Advertisement
Advertisement

Antonio Tarver Sees Heavyweight Title as The Final Goal

By Jake Donovan

Don’t let the cruiserweight frame fool you; Antonio Tarver doesn’t plan on sticking around below 200 lb. for very long.

The 1996 Olympic Bronze medalist and former light heavyweight king firmly believes in his future lies a win over a Klitschko to capture any portion of the heavyweight crown. Any fight that comes along between now and then is just another stop along his chosen path.

Such a road leads to the June 2 cruiserweight collision with unbeaten contender Lateef Kayode. The two square off at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif, with Showtime to televise.

Plenty has been said between the two camps leading up to the fight, some of it striking a personal chord. Tarver is no stranger to a war of words, but believes his actions to be reactionary for this go-round. Regardless of who started what, the southpaw isn’t in the mood to hear about the plight of his opponent, when his own career has been anything but smooth sailing.

“I respect you because you’re a brother from another. But you’ve had five years in America. I’ve been here struggling all my life,” Tarver states (29-6, 20KO), dismissing Kayode’s cries of having it rough. “I didn’t have a promoter when I started professional and I was an Olympic bronze medalist.”

Despite being a man without a country in his first few years as a pro, Tarver (29-6, 20KO) has managed to forge a hell of a career for himself. An early loss to Eric Harding was thought to be a major setback, but Tarver gained revenge two years later to position himself for a title shot.

The title fight came, but where his career soared to new heights was when he was able to shame fellow Floridian resident Roy Jones into a fight in Nov. ’03. Tarver came up short, but gained newfound respect with his strong showing. The rematch made his career, scoring a one-punch knockout to regain the light heavyweight crown.

Plenty of ups and downs have followed, including losses to Glen Johnson (later avenged), Bernard Hopkins and a pair to Chad Dawson before stepping away from the ring in mid ’09. He is 2-0 since returning in 2010, including last year’s knockout win over Danny Green.

Next up is Kayode, which Tarver sees as the next step towards his heavyweight title run.

“I’m going for the heavyweight title and you’re in my way. This man has threatened me. Telling me if he see me in the streets what he’s gonna do. Fair enough. Be ready to back it up. I’m going to defend my title and be ready for anything Lateef going to be bring. If he’s going to get fired up and get emotional – like he’s been this whole promotion – then he’s going to fall right into my hands.”

Of course, should the opposite prove to be true then it’s possibly back to the broadcast booth full time for the 43-year old.

“I want to win the heavyweight title and bring it back to America. That’s my goal. I know none of that is possible if I don’t get past Lateef Kayode on June 2.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox or submit questions/comments to [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by jm559 on 05-30-2012

I respect Tarver but a Klitschko might kill him

Comment by jray100k on 05-30-2012

I like Tarver whenever he's not bad mouthing Roy Jones Jr. Haaa!!! There's no doubt that a match up between he and Dr. Steel Hammer will happen but in my opinion both K Brothers will KO Tarver. Dr. Steel Hammer…

Comment by Alpha & Omega on 05-30-2012

I have never liked Tarver to be honest, I think he has always been overrated and basically made a career over his 2nd round KO of Roy Jones Jr. years ago. I think he always thought he was better than…

Comment by richardt on 05-30-2012

I hope Tarver KO's the robot with the bad motherboard.

Comment by SpeedKillz on 05-30-2012

[quote=BigAlexSand;12187252]LMFAO.... True ****! Tarver needs to realize the heavyweight division doesn't have a 50 year old Stallone, in the ranks.[/quote] the funny part is, a 50 year old stallone would probly have a good shot of beating tarver at heavyweight.…

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (13)
Top Headlines De La Hoya's Story in Doubt as Trump 'Great Golfer' Video Surfaces Alantez Fox Faces Milton Nunez on PBC on Bounce Video: Anthony Crolla Ready For Barroso Showdown WBC Prez: Mayweather is Champion Emeritus Like Klitschko Was Lemieux: I Still Believe That I Can Beat Gennady Golovkin Zolani Tete is Upset By Withdrawal of Zhanat Zhakiyanov WBC: If Khan Wins, He Can Choose Golovkin at 160 or Garcia at 147 Kermit Cintron Ready For Battle With Eduardo Flores Photos: Canelo vs. Khan Undercard Open Workouts Photos: Anthony Crolla, Ismael Barroso Go Face To Face Deontay Wilder Possibility Helped Draw Joshua To Showtime Broner: I Showed More In Maidana Loss Than In My Wins Khan: Look at Kell Brook's Last 10 Foes, Is It Worth Fighting Him? Jason Quigley: For Me - It's Live Fast and Die a Legend Hearn: I Made Derry Mathews Offer For Dodd on Bellew-Makabu Pulev vs. Chisora Provides Heavyweight Punch To AWE Doubleheader Canelo: While I'm at 155-Pounds, I'm Not Facing Anyone at 160 Hamed Backs Carl Frampton To Overcome Leo Santa Cruz British Boxing Update: Nick Blackwell, Ryan Fields, Welborn Hatton Warns Khan: Canelo Puts on Huge Amount of Weight Ismael Barroso - Never Too Late to Arrive Video: Hopkins Sounds Off on State of Boxing, Mayweather, More Video: Canelo Slams Gennady Golovkin, Talks Khan Clash De La Hoya: To Those Who Know Boxing - Khan is HUGE Favorite Video: Bernard Hopkins Details The Need For Golovkin vs. Kovalev Amir Khan Will Not Rule Out Fighting Gennady Golovkin Next WBC President Outlines Canelo/Golovkin/Khan Title Resolution De La Hoya on Khan: I'm Actually Nervous For Canelo Video: Canelo vs. Khan Final Press Conference De La Hoya: I Won't Vote Trump, He Cheated Me in Golf Video: Bernard Hopkins Tells Golovkin To Follow His Lead Jose Benavidez-Francisco Santana in Play For Crawford-Postol Khan: If Trump Wins, Might Be Last Fight For Me, Canelo at MGM Photos: Canelo, Khan Face To Face at Final Presser Breazeale Warns Joshua: Prepare For War, I'll Be Guns Blazing Broner Describes Troubles Making Weight For Theophane Fight Canelo To Golovkin: Earn Your Shot, Work Your Way Up! Joshua: “Showtime is three or four years ahead of the game” Hopkins: No Excuses, Golovkin Should Fight Kovalev! Joshua To Breazeale: Back Up Talk, Don't Be Like Other Americans
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement