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Tarver Fancies UK Clash, Maybe With David Haye?

By Nick Halling

Former world light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver (30-6, 21KOs) has expressed an interest in fighting in the UK. The Magic Man clearly feels he has some tread left on his tires, and fancies mixing it up on the British heavyweight scene.

Tarver has been busy banging the drum on social media for a fight with former WBA champ David Haye – who’s own status remains up in the air following shoulder surgery. Tarver reckons it’s a guaranteed sellout which will end in a knockout. And he’s probably right on both counts.

If Tarver is serious about this, the news will have already been picked up on the radar of the leading UK-based promoters. It might also give Haye an additional incentive to formally announce his future intentions.  It’s a sure-fire payday all round.

And if anyone might be tempted to suggest that Tarver might be a little long in the tooth for this sort of thing, at 45 years old, there are plenty of precedents. James Tony boxed in a Prizefighter event late last year at the same age, and Matt Skelton’s 47-year-old bones are being dragged off his sofa to face rising star Anthony Joshua next month.

Nick Halling is a commentator for Sky Sports.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by EddieHearn on 06-11-2014

[QUOTE=LacedUp;14652162]Haye won't fight tarver - get real. He'd be a sho in for kiltschko though. Continue his nice stream of mormeck esque opponents.[/QUOTE] David Haye will carry on fighting the Audley Harrisons of the heavyweight division to solidify his ATG…

Comment by Scott. Weiland on 06-11-2014

[QUOTE=LacedUp;14652162]Haye won't fight tarver - get real. He'd be a sho in for kiltschko though. Continue his nice stream of mormeck esque opponents.[/QUOTE] Within the phantasy realm you reside I am sure you could justify a Tarver Haye,the guy who…

Comment by yoz on 06-11-2014

[QUOTE=LacedUp;14652162]Haye won't fight tarver - get real. He'd be a sho in for kiltschko though. Continue his nice stream of mormeck esque opponents.[/QUOTE] Oh, come on. Who do you think he will face? My money is on the winner of…

Comment by LacedUp on 06-11-2014

[QUOTE=Scott.Weiland;14652154]Way off he mark.Haye would fight him now or never if he had a strong of successive victories.[/QUOTE] Haye won't fight tarver - get real. He'd be a sho in for kiltschko though. Continue his nice stream of mormeck esque…

Comment by paulf on 06-11-2014

Haye is coming off serious surgery and a long layoff; he's badly need of a tuneup. I mean, look what happened to Martinez last weekend. Tarver can hang at heavyweight, man. This won't be the hardest fight of Haye's career…

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