Antonio Tarver
Antonio Tarver

Antonio Tarver

“Magic Man”

RECORD

31 - 6 - 1

KOs

22

Weight 217 lbs (98.64 kg)

Age 49

Home Tampa, Florida,

Complete Stats

Three-time 175-pound champion Antonio Tarver has worked in TV and movies, and the "Magic Man” is now chasing history as a 48-year-old heavyweight. Read Bio

I have more knowledge of the ring than anybody in the heavyweight division.

Last Fight

Antonio Tarver and Steve Cunningham

draw vs Steve Cunningham

Aug 14, 2015 / Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey

In a fight that was tight all the way through, Tarver and Cunningham battled to a split draw.

Latest News

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Steve Cunningham and Antonio TarverPBC Boxing Video
Aug 17, 2015 / Antonio Tarver, Steve Cunningham, Tarver vs Cunningham

Steve Cunningham feels bamboozled after disappointing draw with Antonio Tarver

Steve Cunningham’s words are testing his gag reflex, like verbal ipecac. As he speaks about the man he faced in the ring Friday night, he sounds as if he’d just swallowed a bug—a bug with pinchers the size of pruning shears.

Antonio Tarver and Steve CunninghamPBC Boxing Video
Aug 17, 2015 / Antonio Tarver, Steve Cunningham, Tarver vs Cunningham

Antonio Tarver undaunted by draw in his pursuit of heavyweight title shot

Antonio Tarver sat on the couch in his locker room late Friday night searching his empty palms for answers that were nowhere to be found.

Antonio Tarver and Steve Cunningham
Aug 15, 2015 / Antonio Tarver, Steve Cunningham, Tarver vs Cunningham

Antonio Tarver, Steve Cunningham find no joy in stalemate

Antonio Tarver and Steve Cunningham each came into Friday night’s fight hoping to elevate his status in the heavyweight division. But after their draw at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, a shot at a world title might be no closer for either man.

Fights

Fights

Aug 14, 2015 Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey

Antonio Tarver DRAWS with Steve Cunningham by DR in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Johnathon Banks 29-2-1

Dec 11, 2014 Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Johnathon Banks by KO in Round 7 of 10

Win vs Mike Sheppard 21-15-1

Nov 26, 2013 BB&t Center, Sunrise, Florida, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Mike Sheppard by TKO in Round 4 of 10

No Contest vs Lateef Kayode 18-0-0

Jun 02, 2012 Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA

Antonio Tarver Lateef Kayode by ND in Round 12 of 12

WIN vs Danny Green 31-3-0

Jul 20, 2011 Entertainment Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Danny Green LOSES to Antonio Tarver by RTD in Round 9 of 12

Win vs Nagy Aguilera 16-4-0

Oct 15, 2010 Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Nagy Aguilera by UD in Round 10 of 10

LOSS vs Chad Dawson 27-0-0

May 09, 2009 Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Chad Dawson WINS against Antonio Tarver by UD in Round 12 of 12

LOSS vs Chad Dawson 26-0-0

Oct 11, 2008 Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Chad Dawson WINS against Antonio Tarver by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Clinton Woods 41-3-1

Apr 12, 2008 St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Clinton Woods by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Danny Santiago 29-3-1

Dec 01, 2007 Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Danny Santiago by TKO in Round 4 of 12

Win vs Elvir Muriqi 34-3-0

Jun 09, 2007 Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Elvir Muriqi by MD in Round 12 of 12

Loss vs Bernard Hopkins 46-4-1

Jun 10, 2006 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Antonio Tarver LOSES to Bernard Hopkins by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Roy Jones Jr. 49-3-0

Oct 01, 2005 St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Roy Jones Jr. by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Glen Johnson 42-9-2

Jun 18, 2005 FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Glen Johnson by UD in Round 12 of 12

Loss vs Glen Johnson 41-9-2

Dec 18, 2004 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA

Antonio Tarver LOSES to Glen Johnson by SD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Roy Jones Jr 49-1-0

May 15, 2004 Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Roy Jones Jr by TKO in Round 2 of 12

Win vs Roy Jones Jr. 49-1-0

May 15, 2004 Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Roy Jones Jr. by TKO in Round 2 of 12

LOSS vs Roy Jones Jr 48-1-0

Nov 08, 2003 Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Roy Jones Jr WINS against Antonio Tarver by MD in Round 12 of 12

LOSS vs Roy Jones Jr. 48-1-0

Nov 08, 2003 Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Roy Jones Jr. WINS against Antonio Tarver by MD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Montell Griffin 44-3-0

Apr 26, 2003 Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Montell Griffin by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Eric Harding 21-1-1

Jul 20, 2002 Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Eric Harding by TKO in Round 5 of 10

Win vs Reggie Johnson 42-6-1

Jan 25, 2002 Ramada Plaza, Rosemont, Illinois, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Reggie Johnson by SD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Chris Johnson 26-2-1

Aug 03, 2001 Yakama Legends Casino, Toppenish, Washington, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Chris Johnson by KO in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Lincoln Carter 22-0-0

Feb 24, 2001 Ice Palace, Tampa, Florida, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Lincoln Carter by TKO in Round 5 of 10

LOSS vs Eric Harding 18-0-1

Jun 23, 2000 Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

Eric Harding WINS against Antonio Tarver by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Ernest Mateen 24-8-2

Feb 29, 2000 Plaza Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Ernest Mateen by KO in Round 1 of 10

Win vs Mohamed Benguesmia 13-1-0

Oct 02, 1999 Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Mohamed Benguesmia by TKO in Round 9 of 10

Win vs Jerry Williams 10-6-1

Jun 12, 1999 Shriner's Auditorium, Wilmington, Massachusetts, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Jerry Williams by TKO in Round 5 of 0

Win vs Roy Francis 5-6-3

Mar 27, 1999 Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Roy Francis by TKO in Round 3 of 0

Win vs John Williams 20-5-0

Feb 05, 1999 Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against John Williams by KO in Round 4 of 12

Win vs Rocky Gannon 29-8-0

Aug 30, 1998 Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Rocky Gannon by TKO in Round 2 of 10

Win vs Jose Luis Rivera 15-1-0

Jun 23, 1998 Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Jose Luis Rivera by RTD in Round 4 of 10

Win vs Charles Oliver 18-6-1

Mar 24, 1998 Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Charles Oliver by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Boyer Chew 5-7-0

Jan 17, 1998 Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Boyer Chew by TKO in Round 7 of 8

Win vs Roy Francis 5-4-3

Dec 02, 1997 Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Roy Francis by TKO in Round 2 of 6

Win vs Benito Fernandez 17-8-0

Oct 28, 1997 Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Benito Fernandez by TKO in Round 3 of 0

Win vs Berry Butler 7-9-0

Oct 04, 1997 Caesars Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Berry Butler by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Shelby Gross 4-0-0

Aug 12, 1997 Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Shelby Gross by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Tracy Barrios 5-6-0

Jun 21, 1997 Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Tracy Barrios by TKO in Round 3 of 6

Win vs Jason Burrell 2-1-2

Apr 29, 1997 Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Jason Burrell by TKO in Round 3 of 4

Win vs Joaquin Garcia 4-0-0

Feb 18, 1997 Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Antonio Tarver WINS against Joaquin Garcia by TKO in Round 2 of 4

Stats

Antonio Tarver “Magic Man”

  • WINS 31
  • LOSSES 6
  • DRAWS 1
  • KOs 22

Weight 217 lbs (98.64 kg)

Height 6'2" (1.88 m)

Reach 75" (191 cm)

  • Born

    November 21, 1968
  • Age

    49
  • Country

    USA
  • Born in

    Orlando, FL
  • Trains in

    Tampa, FL
  • Stance

    Southpaw
  • Rounds Boxed

    287
  • KO Percentage

    56%
  • Boxing Hero

    Marvin Hagler

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Bio

Bio

Antonio Tarver has performed on just about every stage available to a boxer. The Florida native medaled in an Olympics, won multiple world titles at 175 pounds, was part of a historic rivalry, co-starred in one of the “Rocky” sequels and also works as a ringside TV analyst. Now, the 46-year-old southpaw is seeking his biggest role: oldest heavyweight champion in history.

Antonio Tarver
Antonio Tarver celebrates on the podium after winning the gold medal in the 178-pound boxing competition at the Pan American Games in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on March 26, 1995.

A star from the start

Tarver began fighting as a teenager in his hometown of Orlando, Florida, and won the U.S. amateur championship at 178 pounds in 1993, and the National Golden Gloves in 1994.

After sweeping the Pan American Games, the U.S. National Amateur Championships and the World Amateur Boxing Championships in 1995, Tarver capped his stellar amateur career with a bronze medal at 178 pounds in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

With no worlds left to conquer as an amateur, Tarver made his professional debut February 1997 at the age of 28, gaining a second-round technical knockout of Joaquin Garcia in Philadelphia.

Tarver ran his record to 16-0 before losing a unanimous decision to Eric Harding in a battle of unbeaten contenders in June 2000.

He avenged that loss in July 2002, setting up a title shot against Montell Griffin.

Tarver knocked Griffin down in the first and final rounds, pitching a 12-round shutout to earn his first world championship.

Antonio Tarver and Roy Jones Jr.
Antonio Tarver backs Roy Jones Jr. into a corner in Las Vegas on November 8, 2003, during the first of their three 175-pound battles. Jones won the opener, but Tarver claimed the subsequent bouts.

A historic rivalry

Tarver’s first title defense would be the start of the defining rivalry of his career—a three-fight series against Roy Jones Jr.

In the first fight, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in November 2003, Tarver dropped a majority decision in which two of the judges heavily favored Jones.

The rematch took place six months later, again at Mandalay Bay. This time, Tarver turned the tables in dramatic fashion.

After Jones dominated the first round, Tarver unloaded in Round 2. He caught Jones with a huge counter left hook that sent the champ sprawling. Jones got back on his feet, but was so unsteady that referee Jay Nady waved a stop to the bout.

Tarver then split a pair of decisions with Glen Johnson before meeting Jones for the final time.

The trilogy concluded in Tampa, Florida, the native state for both fighters, in October 2005.

There were no knockdowns this time, but Tarver again emerged victorious, earning a unanimous decision in the rubber match of the series.

Antonio Tarver and Clinton Woods
Antonio Tarver throws a right hand against Clinton Woods during their 175-pound title fight in Tampa, Florida, on April 12, 2008.

Back on top

Tarver bulked up to more than 210 pounds to play Mason “The Line” Dixon opposite Sylvester Stallone in the film Rocky Balboa.

He then had to lose more than 40 pounds to get back down to 175 for his June 2006 fight against Bernard Hopkins in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Hopkins, a 3-to-1 underdog, dominated the fight and won an overwhelming unanimous decision to give Tarver his fourth career loss.

Following one year away from the ring, during which Rocky Balboa hit movie theaters, Tarver closed 2007 with victories over Elvir Muriqi and Danny Santiago to set up another shot at a world title.

Tarver outclassed Clinton Woods in Tampa in April 2008, displaying his full array of punches as he won a unanimous decision to become a 175-pound world champion for the third time at the age of 39.

Tarver lost his title to Chad Dawson by unanimous decision in October 2008, and came up short in the rematch seven months later. It would be Tarver’s last fight at 175 pounds.

Antonio Tarver and Danny Green
Antonio Tarver backs Danny Green into the ropes in the first round of their 200-pound fight in Sydney on July 20, 2011.

Chasing history as a heavyweight

In 2009, Tarver found another facet of his career when he started working as a ringside TV analyst for Showtime.

After more than a year out of the ring, Tarver returned to action in October 2010. He won a unanimous decision over Nagy Aguilera as a heavyweight, but then took another lengthy layoff.

In July 2011, Tarver faced Danny Green in a 200-pound matchup in Australia. Tarver floored Green in the second round, and won the fight when Green’s corner threw in the towel in Round 9.

Tarver then stepped back up to the heavyweight division, gaining a fourth-round stoppage of Mike Sheppard in November 2013 and a seventh-round KO of Johnathon Banks in December 2014.

Now part of the PBC on Spike broadcast team, the 46-year old Tarver has his eye on history as he attempts to become the oldest heavyweight champion in history, a record held by George Foreman at age 45.

I know how to fight and I know how to win.