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Tarver Had Two Other Gambling Related Legal Fights

By TMZ

He might be the welcher-weight champion of the world ... 'cause TMZ Sports has learned Antonio Tarver was sued over unpaid gambling debts by TWO VEGAS CASINOS before his problems with the Wynn.

According to court docs, Tarver got into some trouble with the MGM Grand and the Bellagio back in 2009 after taking out a heavy-duty gambling marker at each hotel and failing to pay it back.

MGM Grand says ... Tarver borrowed $100k but only paid back $10k

Bellagio says ... Tarver borrowed $50k but only paid back $5k.

They sued -- and according to court records, both casinos got their money back two years later.

But Tarver didn't learn his lesson. As we previously reported, the 45-year-old was locked up for allegedly skipping out on a $200,000 gambling marker from the Wynn stemming from 2012.

Tarver suggested his friend would help him repay the debt -- as long as he gets back in the ring and starts boxing again.

We spoke to Tarver's reps who insist the guy does NOT have a gambling problem.

Wanna bet?

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Saul_Good on 03-08-2014

Get that help, Tarver! Sounds like Haymon gave you a second chance by posting your bail and paying off your debt. That's HUGE bruv! Hope you have enough left in the tank if you really plan on climbing back into…

Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 03-08-2014

Tarver falling off hard.. I was never a big fan of his but I was sure he was gonna retire like oscar and Lennox did and have a successful life after boxing...

Comment by jcsuperfly01603 on 03-08-2014

So? It's a shame that as much coverage is given here to the personal issues of a man who potentially has a life destroying addiction than say a very recent former heavyweight champion who is currently embroiled in a conflict…

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