Emanuel "The Tranzformer" Taylor lost by unanimous decision to undefeated Chris Algieri on Friday in a nationally televised 10-round bout in Huntington, N.Y.
Taylor, of Edgewood, trains at Charm City Boxing in White Marsh. The fight was featured on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights."
Algieri, fighting in his hometown, landed the punch of the night in the fifth round, a big left uppercut that stunned Taylor. Algieri started landing big blows in the seventh round and bloodied Taylor in the eighth.
He took control in the ninth as Taylor (17-2) appeared to tire.
One judge scored the fight 98-92 in favor of Algieri (19-0), a former kickboxer who has 3 inches on Taylor. The other two judges scored the fight 97-93 for Algieri.
Before Friday, Taylor had had 12 knockouts in 18 fights since going pro in 2009, and his only loss came in a controversial split decision against Prenice Brewer in 2011.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun