Antonio Tarver letting his fists do the talking versus Steve Cunningham

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Antonio Tarver is stepping out from behind the mic and back into the ring.

Antonio Tarver and Danny Green

Antonio Tarver returns to the ring August 14 after eight months away from the action.

After an eight-month layoff, the former 175-pound world champion will return to action August 14 against Steve Cunningham (28-7, 13 KOs) at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Last time out, the 46-year-old Tarver (31-6, 22 KOs) stopped Johnathon Banks in the seventh round in Temecula, California.

“I got my hands full. I've been off since December,” Antonio Tarver said in Chicago before doing ringside analysis for the Erislandy Lara-Delvin Rodriguez fight on Spike TV on June 12.

“[Cunningham] just lost a very close one. A lot of people thought he won the eliminator, so he was right there on the verge of a world championship. He’s a dangerous opponent who always comes in in great condition, and he’s going to be close to home. I’m focusing on looking my very best and being in the best shape I can be in to defeat Cunningham and move on one step closer to the heavyweight championship.”

Steve Cunningham, 38, lost a unanimous decision to Vyacheslav Glazkovin in Montreal in March. The Philadelphia native and former 200-pound champion has been in some notable fights in his career, including losses to Tyson Fury and twice to Tomasz Adamek.

Tarver has been the ringside analyst for PBC on Spike TV since its March debut. Now he’ll flip the script and fight on the network at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

“The next time I’ll be on PBC, I’ll be in the ring, so that’s a real feel-good for me that I’m able to work as well as do what I love to do, which is fight,” Tarver said in Chicago. “But it’s safer on the side I’m on tonight.”

For full coverage of Tarver vs Cunningham, check out our fight page.

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