Roach Calls Out Antonio Tarver, Says Kayode Isn’t Green

By Ryan Maquiñana

Mere moments after 42-year-old Antonio Tarver captured the IBO cruiserweight title by stopping Danny Green in nine rounds, the team for unbeaten WBA No. 1/WBO No. 3/IBF No. 5 Lateef "Power" Kayode let it be known that they want the “Magic Man” from Orlando next.

“I congratulate Antonio on his dominant victory,” said Freddie Roach, Kayode’s trainer. “He's a great fighter.  He's proven like many great champions that age isn't always a factor when your heart still believes you've got more to give.”

Roach’s laudatory tone then transformed into a sobering one.

“But Danny Green isn't Lateef Kayode,” he continued.  “That fight was between two vets in the sunset.  A rising prospect versus a proven veteran would make a great fight, and for it to take place on American soil would be great for the division.”

The 28-year-old Kayode’s manager, Steven Feder, agreed, citing his Nigerian client’s recent wide points victory over Matt Godfrey in June to successfully defend his NABF belt and gain the vacant NABA strap.

“I'm a personal fan of Tarver, but this is business,” he said.  “We have the ranking and we want the challenge.  Lateef handled Godfrey's southpaw style and as everyone knows, styles make fights.  Lateef and Antonio would be a great fight and I hope Showtime or HBO grabs this opportunity.  It would be an action packed fight for fans.  So to be clear, Tarver, we are waiting for your reply.”

Ryan Maquiñana is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America.  E-mail him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @rmaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ATG Fighter on 08-03-2011

Haven't been impressed by Kayode in his last 2 fights. I don't think he is ready.......

Comment by Nate S. on 08-03-2011

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Comment by gauze on 07-22-2011

i have hurt a lot of butts itt. lol @ PC boxing fans. lol @ battling anonymous e-thuggery with the same exact thing and pictures of wiggers. i'll try not to "hate" so much next time roach opens his fat…

Comment by Stanly Ketchel on 07-21-2011

Fab Five at it again. Calling out a 42 y.o. Its just another Fab Five moment

Comment by StopBlocking on 07-21-2011

Kayode is a FNF/ballroom fighter at best Roach.

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