Known as “the man with dynamite in both fists,” Taylor posted an impressive amateur record of 53-6 and a professional record of 10 wins and one loss, which was cut short due to a football-related knee injury. In 1949 he was named the outstanding Golden Glover in the Concord, N.C. tournament and in 1950 he won the middleweight title and “knockout king” laurels. He also won the middleweight title in the open division of the Carolinas Golden Gloves, and he won the middleweight crown in the North Carolina AAU Boxing Tournament in addition to several other tournament titles. While serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Taylor was named outstanding middleweight in the Far East, winning the “quickest bout of the tournament” with a 90-second knockout. Taylor also enjoyed great success as a coach, producing several champions and earning many coaching honors.