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He WILL get in… And you won’t be on the panel because you’re too biased.. But Tarver is older than Jones, and even you had Tarver beating Jones 2 out of 3.. When you win a trilogy over an ATG that’s a big deal.. How many fighters have done that? How many have been 4-time World champions in one division?

Posted October 9, 2012 10:41 pm 


Well I don’t know about the old school guys and I had Roy winning that first fight by a round. And in no way does beating one HOF fighter put you in the Hall. Especially a fighter that is no longer the same fighter he once was. You can have your opinion and I will have mine. All I know if I was on the panel he would not be getting in

Posted October 9, 2012 7:44 pm 


Peej…. That was Roy taking rounds off, NOT Tarver…and the general consensus is this: Tarver won all 3 fights. At the end of the 1st fight Roy’s hometown fans booed Roy when he tried to raise his arms and he quickly retracted them and walked away shamed… Even Roy knew the decision was bogus and even said, “You beat me, but I was too tired” to Tarver. Tarver got a big ovation and made no doubt about the 2nd and 3rd fights. Before he knocked Roy out he said, “Are you going to have any excuses tonight Roy? …. Look man, as many times as Harold Johnson got KO’d, sometimes by guys you never heard of, if he’s an ATG, so is Tarver who’s never been stopped …. After all, Johnson lost his title right away to feather punching Willie Pastrano and never won it back. His big deal is he beat Archie Moore once in 5 tries.

Posted October 9, 2012 9:52 am 


Much respect to Reggie J, he was the only man to properly knock Toney down (RJJ an Samuel Peter were flush KDs where Toney was off balance) and he had him badly hurt, and gave him hell early on in that fight, but c’mon… it was a close fight and there’s a reason why Toney got the nod, he turned the fight around and fought hard. A close fight but Toney edged it, despite the KD. I can understand why Reggie says he got robbed, but watch the fight, Toney deserved this win.

Posted October 9, 2012 9:07 am 

Swedish Boxing Fan

TARK – Antonio Tarver is a 4-time light heavyweight champion of the world and not a 5-timer and not at cruiserweight. Sure the victory against Danny Green was an fine achivment for Tarver but the IBO title is okey in my oppinion as a n organisation but alone without any other major title (Lineal Ring title, WBC, WBA, IBFG or WBO) the IBO title is not recognised by fans and expersta as a solid world title belt

Posted October 9, 2012 6:24 am 


Tarver won the IBO belt from Danny Green which is no major feat. Not to mention to lose the belt cause of coming up positive from a banned substance. And he didn’t out box Roy. He lost to Roy the first time cause he took to many rounds off. Then he won by 2nd round KO. Roy messed his career up by weakening himself back to light heavy. He had to from from 206 of solid muscle to 175. That ruined him. That’s why they have rubber matches. He didn’t want to go threw a fight like that with Johnson again. Pretty much lost every big fight but the 2nd Jones fight. Definitely not HOF worthy

Posted October 9, 2012 2:49 am 


Being the first man to outbox and outpunch Roy Jones in 50 fights helps put you in the Hall… Tarver won both Johnson fights according to many observers. But winning the 2nd of 2 fights gives you the advantage because both boxers have an opportunity to learn from the 1st fight, and Tarver put the experience to better use.. Being a 2 Division World Champion helps to put you in the Hall.. Being a 5-Time World Champion helps put you in the Hall — all of which Tarver accomplished.

Posted October 9, 2012 12:09 am 


Just because you beat Roy Jones once does not make you a hall of famer. And don’t forget he went 1 and 1 with Glen and he did not want a rubber match with him. Being the best Light heavy for 1 fight does not make you HOF worthy. He is not hall of fame worthy. He was a champion for a brief time and that is about it. Now I will say that is more than what most people can say about themselves but that does not make you HOF worthy

Posted October 8, 2012 11:21 pm 


From the IBHOF website – on Barry McGuigan, “His immense popularity transcended boxing. Long-standing violence between Catholics and Protestants subsided when McGuigan stepped in the ring. The popular saying of the day was “Leave the fighting to McGuigan.” ” – this is the main reason why Barry is in the HOF – sure he beat an aging legend in Pedroza and only defended his WBA title twice (back when there were just two champs mind you) but he transcended boxing – he actually could stop people from conducting war and violence against one another- he wasn’t just another guy who was good at punching people in the puss for plenty of pesos. Unfortunately for Johnson and many others who were considerably more successful than Barry in the ring, they were literally invisible outside of the immediate world of die-hard boxing fans – even in their championship primes. So, in the final analysis, winning a few alphabet belts since about 1988 onward and making a few defenses against sketchy opposition (see the WBA defense against the Korean guy in Idaho) doesn’t really cut it. Sorry.

Posted October 8, 2012 9:32 pm 


Antonio Tarver was certainly the best Light Heavyweight for a while—before and after he whipped Reggie Johnson, flattened Roy Jones, and whipped Glen Johnson… Hopkins did prove to be the greater fighter when he moved up—but Tarver is a 5-time Two-Division World Campion, and obviously the first man who ever outboxed or outpunched Roy Jones Jr… If he’s not a HOFer nobody should be.

Posted October 8, 2012 9:29 pm 

Ruslan Pateev

He`s so old that his mentor James Carter and his chief trainer Manuel ” Chato” Robles are dead.But from the interview he seems like a very intelligent person.Good interview !

Posted October 8, 2012 8:27 pm 


Lets get this straight Tarver was never the Best Light Heavy and he will never be in the Hall of Fame. As for Johnson he will be and was damned good in his prime

Posted October 8, 2012 6:46 pm 

Kenny Weldon

Oh….As for him fighting again ,that is his call.I would remind him to look at the walls in front of him at his age .But,it is his life …..God bless….kenny weldon

Posted October 8, 2012 3:26 pm 


I remember the Celtic Warrior beating Reggie and Reggie getting the home town decision. Only in America

Posted October 8, 2012 2:24 pm 

one eye

RJ koed up n coming Charles Oosthuizen,daddy of Tommy.all them years ago.C O was good,toughman.

Posted October 8, 2012 2:03 pm 

Swedish Boxing Fan

Yeah it would have been a great fight at middleweight with Bernard Hopkins vs.Reggie Johnson. To bad that Johnson jumped up 2 clesses to light heavyweight and Hopkins remained as a middleweight but then again, Hopkins became the ruler of that class and at 40+ he jumped up to Light heavyweight and out-boxed Antonio Tarver for the Lineal world title, the man who took down both Roy Jones jr and Reggie Hohnson. And then again Hopkins regained the world light heavyweight title at age 46!!! They where from same era both not at the same plane to make it happen so a bit sad. However I would more have loved to have had Hopkins vs Toney these days but Toney can’t make low weight these days so it won’t happen and btw Hopkins would any way win :-)

Posted October 8, 2012 12:24 pm 


I would prefer Reggie Johnson not box again… We saw the best of Reggie against James Toney. He DID beat Toney and Castro but lost to Roy Jones and Antonio Tarver when he was past his best. You know they don’t hold Muhammad Ali’s losses to Leon Spinks and Larry Holmes against him. Reggie Johnson, a natural middleweight, fought Tarver for the Light Heavyweight Title when he was 37 and lost a close SD after a determined bid.. Tarver said Johnson was the toughest man he ever fought and I said, “Johnson gave it one Hell of a shot at 37 against one of the greatest LHW’s of all time. He’s a future HOFer for certain.” … Johnson fought everyone who would fight him and never ducked anyone. Tommy Hearns wanted no part of Reggie Johnson, James Toney, Michael Nunn, Mike McCallum, or Nigel Benn. Iran Barkley was known as a guy who would fight anyone, even though he got his butt kicked a lot. One guy the Blade wouldn’t fight is Reggie Johnson …. Bernard Hopkins loved to fight southpaws and had no probems with fighting Johnson. It just that the fight was never made.

Posted October 8, 2012 11:19 am 

Kenny Weldon

Reggie is a good guy .I hope his problems are behind him and more success is in the future.He has had much success in boxing and deserves another shot…..God bless….kenny weldon

Posted October 8, 2012 10:31 am 


I usually don’t like fighters griping about losses but RJ has a point in some of these cases. A very pleasing, artistic fighter to watch in his day.

Posted October 8, 2012 9:35 am 


RJ was a class act and a very high skilled fighter.

Posted October 8, 2012 9:02 am 


Stay retired Reggie or pick your opponents real carefully.

Posted October 8, 2012 8:55 am 

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