Tarver looking past Kayode, wants Wladimir Klitschko fight
By Justin Cabarle: 43-year-old IBO cruiserweight champion Antonio Tarver (29-6, 20 KOís) has an important fight this Saturday night against unbeaten cruiserweight contender Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KOís) at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. A lot of people see this as a toss-up fight, but Tarver. He believes heís going to win this bout with ease and then move on to hopefully face IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in the near future.
Tarver said to fighthub ďIím going to win the heavyweight championship. If Wladimir Klitschko fights me Iím beating him, and bringing the heavyweight title back to America.Ē
You got to respect Tarver for having ambition and a goal that heís shooting for. However, right now it wouldnít see like a realistic option because heís not even fighting in the heavyweight division. Tarver did fight at heavyweight for one fight two years ago, beating Nagy Aguilera by a 10 round unanimous decision.. Tarver looked good in that fight, and I thought he did better against Aguilera than Tomasz Adamek did recently. But Tarver went back down to cruiserweight after that fight and defeated International Boxing Organization cruiserweight champion Danny Green by a 9th round stoppage last year in July.
Tarver hasnít fought since then. A win over the muscular but limited Kayode likely wonít mean much in terms of making Tarver marketable for a fight against Wladimir. What Tarver needs to do is move up in weight and take on a well-known heavyweight like Adamek. If Tarver can beat Adamek or someone like him, heíll get the attention of Wladimir or his brother Vitali Klitschko.
Tarver seems to want Wladimir for some reason, perhaps because heís known for being the Klitschko with the weaker chin. But Wladimir wonít likely agree to face Tarver unless he first knocks off one of the top 15 heavyweights and picks a ranking in the division. Wladimir is facing Tony Thompson on July 7th in Switzerland. After that fight, Wladimir will likely be facing #1 WBC Chris Arreola in December in New York. If Tarver is going to fit into Wladimirís plans, itís going to be in 2013, because Wladimir has talked about wanting the Arreola bout for December.