By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world middleweight and welterweight challenger Shannan Taylor (49-7-3, 35 KOs) contacted Fightnews to say he was upset about a newspaper article today that stated fellow Australian middleweight Jamie Pittman (18-1, 8 KOs) was being snubbed by the Anthony Mundine camp as a potential opponent for the IBO middleweight champion.
Taylor said, “I made two offers to Jamie Pittman to fight me, and his management rejected both offers. If he wants a good pay day he should fight me. My credentials are good – I gave Mundine one of his toughest fights this year and took the best middleweight in the world Arthur Abraham the distance. The Australian middleweight champion Junior Talipeau is another pretender. He calls himself the middleweight champion of Australia but he jumped out of the ring after two rounds of sparring against me. I have stopped world champions Jake Rodriguez and Livingstone Bramble and would do the same to Pittman and Talipeau.”
Taylor was stopped in WBC welterweight title attempt against Shane Mosley in 2001 and Arthur Abraham outscored Taylor in IBF middleweight title bout in 2006. Jamie Pittman was stopped in seven rounds by Felix Sturm of a WBA title bout in 2008. Pittman is scheduled to fight Frank Ciampa on July 16 of a nationally televised bout on Channel Ten One HD promoted by Fidel Tukel of Superboxer.