THE long, arduous journey continues later this month for former world light-heavyweight champion and 2004 U.S. Olympian Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver. The ultra-confident 45-year-old southpaw is on a mission to capture the world heavyweight title, and thus securing his legacy.
Tarver returns to the ring September 29 against veteran Johnathon Banks in the 10-round main event, on a Golden Boy Promotions card, airing live on Fox Sports 1 from State Farm Arena in Hildalgo, Texas.
“Al (Haymon, his adviser) has given me this chance,” Tarver explained. “If I retired tomorrow, I would feel unfulfilled despite so much I’ve done as a fighter. The only reason I get up every morning to train hard is to win the world heavyweight championship. I’m on a dream path again. Outside of falling a little short in Atlanta (he won a bronze medal, losing to eventual champion Vassiliy Jirov), I’ve never had a dream in or out of the ring that I didn’t accomplish. I won the world light heavyweight title, made it to Hollywood (starring as Mason Dixon in Rocky VI), and did commentary for a major network.