Lloyd (Honeyboy) Taylor will be searching for more than a victory tonight when he climbs into the ring for the feature bout at the Sheraton Northeast in New Carrollton. He'll be battling to regain his confidence.
For Taylor, a Washington welterweight, this is his first fight since suffering a fourth-round knockout by Milton McCrory, the World Boxing Council champion, last December in Atlantic City.
Taylor (20-3, 15 knockouts) will face Eddie (Badlands) Flannings of Atlanta (10-12, five knockouts) in a scheduled 10-round match.
"I'm looking to get back in the hang of fighting every month instead of fighting every six months like I did before the McCrory fight," said Taylor, who is 6 feet and 150 pounds. "I want to try to get my momentum back. I didn't get enough training before that fight. I had only two weeks notice. They needed someone to fill in. Now, I've been training real good for five weeks."
The other fights on the six-bout card are four-round contests, showcasing local talent with little professional experience.
The most exciting match could be a junior lightweight fight between Scott Page (2-0) of Hillcrest Heights and Steve Guess (2-2) of Atlanta.
Troy Jackson of Rockville and Tyrone Vance of Baltimore will make pro debuts in a junior middleweight bout. Also debuting professionally are featherweight Floyd Fimmons of Baltimore and light heavyweight Robert Brobus of Washington.