Re: Does Antonio 'Magic Man' Tarver deserve more respect?
Roy was still prime when Tarver KO'd him, and I give Tarver all the credit in the world for that shot. Perfect timing and placement. That shot ended Roy Jones' career at top level.
but he's still at best a B- level guy. Got outboxed by Harding, and then was getting outboxed again before he KO'd him. Glen Johnson. I thought the 1st fight was a draw, and he clearly won the 2nd, but for a guy who was P4P rated, he shouldn't struggle with a guy like Glen Johnson.
Tarver didn't turn pro until he was 28, so there isn't as much wear and tear as age 43 might suggest.
All in all, he was solid, but never great.