The 46-year-old emerged from an insipid heavyweight encounter with Johnathon Banks with his arms raised in victory, but Wladimir Klitschko can rest easy.
The first six rounds were horrendous. Tarver pawed cautiously, while Banks offered virtually nothing. Banks has only dabbled with fighting since taking over the duties of his mentor, Emanuel Steward, as Klitschko’s trainer. The lack of commitment showed.