Exclusive: I’ll come to the UK and kick Whyte’s ass in November, promises Tarver

Antonio Tarver

PBC

Former pound for pound star Antonio Tarver has promised to accept a fight Dillian Whyte in the UK should promoter Eddie Hearn put an official offer on the table.

Tarver, 47, has been involved in a social media spat with Whyte recently, with stern words being exchanged between the pair as the latter seeks an opponent for a big fight on November 26.

Whyte, who is currently lining up a warm-up outing prior to November 26, is pencilled in to be involved in a triple bill labelled, ‘Night of the Giants’ at Manchester Arena and Tarver is keen to be part of the action.

“When it comes to the likes of Dillian Whyte, he’s only lost once and is a good opponent for me. So I can go to the UK and make a big splash,” Tarver exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I haven’t fought in almost a year now and this guy fought just a few weeks ago, but I’ll come over there with no tune-ups. I mean, I’d like to have a tune-up to knock the ring rust off, but without it, I’ll still beat the shit out of him.

“He talks too much, man and I don’t like the way he’s handled the whole situation. How can he have that kind of attitude when he’s done nothing in the sport of boxing? – He can’t even respect the game that he claims he loves.

“I don’t care what he thinks of me personally but you got to respect me as a fighter because my history speaks for itself.

“I’ve told Eddie Hearn we need to start some serious negotiations because I would love to come to the UK and kick Dillian Whyte’s ass in front of his home fans.

“I feel Dillian Whyte is doing the same thing Chris Eubank Jr. did for the Golovkin fight. He’s trying to give himself free publicity. Eddie Hearn is afraid to put Whyte in with me because if he loses he’s got nowhere to go.

“If they are serious for November though and Whyte stops fighting these tomato cans and losers he’s fighting now, then I’ll come to the UK because I’m not one of those guys. I’ve got a long history of championships and he can’t handle me like I’m some club fighter.

“If he wants to fight, November is available. What’s holding him back and what’s holding Eddie Hearn back?”

Anthony Joshua is set to headline the show against either Kubrat Pulev, Bermane Stiverne or Joseph Parker, whilst David Price is also scheduled to be part of a North-West return for ‘AJ’ on the back of five fights in a row at London’s O2 Arena.