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Antonio Tarver Record

Total Fights39
Title Wins7
Title Defenses1
Title-Fight KOs1
KO Wins22
KO Losses0
Antonio Tarver Record & Stats
Antonio Tarver's Record
Antonio Tarver's boxing record and career infographic

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      What is Antonio Tarver's boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 18 years and five months, Antonio Tarver fought 39 times with 31 wins, 6 losses, and 1 draw.

      Tarver retired from professional boxing with a record of 31-6-1, which included seven light-heavyweight world-title wins and one successful title defense fight. He had a 57.9% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 22 of his total 39 fights being knockout wins, one of which was in a title fight. Tarver never lost via knockout.

      His last fight was a 12-round split decision draw against Steve Cunningham on August 14, 2015.

      Some of Tarver's best fights and notable victories include wins over Hall-of-Famer Roy Jones Jr., Glen Johnson, Clinton Woods, and Montell Griffin.

      39Aug 14, 201546Steve CunninghamDrawSD
      38Dec 11, 201446Johnathon BanksWinTKO7
      37Nov 26, 201345Mike SheppardWinTKO4
      36Jun 2, 201243Lateef KayodeNCSD
      35Jun 20, 201142Danny GreenWinRTD9
      34Oct 15, 201041Nagy AguileraWinUD
      33May 9, 200940Chad DawsonLoss *UD
      32Oct 11, 200839Chad DawsonLoss *UD
      31Apr 12, 200839Clinton WoodsWin *UD
      30Dec 1, 200739Danny SantiagoWinTKO4
      29Jun 9, 200738Elvir MuriqiWinMD
      28Jun 10, 200637Bernard HopkinsLoss *UD
      27Oct 1, 200536Roy Jones Jr.Win *UD
      26Jun 18, 200536Glen JohnsonWin *UD
      25Dec 18, 200436Glen JohnsonLoss *SD
      24May 15, 200435Roy Jones Jr.Win *TKO2
      23Nov 8, 200334Roy Jones Jr.Loss *MD
      22Apr 26, 200334Montell GriffinWin *UD
      21Jul 20, 200233Eric HardingWinTKO5
      20Jan 25, 200233Reggie JohnsonWinSD
      19Aug 3, 200132Chris JohnsonWinKO10
      18Feb 24, 200132Lincoln CarterWinTKO5
      17Jun 23, 200031Eric HardingLossUD
      16Feb 29, 200031Ernest MateenWinKO1
      15Oct 2, 199930Mohamed BenguesmiaWinTKO9
      14Jun 12, 199930Jerry WilliamsWinTKO5
      13Mar 27, 199930Roy FrancisWinTKO3
      12Feb 5, 199930John WilliamsWinKO4
      11Aug 30, 199829Rocky GannonWinTKO2
      10Jun 23, 199829Jose Luis RiveraWinRTD4
      9Mar 24, 199829Charles OliverWinUD
      8Jan 17, 199829Boyer ChewWinTKO7
      7Dec 2, 199729Roy FrancisWinTKO2
      6Oct 28, 199728Benito FernandezWinTKO3
      5Oct 4, 199728Berry ButlerWinUD
      4Aug 12, 199728Shelby GrossWinTKO1
      3Jun 21, 199728Tracy BarriosWinTKO3
      2Apr 29, 199728Jason BurrellWinTKO3
      1Feb 18, 199728Joaquin GarciaWinTKO2

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Antonio Tarver (The Magic Man) is a 55-year old retired American professional boxer. He was born in Orlando, Florida, U.S. on November 21, 1968. He is a former light-heavyweight world champion. His professional boxing career spanned more than 18 years — from 1997 to 2015.

      Tarver made his professional boxing debut against Joaquin Garcia at the age of 28 on February 18, 1997, defeating Garcia via 2nd round TKO. He went on to win 15 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 13 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 34 on April 26, 2003 after 21 professional fights, against Montell Griffin for the light-heavyweight WBC (vacant) and IBF titles. He defeated Griffin via 12 round unanimous decision to become the light-heavyweight champion of the world.

      Antonio Tarver was a two-time unified light-heavyweight world champion, and has won seven world titles at light-heavyweight. For all the details about Tarver's world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Tarver had a total of six losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a non-title bout against fellow American boxer Steve Cunningham on August 14, 2015. The fight ended in a 12 round split decision draw. It's been 8 years, 10 months, and 7 days since this fight.


      Tarver had a total of 10 world-title fights, which includes winning seven world titles and one successful title defense. He won five of these fights and lost five.

      Title Wins

      Antonio Tarver fought for light-heavyweight world titles in six fights and won four of these fights, winning one of them via way of stoppage. In total, he won seven light-heavyweight belts.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Apr 12, 2008Clinton WoodsLight-heavyweightIBFUD
      Jun 18, 2005Glen JohnsonLight-heavyweightThe RingUD
      May 15, 2004^Roy Jones Jr.Light-heavyweightWBA (Super), WBC, The RingTKO
      Apr 26, 2003^Montell GriffinLight-heavyweightWBC*, IBFUD
      ^ Became unified world champion
      * Vacant title

      Title Defenses

      Antonio Tarver had five light-heavyweight world-title defense fights. He won once and lost four times.

      Following is the table of his successful title defense fights, the next section has the fights where he lost his titles.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Oct 1, 2005Roy Jones Jr.Light-heavyweightThe RingUD

      Title Losses

      Antonio Tarver lost four world-title defense fights, and lost a total of four titles in these fights.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Oct 11, 2008Chad DawsonLight-heavyweightIBFUD
      Jun 10, 2006Bernard HopkinsLight-heavyweightThe RingUD
      Dec 18, 2004Glen JohnsonLight-heavyweightThe RingSD
      Nov 8, 2003Roy Jones Jr.Light-heavyweightWBCMD


      Tarver fought a total of 39 times during his professional career, which includes 10 world-title fights at the light-heavyweight division. He put on some very good performances in these fights. These five fights are the highlight of his career.

      • April 26, 2003: Tarver becomes a unified light-heavyweight world champion by beating Montell Griffin via 12 round unanimous decision, in his first world-title fight. He now holds the WBC and IBF light-heavyweight world-champion belts.

      • May 15, 2004: Tarver becomes a unified light-heavyweight world champion by beating Roy Jones Jr. via 2nd round TKO. He now holds the WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring light-heavyweight world-champion belts.

      • June 18, 2005: Tarver wins The Ring light-heavyweight title from Glen Johnson, by beating Johnson via 12 round unanimous decision.

      • October 1, 2005: Tarver successfully defends The Ring light-heavyweight title against Roy Jones Jr., winning the fight via 12 round unanimous decision.

      • April 12, 2008: Tarver wins the IBF light-heavyweight title from Clinton Woods, by beating Woods via 12 round unanimous decision.


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