Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by steve1990, Apr 28, 2021.
Your opinions on Tarver?
Good wins over world class competition and of course the knockout of RJJ. But losses to Hopkins and Dawson. Probably make HOF but not up there with Spinks, Moore or Foster.
A good but not great fighter. After 3 fights with Jones his career really went down hill. Right place at the right time.
He was an absolute beast as an amateur. I was really shocked when he lost to Jirov in the 96's Olympics as I thought he was going to he the next truly great lightheavyweight. He did have a very good career that falls short of greatness. His drug abuse issues definitely didn't help him be all that he could be.
Very good and durable fighter. Got a late start in the sport and ultimately didn’t have very many fights. But he made the very best of what he had and launched a pretty solid career
I have a feeling that history will peg him a bit higher than he is now.
Very solid pro. Not great at anything, but pretty competent and competitive. I'd have liked to have seen him compete in the late 70's/early 80's and late 80's.
He would have acquitted himself well, though not to the point where he'd separate himself from his peers at championship level.
Not that good. People lost their minds when he knocked out Roy but that win aged like milk after Roy went 5-6 in his next 11 including multiple vicious knockouts.
Really great career. If you had said at the time that Jones was avoiding a Tarver rematch (which he was) you would have got smug Lol's. Jones the GOAT. Lol Different level. Lol. etc etc
Smashing Roy Jones like that is an all-timer. Sheared the GOAT
He was arguably the best light heavyweight in the world, off and on, for many years in a very good division.
From his fight with the Olympian Chris Johnson in 2001 (where Johnson was carried from the ring and never fought again) to the Clinton Woods fight in 2008, he was probably never really worse than #2.
The loss to Hopkins is still a headscratcher, especially when it occurred, with Hopkins so down in his career and Tarver so high.
For a guy who turned pro so late (age 28), he did very well.
I miss his commentary. He was an excellent commentator, too.