Antonio Tarver wants a shot at a title match. “I'll take on any of the current champions.”
Mar 21 2014 9:42 PM
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Kelsey McCarson had a chat with former world champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver is ready, says he is the same man and he wants to prove he can still win championships.

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deepwater2 says:

He will fight whoever Haymon tells him to fight period

The Shadow says:

Which will be the best possible matchup he can have.

He seems very youthful for his age, by the way. I just don't see all the skill he's talking about.

Skibbz says:

[QUOTE=The Shadow;46569]Which will be the best possible matchup he can have.

He seems very youthful for his age, by the way. I just don't see all the skill he's talking about.[/QUOTE]

I think he's taken some notes from Sonnen…

deepwater2 says:

[QUOTE=Skibbz;46582]I think he's taken some notes from Sonnen…[/QUOTE]

I think sonnen took notes from him. Roy jones wanted nothing to do with tarver , tarver forced the fight by storming Roy jones press conferences and telling any interviewer he beat Roy when they were kids. Hopkins used Mickie shillstone and went up and schooled tarver. His skills so so. He used his hight advantage at the lower weights. He will hold no advantage at heavy. Tarver can always use the left hook with his eyes closed.

The Commish says:

I sadly and slowly shake my head when I hear Tarver throw out lines about the continuation of the competitive side of his boxing career. He recently was dug out from some deep debt by none other than Al Haymon. He said “I will repay Al by winning and unifying the heavyweight championship.” Gotta' get in line, Antonio. Evander Holyfield is in front of you. So are long time heavyweights Tony Thompson and Francois Botha, whose Buffalo meat is up for sale again in a few weeks.

The closest Tarver should now get to being inside a ring is when he begins promoting fights in a few months.

-Randy G.

Skibbz says:

Ahh D2 I knew someone would sting me after I threw out that lazy jab.. Maybe in fact it was Sonnen who made the notes! I think now with all the great sports science knowledge and tech, everyone is thinking 40 is the new 20..

Tony did the double on the scouser David Price, I was surprised he got he first, then David hooked up with Lennox and they worked with him alongside his trainer and built on his fundamentals.. I really thought he had a better shot he second time around, but it wasn't to be!

Skibbz says:

Talking of Tony Thompson, he just beat Mr Lazy for the International WBC title. Solis should call an end to his career.. Guy has no motive.

The Shadow says:

[QUOTE=The Commish;46604]I sadly and slowly shake my head when I hear Tarver throw out lines about the continuation of the competitive side of his boxing career. He recently was dug out from some deep debt by none other than Al Haymon. He said “I will repay Al by winning and unifying the heavyweight championship.” Gotta' get in line, Antonio. Evander Holyfield is in front of you. So are long time heavyweights Tony Thompson and Francois Botha, whose Buffalo meat is up for sale again in a few weeks.

The closest Tarver should now get to being inside a ring is when he begins promoting fights in a few months.

-Randy G.[/QUOTE]

The G. has spoken. Excellently put.

The Shadow says:

[QUOTE=Skibbz;46629]Talking of Tony Thompson, he just beat Mr Lazy for the International WBC title. Solis should call an end to his career.. Guy has no motive.[/QUOTE]

For real, he did?! Hey, Solis got skills. If Thompson beat him, he still has some life in him. Keep in mind, he only had about a month to prepare for him after fighting David Price.

For a 42-year-old, that's far too fast a turnaround. No time to rest, recuperate, get bak in shape and so forth.

Give me Thompson vs. Arreola/Stiverne winner, Wilder or Jennins/Perez. To me, he's still the one right behind Wladimir.

I can't believe it, he really beat Solis?!? Solis has so much skill, fatass needs to lose weight and get in shape ant have his ligaments popping all the damn time.

David Haye said it best. “He will go down in history as another's fat bum.”

The Shadow says:

[QUOTE=deepwater2;46601]I think sonnen took notes from him. Roy jones wanted nothing to do with tarver , tarver forced the fight by storming Roy jones press conferences and telling any interviewer he beat Roy when they were kids. Hopkins used Mickie shillstone and went up and schooled tarver. His skills so so. He used his hight advantage at the lower weights. He will hold no advantage at heavy. Tarver can always use the left hook with his eyes closed.[/QUOTE]

Sonnen > Tarver. He wastes no time with this schmuck. He's a student of Ali, The Rock, Billy Graham, and Shawn Michaels.

I know because he uses their sayings in his Sonnenisms!

Rock took from several guys, too, I used to think he was plagiarizing too much until he started getting so much original material that he was just the man.

The Commish says:

Tony Thompson is such a likable guy. Gerry Cooney just spoke with him and we are gonna' have him on our show either this Monday or on Friday. He has knee issue so he can't run or jump rope. His hands hurt so he doesn't spend a tremendous amount of time on the heavy bag. But he spars a lot of rounds and works on timing, sharpness, accuracy and quickness of punches. He doesn't brag and asks for very little. He goes into guys backyards and, more often than not, comes away victorious…and he's in his 40's. I love this guy. Congratulations on whupping another top-notch fighter.

-Randy G.

The Shadow says:

[QUOTE=The Commish;46638]Tony Thompson is such a likable guy. Gerry Cooney just spoke with him and we are gonna' have him on our show either this Monday or on Friday. He has knee issue so he can't run or jump rope. His hands hurt so he doesn't spend a tremendous amount of time on the heavy bag. But he spars a lot of rounds and works on timing, sharpness, accuracy and quickness of punches. He doesn't brag and asks for very little. He goes into guys backyards and, more often than not, comes away victorious…and he's in his 40's. I love this guy. Congratulations on whupping another top-notch fighter.

-Randy G.[/QUOTE]

Co-sign! He's a great guy! Funny. And he has a day job, too. I'm on #TeamTiger

deepwater2 says:

Sonnen has some great trash talking skill and even better marketing skills . He got some great matches being a so so fighter. The John jones pizza special at his pizza shop turned a negative into a positive . Jon jones pizza , lots of chicken and full of cheese. You can't discount tarver , forcing the Roy jones fight, asking Roy if he had an excuses tonight ,and knocking out cold the baddest man on the planet at that time in 2 rounds. Roy was never going to fight him but tarvers mouth made it happen and then he backed it up.I give credit to tarver for ruining Roy's career because he was never the same after that.

The Shadow says:

[QUOTE=deepwater2;46649]Sonnen has some great trash talking skill and even better marketing skills . He got some great matches being a so so fighter. The John jones pizza special at his pizza shop turned a negative into a positive . Jon jones pizza , lots of chicken and full of cheese. You can't discount tarver , forcing the Roy jones fight, asking Roy if he had an excuses tonight ,and knocking out cold the baddest man on the planet at that time in 2 rounds. Roy was never going to fight him but tarvers mouth made it happen and then he backed it up.I give credit to tarver for ruining Roy's career because he was never the same after that.[/QUOTE]

Lol yeah he's funny.

Tarver is another delusional a-hole though. Yeah, he beat an eroded Jones who went on to get KO'd by a guy with 84 losses in his next fight. He's still harping on that years later.

He needs to get a new identity. Seriously. Modern fans have long forgotten about Jones' dominance (which is sad) because he allowed himself to get flattened so many times since then, so Tarver's victory holds little merit.

It's like if George Foreman, when he came back in 1987, would talk about how he deserved a title shot because he beat an undefeated Joe Frazier back in the 70s.

Who the heck would've taken him seriously? Instead George fought his way up, created a new identity, carved out a nice niche and made a nice living for himself as a middle aged man.

Tarver needs to do the same and not bask in the ambiance of a victory more than a generation ago. Fact is, the story wasnt that Tarver won.

It was that Jones [I]lost[/I].

Besides, the last memory fight fans have of Tarver is being beaten from pillar to post by a 42-year-old middleweight coming off two straight defeats.

Shut up and fight or go home. That being said, I wish him the best.

The Commish says:

Ouch, Shadow. You just beat Tarver again from pillar to post.

Do you really want to see him fight again? I don't.

Let's see what kind of promoter he makes.

-Randy G.

The Shadow says:

[QUOTE=The Commish;46701]Ouch, Shadow. You just beat Tarver again from pillar to post.

Do you really want to see him fight again? I don't.

Let's see what kind of promoter he makes.

-Randy G.[/QUOTE]

I saw him the last time out. He just doesn't seem that dedicated. Also saw him vs. Lateef Kayode (cool name – Kayo) where he would complain and make excuses, even though he cheated.

While tons of people in boxing cheat, including revered good guys like Shane Mosley, I don't like what it says about his character and work ethic.

If he can find a nice niche as a promoter, I would be happy for him. If he insists on fighting, stop telling everyone you can beat Klitschko. You don't sound inspirational. You just sound crazy.

Work your way up, beat 5 overmatched guys, take on a top 25 guy, maybe a David Tua or another faded ex challenger abroad, beat a fringe contender and then state your case.

From a matchmaking perspective, this hardly seems impossible. He just need to get real about the equity of his name value. He seems to think his name is enough to propel him to an instant title shot.

And I don't think he has the patience or willingness to go through that many training camps for peanuts. If he really wanted to be champ, like George did, this shouldn't be a problem. Somehow, I don't get the impression that he does.

Like I said, it seems like he expects his name to be enough when his recent outings have done nothing to suggest he can do anything at all with a Klitschko.

The Commish says:

Very true, Shadow. Tarver is still living on his putting Roy Jones Jr. to sleep. Good point about Foreman, who didn't continually remind us of how he beat undefeated Joe Frazier 100 years earlier. He just went out and fought. Then he captured us with his eating burgers and his grill. He re-invented himself. He went from being a mean, sullen fighter to being a jovial giant who could punch with the best of them–just ask Michael Moorer.

Tarver's massive debts were paid for by Al Haymon. Tarver said he will repay Haymon by winning the heavyweight championship. He saw me recently and asked if he could come on SiriusXM with me & Gerry Cooney and talk about his challenging Klitschko. I told him I'd love to have him on, but couldn't seriously sit there and let him do a WWE job on the listeners. I told him I'd have to ask him tough questions. Like the drug test he failed. Getting axed immediately from his announcing gig at Showtime. Like his debt problems. He then backed off.

I really do wish Antonio Tarver well. Boxing could certainly use more promoters. Hopefully, the promotional field will be the second coming of Antonio Tarver. It's for certain, though, that he is not going to be another George Foreman.

-Randy G.

The Shadow says:

[QUOTE=The Commish;46732]Very true, Shadow. Tarver is still living on his putting Roy Jones Jr. to sleep. Good point about Foreman, who didn't continually remind us of how he beat undefeated Joe Frazier 100 years earlier. He just went out and fought. Then he captured us with his eating burgers and his grill. He re-invented himself. He went from being a mean, sullen fighter to being a jovial giant who could punch with the best of them–just ask Michael Moorer.

Tarver's massive debts were paid for by Al Haymon. Tarver said he will repay Haymon by winning the heavyweight championship. He saw me recently and asked if he could come on SiriusXM with me & Gerry Cooney and talk about his challenging Klitschko. I told him I'd love to have him on, but couldn't seriously sit there and let him do a WWE job on the listeners. I told him I'd have to ask him tough questions. Like the drug test he failed. Getting axed immediately from his announcing gig at Showtime. Like his debt problems. He then backed off.

I really do wish Antonio Tarver well. Boxing could certainly use more promoters. Hopefully, the promotional field will be the second coming of Antonio Tarver. It's for certain, though, that he is not going to be another George Foreman.

-Randy G.[/QUOTE]

You're a ready dude, Randy! You didn't just let him use you as a platform like they can get away with a lot of tmes in New Age “Journalism.”

You kept it the way it's supposed to be. We need more guys like you. Props.

Truth is he does have news value and there are journalistic stories to tell. Unfortunately for him, the real story as it pertains to Tarver these days is that which you mention: losing his job, losing his millions, failing the test which he just so happened to not be able to explain. Oh my! How could it be! Now the gambling is a relevant story also.

Instead of being delusional, it actually could help shed a light on the lifestyle they lead, professional athletes' problematic management of finances, discussing some of the darker sides of boxing.

He wouldn't do it. So neither would you. Great job, man. Lots of respect from here!

amayseng says:

With the state of the HW division I would not be opposed to putting Tarver in there with Wlad. Hell that fight may actually make HBO. Considering Wlad is boring and holds more than he punches it is as least intriguing.

The Shadow says:

[QUOTE=amayseng;46839]With the state of the HW division I would not be opposed to putting Tarver in there with Wlad. Hell that fight may actually make HBO. Considering Wlad is boring and holds more than he punches it is as least intriguing.[/QUOTE]

You think the division is bad? I think it's hotter than its been in a long time. Tarver better get in line. I see 8-10 guys in America alone ahead of him, name and ranking wise.

If he does indeed fight Wlad, cue Al Green.

“Lean on me….when you're not strong….”

Wlad will lean and hug him to death and finish him off when Tarver is out of gas.

The Shadow says:

Here's a good fight that would give him that shortcut he desperately craves.

Fight Eddie Cambers. Eddie would take it. Both small heavyweights. If he beats him, take on Cunningham or Adamek, if he can land the fight (though that's harder to put together).

Now start with Chambers. That should open up some doors. That's a nice risk/reward fight. Especially considering Chambers has trouble financially, has no promoter and will take anything.

It's a tough fight. If he can beat him, he will know that he can make noise in the Top 10. If not, then he might as well pick his bags b/c he ain't getting Wlad, let along beating him.

TingsSproledo says:

At least Tarver said he wants to fight a Top 10 ranked guy first to prove he deserves the shot.

The Good Doctor says:

[QUOTE=The Shadow;46846]Here's a good fight that would give him that shortcut he desperately craves.

Fight Eddie Cambers. Eddie would take it. Both small heavyweights. If he beats him, take on Cunningham or Adamek, if he can land the fight (though that's harder to it together).

Not start with Chambers. That should open up some doors. That's a nice risk/reward fight. Especially considering Chambers has trouble financially, has no promoter and will take anything.

It's a tough fight. If he can beat him, he will know that he can make noise in the Top 10. If not, then he might as well pick his bags b/c he ain't getting Wlad, let along beating him.[/QUOTE]

Like the idea Shadow. Eddie is a decent fighter just too small for Heavyweight. If Tarver can beat him, I think it somewhat legitimizes his talk. In my humble opinion though, I think Eddie would slaughter him. Eddie who has not been his best lately, is still somewhat elusive, can bring some fire, and has a ton of heart. I saw the dude go out on his shield against Wlad and saw him fight Adamek for two thirds of the fight with one arm and keep it competitive. Tarver looked awful against Kayode and was fortunate to get a draw. Sure he looked good in his last fight against some dude named Shepard with 15 L's but that dude had the boxing skill of a door handle.

Tarver should be motivated too because he is in to Haymon for about 300K. He was even quoted as saying “I'll repay my debt to Al by becoming the Heavyweight champion”

The Shadow says:

[QUOTE=The Good Doctor;47028]Like the idea Shadow. Eddie is a decent fighter just too small for Heavyweight. If Tarver can beat him, I think it somewhat legitimizes his talk. In my humble opinion though, I think Eddie would slaughter him. Eddie who has not been his best lately, is still somewhat elusive, can bring some fire, and has a ton of heart. I saw the dude go out on his shield against Wlad and saw him fight Adamek for two thirds of the fight with one arm and keep it competitive. Tarver looked awful against Kayode and was fortunate to get a draw. Sure he looked good in his last fight against some dude named Shepard with 15 L's but that dude had the boxing skill of a door handle.

Tarver should be motivated too because he is in to Haymon for about 300K. He was even quoted as saying “I'll repay my debt to Al by becoming the Heavyweight champion”[/QUOTE]

Lol boxing skill of a door handle! You know what was funny about it? They actually said on the air that the dude had a day job — and he was a plumber!!!! LMAO it doesn't get any worse than that.

I think Eddie beats him, too. But he's not a KO puncher and Tarver seems to think he has the best skill. Let us see. If it does happen, and Tarver beats him, I think some people will take him more serious.

Eddie has been working out in England though, looking ripped (by his standards). Lol some guys just have awful bodies.