Tarver returns Sep. 29 against Banks
- Updated: September 4, 2014
Former light heavyweight champ Antonio Tarver (30-6, 21 KOs) will be back in the ring on Sep. 29, when he’ll take on Johnathan Banks (29-2-1, 19 KOs) in a 10-round heavyweight bout in Hidalgo, Texas.
The bout will serve as the main event on the Golden Boy Live! card on Fox Sports 1.
“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,” said Tarver. “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 and did commentary for a major network.”
Tarver’s last fight was in November 2013, when he scored a TKO over Mike Sheppard. Before that win, Tarver was hit with a no-contest after testing positive for a banned substance following his draw with Lateef Kayode in 2012.
Banks however will be no easy task, as he has a knockout win over Seth Mitchell and is also the current trainer for Wladimir Klitschko.
“I will be world heavyweight champion and I’ll break George Foreman’s record as the oldest. I don’t want to beat just any guy with the world title belt, I want Wladimir Klitschko, and to set-up that fight I will challenge and defeat David Haye, if he has the guts to fight me. Even at 45, I have so much fight in me, and there isn’t a heavyweight I can’t beat in a 12-round fight, unless they knock me out, something nobody’s been able to do in my entire career.”