42-year-old Antonio Tarver issues challenge to David Haye for April bout
By Jason Kim: Former IBF/WBA/WBC light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver (28-6, 19 KO’s) has called out WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-1, 23 KO’s) on his twitter page. Taver, 42, just recently moved up to the heavyweight division and defeated Nagy Aguilera by a 10 round unanimous decision last year in October. However, despite not even being ranked in the top tier of heavyweight contenders, Tarver had this to say about wanting to fight Haye:
“I hear you got some free time on your hands since you and Klitscchko had to push back. How about how and I get a date around April. You can call it your U.S debut. It’s the biggest fight you can make with a name that don’t end in Klitshcko. No one will give me a chance to beat Haye. But it’s two big names and I just think it makes sense for a big heavyweight fight in the states.”
Sadly, the 42-year-old Tarver would likely be the best heavyweight that Haye will have fought if he does decide to take this fight. Haye has been matched against mediocre heavyweights since moving up from the cruiserweight division in 2008. Tarver would be right in line with the guys Haye has been fighting in the past up until now. The one problem that Haye would have in cherry picking a fight against the aging and undersized Tarver is that it’s time for Haye to fight his mandatory challenger Ruslan Chagaev next. Unless Haye gives Chagaev a step aside fee, Haye could end up getting his WBA title stripped from him if he chooses to fight the 2nd tier Tarver. I can see the World Boxing Association quickly pushing Tarver up the rankings in order for this fight to be made, but technically Haye would have to give Chagaev a step aside fee or else risk having the title stripped from him.
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