Former boxing champion Jermain Taylor arrested on domestic battery charge

Jermain Taylor (Photo: Pulaski County jail)

Little Rock police on Wednesday arrested former middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor.

Taylor, 40, was booked in the Pulaski County jail at 5:06 p.m. on charges of third-degree domestic battery and aggravated assault on a family or household member.

An arrest report says Taylor was arrested about 3:25 p.m. at his home at 7412 Azalea Drive after he punched a woman, held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her.

The arrest Wednesday is the latest of several run-ins with the law Taylor has had in recent years. Maumelle police arrested him in July 2017 after a woman Taylor had been dating accused him of attacking her, police reported. Court records show prosecutors dropped the charges Aug. 14.

In August 2016, Taylor was given a suspended sentence of 19 years in three separate cases. He was charged with second-degree battery in an incident at a substance abuse treatment facility in May 2015. He was charged with five counts of aggravated assault and one count possession of a controlled substance after he fired a gun during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Little Rock in January 2015. And he was also charged with first-degree battery and terroristic threatening after police he shot and wounded his cousin in August 2014, police reported.

Taylor, nicknamed "Bad Intentions," is a two-time International Boxing Federation middleweight champion. He won a bronze medal in the 2000 Olympics in the light middleweight division.

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