Super middleweight contender Jesse Brinkley has added former world champion Jermain Taylor to his “hit list” for a showdown this year.

Taylor is coming off a very hard fought battle against WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch this past Saturday, a fight he was winning on the scorecards before being stopped with just seconds left to go in the final round.

This past Valentines Day, Brinkley brutally hammered away at his long time local rival Joey Gilbert for twelve rounds, pitching a near shutout towards a unanimous decision victory in front of a packed house of 7,000 fans at the Reno Events Center .

Speaking after a morning run, Brinkley discussed a possible fight with the former middleweight champion, “Jermain is amongst the very best fighters out there. He was seconds away from beating Froch on Saturday night, he beat Hopkins twice, had the draw with Winky, beat Cory Spinks and Kassim Ouma. His only other losses were to Pavlik.”

“At this point in my career I want to test myself against the very best in the division and he certainly qualifies. I need to find out for myself if I truly belong at the elite level. Jermain’s a class act and it would be an honor to fight him.”

About a location for a fight with Taylor , Brinkley stated, “If he wants to fight in Little Rock, no problem, just tell me what time. I’ll fight him anytime and anywhere.”

Winning his last six in a row, the 32 year old Brinkley has improved his record to 33-5-0 with 22 knockouts. The 30 year old Taylor, a bronze medalist at the 2000 Olympics, boasts a record of 28-3-1 with 17 knockouts.

Brinkley is co-promoted by Reno , Nevada based “Let’s Get It On” Promotions and TKO BOXING Promotions of Las Vegas.

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