a series of Thursday-night replays entitled “Britain’s Best” that will air on Showtime Extreme.

A total of five fights will be shown, the first of which will be the rematch between Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank that took place in October 1993 in England. It was a super middleweight title bout that ended in a draw and took place in front of about 42,000. They first tangled in a middleweight title fight in November 1990, Benn stopping Eubank in the ninth round in England.

That will air Sept. 1.

The other four fights are Prince Naseem HamedTom “Boom Boom” Johnson (Sept. 8), Ricky HattonKostya Tszyu (Sept. 18), Joe CalzagheJeff Lacy (Sept. 25) and Carl FrochJermain Taylor (Sept. 29).


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Middleweight champion Jermain Taylor booked back into jail with no bail

This booking photo provided by the Pulaski County Sheriffs Office show Jermain Taylor. A Little Rock woman said Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, that Taylor threatened to fatally shoot her 5, 3 and 1-year-old children, and that she knocked the gun away after the cursing middleweight boxing champion put the weapon to her husband’s head. Photo:  Pulaski County Sheriffs Office, AP / Pulaski County Sheriffs Office

Jermain Taylor/Booking photo provided by Associated Press via Pulaski County Sheriff’s office


Middleweight champion Jermain Taylor on Wednesday was booked back into jail after a judge determined he had violated the terms of his release on bail from an August shooting by allegedly pointing a gun at a man’s head and threatening to kill his three children at a parade Monday in Arkansas, the Associated Press reported.

Taylor in August was charged with allegedly shooting his cousin in Little Rock, Ark. He was released on bond and then was arraigned Tuesday on these more recent charges. He pleaded not guilty and again released on bond, but a day later a judge said he had violated the terms of his previous release and is now to be held without bail.

Taylor was to defend his title against Sergio Mora of Los Angeles on Feb. 6 in Biloxi, Miss., but that has been canceled.

Taylor’s moniker is “Bad Intentions.” Seems to fit these days more than ever.

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