Antonio Tarver Record, Net Worth, Weight, Age & More!
Who is Antonio Tarver?
Antonio Tarver was born on November 21, 1968. He is former professional boxer as well as a boxing commentator. He competed between the years of 1997 and 2015. During his tenure as a boxer he held multiple light heavyweight world championships. During his career he would hold the WBA, WBC, IBF and Ring Magazine titles. He would also hold the IBO light heavyweight and cruiserweight titles during his storied career.
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In 1996, Antonio Tarver represented the US in the Olympic games and would win a bronze medal in the light heavyweight division. The year prior, Tarver had also won gold medals at the Pan American Games and the US National Championships.
Antonio Tarver is the only boxer in history to have won the gold medal at the Pan American Games, the World Championships and the US Nationals all in the same year.
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How Old is Antonio Tarver?
Antonio Tarver was born on November 21, 1968. He is currently 52 years old.
Antonio Tarver Family
Antonio Tarver was married to his spouse Denise Tarver from 1999-2004. He has one son, Antonio Jr.
How Much is Antonio Tarver Worth?
Antonio Tarver's net worth is estimated to be at least 1 million dollars.
How Tall is Antonio Tarver?
Antonio Tarver stands 6 feet 2 inches tall.
How Much Does Antonio Tarver Weigh?
Antonio Tarver weights 198 lbs.
Antonio Tarver's Fight List
Antonio Tarver had a very successful amateur fight career before turning professional. In 1993 and 1995 he was the US Amateur Light Heavyweight Champion. In 1994, he was the National Gold Gloves Light Heavyweight Champion. In 1996, at the Olympics in Atlanta, he earned the bronze medal for the US.
Antonio Tarver would make his professional debut at the age of 28 in 1997 with a fight against Joaquin Garcia. He would secure a second-round knockout in his first fight of his professional career.
Tarver would go on to win his first 16 fights, with 14 of them being by knockout. In 2000, Tarver would suffer his first professional lost when he met Eric Harding. Tarver would be knocked down in the 11th round and Harding would earn the unanimous decision. This fight happened to be an IBF title elimination bout, with the winner slated to face Roy Jones Jr.
In 2002, Antonio Tarver defeated former two-weight world champ Reggie Johnson by split decision. This victory secured the NABF and USBA light-heavyweight titles and would also set up a match up against Roy Jones. Antonio Tarver would score a 5th round stoppage over Eric Harding avenging his first lost.
In the Spring of 2003, Antonio Tarver would face WBC Champion Montel Griffin in his first world title shot going for the WBC and IBF light-heavyweight titles that had recently been vacated by Roy Jones Jr. Antonio Tarver was able to drop Griffin in in the first and last rounds, earning the championship with the unanimous decision.
Antonio Tarver would battle Roy Jones in several highly contested bouts. In May of 2004, Tarver knocked Jones out in the second round. Jones had only been sent to the floor one time in his previous fights, so Antonio Tarver had truly shocked the world.
Antonio Tarver's victory over Roy Jones Jr. brought a great deal of celebrity to the boxer, complete with appearances on television talk shows and many magazine covers.
In 2004, Tarver decided to fight Glen Johnson, the IBF title holder. Despite pressure from the other boxing governing bodies and being stripped of a number of his titles, Antonio Tarver proceeded with the fight.
Antonio Tarver was seen by most to be the favorite to win the fight. But in a split decision, he was defeated by Johnson and did not appear to be top fight shape. Tarver would return six months later and avenge the last fight with a unanimous decision against Johnson to regain the Ring Championship.
Antonio Tarver and Roy Jones would meet again for a third fight in 2005. Tarver would win the unanimous decision after almost knocking Jones down late in the fight during the 11th round.
In June of 2006, Antonio Tarver faced Bernard Hopkins, the undisputed world middleweight champion. Hopkins would enter the fight a 3 to 1 underdog against Tarver. Hopkins would dominate the fight and secure a unanimous decision. At this point in his career Tarver would hold a 24 win and 4 loss record, with 18 wins coming by way of knockout.
In his return to the ring a year later, Antonio Tarver would defeat Albanian fighter Elvir Muriqi by a majority decision. He would next earn a TKO victory over Danny Santiago. Tarver would then regain the IBF title by defeating Clinton Woods.
In October of 2008, Tarver would take on up and comer Chad Dawson for the IBF title. Antonio Tarver would lose the fight via unanimous decision. After the loss, there was some speculation that Antonio Tarver would make the decision to retire. Instead, Tarver made the decision to rematch Chad Dawson in March of 2009.
The original March rematch would come and go because of an injury suffered by Dawson. Finally in May the two would meet again with Tarver coming in as a 5 to 1 underdog. Tarver would lose a unanimous decision.
After the rematch and second loss to Dawson, Antonio Tarver would take some time off, not returning until October 2010 to take a victory against Nagy Aguilera in a heavyweight bout. For this fight, Tarver weighed in at 221 lbs, nearly 50 lbs more than he had for his last match with Dawson.
In July of 2011, Antonio Tarver would meet IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green. Antonio Tarver would dominate their fight knocking Green down early in the fight and controlling the action after the 2nd round knockdown. After an onslaught of punishment from Tarver at the end of the 9th round, Danny Green would be unable to return for the start of round 10. This would give Antonio Tarver the title via TKO.
Most recently, it was announced that Tarver would return the ring for the first time since 2015 to fight on the undercard of the Jake Paul Vs. Ben Askren boxing match. He was scheduled to fight MMA fighter and former UFC heavyweight title holder Frank Mir in a bout, but was unable to be cleared by the Georgia Athletic Commission.
Antonio Tarver's Best Fight of All Time
Antonio Tarver's best fight would arguably be his defeat of Roy Jones Jr. which helped catapult him into the media spotlight.
Who Did Antonio Tarver Lose to?
Antonio Tarver's first professional loss came at the hands of Eric Harding, a loss he avenged later. Antonio Tarver has also met decision defeats by Chad Dawson, Roy Jones Jr., Glen Johnson and Bernard Hopkins. He has never been knocked out.
Antonio Tarver's Record
Antonio Tarver's record currently stands at 39 fights. He earned 31 wins and was defeated 6 times. He also has 1 no contest and 1 draw on his record.
Antonio Tarver's Injuries
There is no public record of injuries impacting his fighting schedule, barring the decision by Georgia to not allow him to proceed with his match with Frank Mir.
Is Antonio Tarver Retired?
Antonio Tarver is currently retired from boxing.
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