Tarver-Johnson in The Works

By Rick Reeno

The LA Daily News is reporting that a potential fight between light heavyweight champions Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson is in the works and could become a reality real soon. The two men who hold knock out victories over Roy Jones Jr. will face off in a battle to leave one man standing as the supreme leader of the light heavyweight division. It will be Johnson's big right against Tarver's big left. Tarver has a date with Australian Paul Briggs on December 18th and is looking past Briggs towards a date with Johnson. The Tarver-Johnson bout would be a unification fight for the WBO, WBA and WBC light heavyweight titles.

"I'd be sitting here lying to you if I said I thought it was a 100 percent slam dunk,(Johnson's fight with Tarver)" said Goossen

Goossen says that Roy Jones was unable to overcome the hunger of Glen Johnson.

"I went into the fight knowing we had a fighter who always fought with his heart. When you have someone that does that fight in and fight out, you know everything is possible. At the same time, he was going in against one of the great fighters of all time in Roy Jones Jr., even though Roy was coming off a devastating loss to Antonio Tarver."

"We had a fighter who was very hungry. Roy had a lot to prove coming back from that loss to Tarver, but he was very wealthy, and he had so many other things going on in his life. It's hard to overcome that hunger."

Now, Goossen is hoping to match Johnson against the other man who knocked out Roy Jones, Antonio Tarver.

"We have been working very hard in that regard (making a Johnson-Tarver bout). We have had some very, very, let's say good, negotiations in trying to make this a reality. This would be a promoter's dream. Tarver gives (James) Toney a run for his money with the verbiage he doles out. And then there's Glen, who after beating Roy, said, 'I'm not the best, but I want to fight the best.' When is the last time you heard a fighter say that?"

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Dr.Depravity on 10-19-2004

Finally a decent unification bought. :)

Comment by grayfist on 10-18-2004

Any and every time alphabet champions try to get together to unify their versions of the world crown is welcome news. Even more welcome is WHEN IT HAPPENS!!! :)

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