A native of Rock Hill, S.C., Taylor grew up in Charlotte. He began boxing in the late ‘60s and compiled an impressive won-lost record. Taylor fought 115 times as an amateur and won 105. During his eight years as a professional, he won 32 and lost 6. At one time, Taylor was ranked as high as number two in the middleweight division. He won the Carolinas Golden Gloves a total of six times and picked up a total of 23 amateur championships. Taylor was a classic boxer who moved well and hit with authority. He won AAU championships in 1967 and 1968 in Charlotte, High Point in 1974 and Virginia in 1976.

Taylor was employed by the City of Charlotte for 26 years and presently works for Crowder Construction Co. He and his wife Lula are the parents of 12 children.

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