Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Tarver Will Fight Positive Test Result, Plans Appeal

By Jake Donovan

It’s still open to debate as to which event on Friday was more shocking – that Antonio Tarver tested positive for a banned substance, or at the normally vocal fighter/commentator was immediately speechless upon hearing the news.

The industry was abuzz the moment BoxingScene’s Ryan Maquinana broke the news of Tarver’s most recent drug test coming back positive for drostranolone – an anabolic steroid – in connection with his June 2 12-round draw with Lateef Kayode. The bout aired live on Showtime and was an entertaining affair which became best known for Kayode’s post-fight rant against Tarver and the network.

Not much was thought of the fight beyond the immediate aftermath, and the show itself only made the news in reporting the ridiculous combined purses handed out compared to what was generated at the gate.

Tarver was reportedly paid $1 milllion for his night, though was slapped with a $2,500 fine by the California State Athletic Commission for his A-sample coming back dirty.

The lingering question is whether or not Tarver will be a part of Showtime’s broadcast team on Saturday night. The former light heavyweight champ was slated to join Gus Johnson and Al Bernstein to call the televised doubleheader at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, headlined by Victor Ortiz and Josesito Lopez in a 12-round welterweight bout.

Tarver was even on hand for Friday’s weigh-in, taking note of Ortiz and Lopez getting in each other’s face during the obligatory stare down photo-op.

Little did he – or anyone else on hand – realize at the time was that his name was being linked to the latest steroid scandal that has rapidly plagued the sport.

“Today’s news of a false positive caught me as well as my family and supporters by surprise,” Tarver said in a statement on his verified Twitter account. “I apologize for the embarrassment it caused.”

“I have always been a proponent of a clean sport and an advocate for the most rigorous drug testing in boxing.  The positive test results came as a complete surprise to me today. I will be examining every potential cause and ultimately, I am confident that my fans will see that I was not at anytime attempting to gain an unfair or illegal advantage in my performance.” 

The embarrassment has spread to his bosses at Showtime, who aired the June 2 bout that has now been declared a no-contest. When prompted for a response on whether or not the network would still retain Tarver’s services for the evening, they stated the following:

"We were made aware of the California State Athletic Commission's report regarding Antonio Tarver's positive drug test following his last fight on June 2 this afternoon. Out of respect for the fighters competing on Saturday night, Antonio and the network have mutually agreed that he will not serve as color analyst for the June 23rd boxing telecast."

Naturally, Tarver believes himself to be innocent and the victim of an erroneous test result. An appeal is plan and the fighter has every intention of cooperating with the commission in his greatest efforts to clear his name.

“I’ll appeal and submit to the California Commission everything that I’ve consume(d) prior to June 2 that (could have) caused this honest mistake,” Tarver stated in a follow-up statement.

Tarver (29-6-1, 20KO) earned his success the hard way during 16 years in the sport. His first run at championship fell one fight short of actually receiving a title shot, dropping a decision to Eric Harding. Tarver gained revenge two years later, scoring a televised knockout to move into position as mandatory challenger to Roy Jones Jr.

The title fight would finally come, just not against Jones, who instead pursued a heavyweight belt. Tarver was instead forced to settle for two vacant titles after soundly outpointing Montell Griffin in Apr. ’03. Even that wasn’t good enough as Tarver chased around Jones until finally landing a fight.

That moment came in Nov ’03, with Tarver pushing Jones to the limit but falling just short on the cards. Tarver left no doubt in the rematch, first offering the memorable pre-fight question, “You got any excuses tonight, Roy?” and then proceeding to score a one-punch 2nd round knockout.

Tarver’s career was erratic from that point onward, but managed three title reigns overall at light heavyweight before back-to-back losses to Chad Dawson ended his run near the top of the division.

An 18-month break followed before Tarver came back as a flabby heavyweight, scoring a points win over Nagy Aguilera in Oct. ’10. Tarver, 43, was in far better shape after dropping to cruiserweight, dominating Danny Green en route to a 9th round knockout of Danny Green last summer in Australia.

Against Kayode, Tarver gave away most of the early rounds before coming on strong in the 2nd half. Naturally, both fighters believed they deserve to win the fight, but instead were forced to settle for a split decision draw.

For now, the bout remains a no-contest and Tarver will undoubtedly be suspended from the sport pending a future hearing.

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Kormier on 06-23-2012

Antonio Tarver REALLY IS a Magic Man! It takes some Chris Angel type talent to convince the world he is a great fighter! ... Think about it ... His claim to fame is knocking out a washed up and drained…

Comment by jaded on 06-23-2012

[QUOTE=flushuppercut;12271013]Well now big-mouth Tarver has plenty to talk about.And now Roy Jones Jr. has an excuse...[/QUOTE] I don't think Roy Jones Jr wants to get into a steroid use debate...this was kept quite for years. [IMG]http://www.braggingrightscorner.com/evidence1a.jpg[/IMG]

Comment by ironmike2012 on 06-23-2012

I'm beginning to think that almost every fighter juices, you only here aboiut the couple that are caught.

Comment by mushahadeen on 06-23-2012

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;12270473]Tarver Will Fight Positive Test Result, Plans Appeal[/QUOTE] Antonio Tarver is an intelligent man. [B]He would not knowingly take PEDs knowing he would have to pee in a cup after the fight.[/B] [U]It makes no sense[/U] and [U]is completely illogical[/U].…

Comment by CLubberLang on 06-23-2012

I thought Tarver was on juice since he went and did the Rocky movie. 1. Stallone is notorious for roids and HGH. 2. He never performed the same after he came back down to LHW. Just look at RJJ, Mosely,…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (28)
Top Headlines Daniel Jacobs Wants Saunders for April Return at Barclays Center Shakhram Giyaso, Olympic Medal Winner, Set To Go Pro Bacskai Improves to 4-0, Eager To Keep Up Pace in 2018 Alberto Melian Makes 'Lomachenko Style' Debut With Big KO Blair Cobbs Inks Pact With Golden Boy Promotions Weekend Review: Saunders Shines Bright, Fury Returns Looms Saunders: Lemieux Handlers Made Mistake by Putting Up Big Ring Andre Ward: Barrera Gives Anyone at 175 a Run For Their Money Saunders' Trainer Prefers Golovkin Fight Over Facing Canelo Tyson Fury: I'm "Very Confident" Saunders Beats Golovkin Warrington: Lee Selby is Not Levels Above Me, I Can Beat Him! Cheeseman Pulls Out Of Metcalf Clash, Langford-Arnfield, More Marquez Reveals He Rejected $100 Million For Fifth Pacquiao Bout Video: Abner Mares Talks Frampton-Donaire, Santa Cruz Rematch Video: John Molina on His Big KO Win Over Ivan Redkach Horn Motivated To Impress American Fans By Shocking Crawford Maxim Vlasov vs. Vikapita Meroro on Dec. 21 in Moscow Video: Robert Guerrero Talks Garcia-Rios, Spence-Peterson Video: Hugo Centeno Talks Jermall Charlo Clash, More Saunders Victory Makes For Three-Headed Middleweight Monster Chavez Jr. Waiting For Angulo Contract, Wants To Know Numbers Cletus Seldin: 2018 Will Be My Year, I'll Be Much Better Next Time Video: Brandon Rios Talks Danny Garcia Fight, More Video: Nonito Donaire Talks Carl Frampton Fight, More Photos: Yves Ulysse Drops, Schools Cletus Seldin Over Ten Luis Nery vs. Shinsuke Yamanaka Rematch Close To Deal Saunders: I'll School Golovkin or Canelo Like I Did Lemieux! Jeff Horn is Firm, Wants "Millions" To Face Terence Crawford Amir Khan Eager To Return: I'm Going To Fight in March Trainer: Saunders Could’ve Finished Lemieux, But Wanted Rounds Trainer Ingle Always Thought Saunders Could Become 'Superstar' Adrian Granat Finishing Up Camp For Upcoming Ring Return Photos: Billy Joe Saunders Schools David Lemieux Over Twelve Saunders: Lemieux Performance Will Scare Off Canelo, Golovkin Fury: Saunders Gives Golovkin Trouble, But GGG's Not Lemieux Stephen Tiffney Suffers First Defeat To Lewis Paulin in Paisley Natasha Jonas Moves To 4-0 In Oldham, Targets Titles In 2018 Photos: John Molina Blasts Out Ivan Redkach in a Wild War Tyson Fury: Joshua Can't Box, He's a Brawler, I Know The Truth Lemieux: I Couldn't Use My Left Hand; Saunders Ran All Night
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement