Former world champion Antonio Tarver has told WBN that he’s sick of the politics in boxing after sending over a video posted live on Facebook for World Boxing News to share with the fans.
The 47 year-old, who is undefeated since 2009, has found it difficult to secure fights in recent times, despite claiming victories over cruiserweight and heavyweight contender like Danny Green and Johnathon Banks, plus more recently scoring a split draw with Steve Cunningham.
Tarver’s name is currently smeared due to reports of a failed drugs test in 2015, which the American has vehemently denied, but comes on the back of a positive sample in 2012 that saw his bout with Lateef Kayode labelled a no contest.
In the video, Tarver readily admits to making a mistake in the Kayode fight but has found it difficult to shake off the tag of cheat – which is now affecting his ability to make any significant money in the sport.
A six-month ban in 2016 was unsubstantiated, according to Tarver, and there’s never been anything to back it up. It’s been almost a year since the Cunningham win and Tarver is obviously highly disappointed that his willingness to fight any of the top fighters is being completely ignored.
David Haye, Anthony Joshua and Tony Bellew are all UK targets for Tarver who wants the opportunity to fight on UK soil, but says his attempts to contact promoter Eddie Hearn have been unsuccessful.
On home soil, there’s a mass of options out there for Tarver, although ‘The Magic Man’ is convinced there are forces behind the lack of opportunities being afforded to him in the current climate.
The 12-minute plus clip shows a boxer’s considerable frustration at wanting to be given the chance to prove himself before it’s too late and more and than willing to be subjected to any kind of testing or monitoring necessary to get his career back on track.