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Steward training Winky's opponent
By TIMES WIRES
Published May 5, 2006
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Middleweight champion Jermain Taylor is training without Patrick Burns leading to next month's fight against St. Petersburg's Winky Wright .
Taylor moved his training camp to Detroit, where new trainer Emanuel Steward is based, from Miami. Taylor was expected to work with both Steward and Burns, but camp started Monday without Burns.
Ozell Nelson , Taylor's amateur coach, said last month both trainers would work together. He now says Burns was left out because having two trainers could have been too distracting.
"I wish Jermain well. I certainly want him to win this fight," Burns said from Miami.
Wright trainer Dan Birmingham was shocked when told of the move. He believes it is a clear sign the Taylor camp is worried about Wright, who is 50-3 and ranked No.1.
"I think they are very worried," Birmingham said. "But he could have Humpty Dumpty in the corner and it's not going to help put all the pieces back together when Winky is done with him."
Taylor is coming off two wins over middleweight legend Bernard Hopkins . Birmingham said he doesn't know why Steward is being brought in.
"He'll tweak a few things, but you can't just change a fighter in two months."
Taylor, who is from Little Rock, is 25-0 heading into the June 17 fight with Wright in Memphis, Tenn.
Times staff writer John C. Cotey contributed to this report.
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