At 45, Tarver is fast running out of time in his quest to fulfil his dream of winning the heavyweight title and he that knows facing the likes of Banks will push him on towards a top ten ranking.
The southpaw is about to begin camp for the clash which takes place at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas and will have a new face in the gym when he gets to work for his encounter with Wladimir Klitschko’s trainer.
“First off I’d like to welcome the newest member of Team Tarver, who is Orlando Cuellar from Miami,” Tarver told World Boxing News.
“Most remember him as being ‘Road Warrior’ Glen Johnson’s trainer and will remember the wars we had. I think this was the last piece of the puzzle and at this stage of my career I needed a fresh start, a new birth of sort.
“I need to be able to let go everything and be comfortable with my trainer. I trust this new training and at this stage it shows my commitment to do what ever it takes. We report to Miami on Monday to start my official training camp for Banks, which I feel will answer everyone’s questions about my ability at Heavyweight.
“I am eager to put on a performance and not to mention that my one and only son Antonio Tarver Jr. has decided to follow in his father’s footsteps. I never planned for this but I am glad he has chosen boxing, and even though he has to overcome little-to-no amateur experience, he has shown to be a fast learner and an even more dedicated athlete.
“I’m excited to see what’s the hopefully a long and successful career and he will debut at 154lbs,” he added.
Antonio Jr, 26, will participate in a four-rounder on the bill as dad aims for a 31st win from his 38th contest. A full undercard is expected to be announced by Golden Boy in the next two weeks.
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