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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 October 2005, 10:53 GMT 11:53 UK
Taylor drops IBF belt for Hopkins
Jermain Taylor
Middleweight champion Jermain Taylor has vacated the IBF title to pave the way for a rematch with Bernard Hopkins.

The American took a shock points win over compatriot and long-time holder Hopkins in July to claim all four major belts - IBF, WBC, WBA and WBO.

But now Taylor is shunning a mandatory IBF defence in favour of a lucrative return against Hopkins on 3 December.

Number two contender Kingsley Ikeke could now contest the vacant IBF title against a contender to be named.

Sam Soliman, the IBF's top-ranked challenger, has already signed up to face Winky Wright in December.


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