Antonio Tarver Open To Doing Exhibition Matches, Eyes Mike Tyson Or Jake Paul
Antonio Tarver is open to returning to the ring in an exhibition match.
Tarver is the former WBA, WBC, IBF, and IBO light heavyweight titles, while also holding the IBO cruiserweight titles. He last fought in 2015 when he fought Steve Cunningham to a draw.
Since then, the 55-year-old hasn’t boxed, but Antonio Tarver is open to returning to box Mike Tyson or Jake Paul in an exhibition match.
The only fight that people seem to let me have is Roy Jones Jr – that’s the only guy I can fight it seems. I fancy the exhibition game and believe I can be a positive asset to it but in everything I try to do, I want to do it big,” Tarver said (h/t BoxingScene). “I’m not going to come into an exhibition situation just to come into it, I would want a big show. People may think at 54 years old that I am still a threat to these young guys that are 30 years younger than me. If you wrap you mind around that, what does that say?
“If a man at 54 right now is a threat to a guy who is 23 or 24 years old, even in an exhibition when it isn’t for real, then it says a lot. I don’t get it. Any event I am involved in, I am going to bring something to the table and it’s going to a positive rather than a negative,” Tarver said. If I were to do an exhibition fight, it would be against a big MMA giant or a major boxing giant like Mike Tyson or the likes of a Logan Paul or Jake Paul. I think it’s suitable for a guy like me.
“It would be an honor to don the ring with the great legendary ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson who has been one of the biggest names in the sport forever. When you look at what he did together with Roy Jones Jr, it was incredible,” Tarver concluded. “Could you imagine Mike Tyson against Antonio Tarver in an exhibition? A lot of people would like to show up and see could Mike Tyson land a bomb on Antonio Tarver or could the ‘Magic Man’ pull a trick out of his hat one more time?”
Antonio Tarver went 31-6-1 and one No Contest. As of right now, it’s uncertain if Paul or Tyson would have any interest in boxing Tarver.
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