By Luis Sanodval
Antonio Tarver makes it no secret that before he decides to hang up his gloves for good he wants a shot at a Heavyweight title. Currently the Heavyweight division has been monopolized by the Klitschko brothers as between them, they hold all 4 of the major belts.
Tarver understands his path to a Heavyweight championship will need to go through the Klitschkos but he’s more than willing to take on either. The former Light Heavyweight champion spoke about getting the opportunity to fight one of the Klitschko’s and his thoughts on them.
“It’ll be a dream come true. But Vitali and Wladamir [Klitschko], they’ve been hearing me but they ain’t saying nothing. So we’re going to have to put it on display and let them know that I should be taken serious. Size never made a difference. And I know every time they’ve been in a tough fight they wilted” expressed Tarver.
“That’s all I want; to bring them something tough. Something they haven’t been used to. A guy with my boxing IQ, at 215 [pounds], and a guy with my punching power; which they’re going to under estimate until they get clipped on the chin. I will let everybody know this not a muscle” said Tarver as he touched his chin. “You can protect it with all the muscle you want but if somebody clips that chin on the right spot; lights out”.
At 43 years old, Tarver has a limited time to try to make more meaningful fights. But if he should lose, that will be where he draws the line. His last defeat came in 2009 at the hands of Chad Dawson but he has since put together back to back wins including a victory over Danny Green. If he loses then Tarver is ready to call it a career and ride off into the sunset.
“All I need is one opportunity. It isn’t going to be no big deal where I’m coming back multiple times after I’ve lost to a better man. When I lose to the better guy, I’m hanging them up point blank period. I did everything I wanted to do and achieve and accomplish in boxing” said Tarver.
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