An Edgewood boxer was on ESPN 2 this weekend during the sports channel's "Friday Night Fights."
Heading into the fight, Emanuel "The Tranzforma" Taylor, 23, who recently turned pro, was ranked fourth in the world by the
International Boxing Federation in the junior welterweight division, according to a statement from his publicist. Taylor reportedly knocked out his last two opponents and only lost once, in 2011.
Friday night's fight was at
The Paramount in Huntington, NY, against undefeated junior welterweight
Chris Algieri, 29.
Algieri, who lives in Huntington, won the match after catching Taylor off guard in the fifth round, then "landing big blows" and drawing blood,
The Baltimore Sun reported.
Despite the fact that they are competitors, Algieri said he saw similarities between himself and his opponent, describing Taylor to
ESPN as "a good fighter, a strong and tough guy who, like me, is hungry to continue growing."
Taylor trains at
Charm City Boxing in White Marsh.