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Boxer Jermain Taylor out on bond, faces charges in shooting; travel allowed for coming bout

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MAUMELLE, Arkansas — Boxer Jermain Taylor was freed on $25,000 bond Wednesday after police detained the former middleweight champion in the shooting of his cousin at Taylor's suburban Little Rock home.

Taylor appeared via video from the Pulaski County jail for his initial court appearance Wednesday. A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf. Taylor faces preliminary charges of domestic battery and aggravated assault in the late Tuesday shooting of Tyrone Hinton.

Taylor didn't speak when he left the jail in Little Rock, accompanied by a bail bondsman. His attorney, Allison Allred of North Little Rock, didn't immediately return an Associated Press call for comment.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Lt. Carl Minden said a fight broke out between Taylor, Hinton and another man at Taylor's home in Maumelle on Tuesday.

"He (Taylor) grabbed a weapon and opened fire," Minden said.

Hinton was hospitalized in serious condition and the other man was not hurt, he said.

PHOTO: FILE - In this July 14, 2009, file photo, boxer Jermain Taylor gestures during a news conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. A judge has set bail at $25,000 for boxer Jermain Taylor after the former middleweight champion was jailed overnight in Little Rock, Ark., in connection with a shooting that wounded his cousin. Taylor appeared via video from the Pulaski County jail for an initial appearance Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/POLFOTO, Jens Dige, File)   DENMARK OUT
FILE - In this July 14, 2009, file photo, boxer Jermain Taylor gestures during a news conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. A judge has set bail at $25,000 for boxer Jermain Taylor after the former middleweight champion was jailed overnight in Little Rock, Ark., in connection with a shooting that wounded his cousin. Taylor appeared via video from the Pulaski County jail for an initial appearance Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/POLFOTO, Jens Dige, File) DENMARK OUT

Minden said the nature of the altercation was still under investigation and that Taylor was arrested without incident. Only one gun was involved, he said.

"He was very calm and very cooperative with our investigators," Minden said.

District Judge Wayne Gruber also granted a request from Taylor's lawyer to let the athlete travel out of state to train and compete in a bout against Sam Soliman to be broadcast live on ESPN on Oct. 8.

The network had yet to decide whether that will go ahead as planned.

"ESPN had committed to carry the fight and was working towards a contractual agreement. We are now reviewing the situation and will make a decision once more details emerge," the network said in a statement Wednesday.

Taylor was the professional middleweight boxing champion from 2005 until 2007 when he lost the title to Kelly Pavlik. Taylor also won a bronze medal in boxing at the 2000 Olympics.

In 2010, Taylor was hospitalized after being knocked out by Arthur Abraham in a fight in Germany, after which Taylor complained of short-term memory loss.

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PHOTO: FILE - In this July 14, 2009, file photo, boxer Jermain Taylor gestures during a news conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. A judge has set bail at $25,000 for boxer Jermain Taylor after the former middleweight champion was jailed overnight in Little Rock, Ark., in connection with a shooting that wounded his cousin. Taylor appeared via video from the Pulaski County jail for an initial appearance Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/POLFOTO, Jens Dige, File)   DENMARK OUT
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