Feature | Sep 05 2014

Antonio Tarver claims he the best defensive fighter in history and intends to punish Johnathon Banks on September 29

Then Tarver, 45, plans on knocking out David Haye and Wladimir Klitschko

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.


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