Antonio Tarver Tickets
Antonio Tarver (born November 21, 1968), nicknamed the "Magic Man", is a professional boxer from Orlando, Florida, who is the former undisputed light heavyweight champion of the world. He was the first man ever to knock out Roy Jones Jr..
Tarver built an impressive amateur career, which included winning a bronze medal while representing the United States at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. He captured the world title at the 1995 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Berlin, just two months after having triumphed at the Pan American Games in Mar del Plata.
In 2006, Antonio Tarver starred as Mason "The Line" Dixon, the heavyweight division champion in the film Rocky Balboa.
On April 26, 2003, Antonio Tarver received his first world title shot, when he faced former world champion Montell Griffin for the IBF and WBC world light-heavyweight titles that had been vacated by Roy Jones Jr., who had gone on to beat John Ruiz for the WBA world heavyweight title the previous month. After dropping Griffin in both of the first two rounds, Antonio Tarver was crowned world Light Heavyweight champion after winning a unanimous decision.
Next, Roy Jones Jr. decided against defending his heavyweight title and instead announced his plan to return and take back the Light Heavyweight belts. Given little chance of winning, Antonio Tarver surprised fan and expert alike by taking Jones the distance and losing the fight by a close majority decision on November 8, 2003, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Because some of those that saw the fight thought that Antonio Tarver had actually done enough to win the fight, a small but well-publicized controversy ensued, leading to the pair's second fight. Because of Jones's proven ability to adjust to opponents' styles during rematches, experts did not believe Antonio Tarver would pose much of a threat in the second fight on May 15, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nevertheless, Antonio Tarver produced the upset and recovered the world titles by knocking Jones out in the second round. In the eyes of most observers, it wasn't as shocking that he had beaten Roy Jones Jr. as it was that he had knocked him out; in fifty previous fights, Roy Jones Jr. had been sent to the floor only once, and he had never lost a fight by knockout.