Antonio Tarver Setting the Stage to Become Oldest World Heavyweight Champion

MIAMI (July 21, 2015) – Five-time world champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (31-6, 22 KOs) honestly believes that he is destined to become the oldest world heavyweight champion in boxing history.

Before he gets a world title shot against fellow 1996 Olympian Wladimir Klitschko, the universally recognized world heavyweight champion, Tarver realizes that he has to get past former two-time IBF champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (28-7, 13 KOs) in their 12-round heavyweight showdown August 14 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

WBA #9 Tarver vs. IBF #6/WBC #14 Cunningham is the main event on a Premier Boxing Champions series show airing live on Spike TV, the same network Tarver serves as its boxing color commentator.

“I know my purpose will set me apart from some great champions,” Tarver remarked. “I am supposed to be world heavyweight champion. I don’t know how but I will be world heavyweight champion. I truly believe that it is my destiny. Cunningham can’t stop me and neither can (Deontay) Wilder; he can’t learn enough to beat me. I’ll knock him out and get the one guy I really want to fight, Klitschko. When I beat him it’ll be the greatest story in boxing history. All the disbelievers will have to believe in ‘Magic Man!’

“Three years ago, I was buried six-feet under but they forgot to put dirt on me. Champions have to have resolve. I could have quit a lot of times. My resolve will make me world champion once again. No fighter has ever struggled like me and overcoming those struggles will make me world champion again.”

The ever popular Tarver realizes that, at 46, he isn’t the same fighter he as was in his early to mid-thirties, especially during a four-year, nine-fight murderous stretch between 2002-2006. As one of the world’s top pound-for-pound fighters, he shocked nearly invincible Roy Jones, Jr. in two of three fights, split a pair with Glen Johnson, defeated Montell Griffin, Eric Harding and Reggie Johnson, and lost to Bernard Hopkins.

“I know I’m getting older because the calendar flips over once a year,” Tarver said, “but I don’t look at it as me getting old. I’m not saying I don’t wake up in pain during training camp without minor injuries, but nothing can stop me.

“It’s not an accident that I still have my speed and quickness. I am better today in many respects because I’m smarter from all of my experience.”

Known as one of the greatest defensive fighters ever, Tarver is fighting for his legacy and rightful place in the Hall of Fame after he finally retires. And now comes news that he will become a grandfather in September. “When I do decide to retire,” Tarver concluded, “I’ll hand the torch to my son, (undefeated middleweight prospect), Antonio Tarver, Jr.”

Not only does Antonio Tarver believe he’s destined to become the oldest world heavyweight champion, he will become the first to do so as a grandfather.


Photos: Skoglund Defeats Johnson, Nielsen Brothers Back With Wins

Erik Skoglund (22-0, 11 KOs) took another step towards a world title challenge with a unanimous points victory over Jamaican veteran Glen Johnson (54-20-2, 37 KOs) on Saturday night at the Albertslund MusikTeatret in Copenhagen.

The rising Swedish star proved too much for the former IBF World Light Heavyweight Champion, and after ten rounds of action the judges scored the fight 98-92, 97-93 and 97-93.

‘I was pleased with my performance,’’ said Skoglund. ‘It might sound cocky to say, but I felt I was the better boxer on the night. I was one step ahead of him in everything I did. I’ve proved I’m ready for a world level opposition. I want to challenge for a world title in 2015!’’

Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: ‘’This was another fantastic performance by Erik. It was a great fight, in which Glen more than played his part. We now look to the future, and for Erik that is a shot at one of the division’s champions next year.’’

Danish middleweight Patrick Nielsen (23-1, 11 KOs) returned to winning ways in front of his home fans in the Copenhagen suburb. Nielsen outpointed Polish contender Lukasz Wawrzyczek (20-4-2, 3 KOs) to claim his twenty-third professional victory.

‘’This fight was all about rebuilding,’’ said Nielsen. ‘’Mentally, it’s been difficult to get back on track following my loss in Moscow, but I did it and I’m very happy to get the win.

‘’Wawrzyczek was a tricky opponent. It was hard to get close to him, so I didn’t get the knockout that I was looking for. But the important thing is I’m back, and back with a victory. 2014 was not the best year for me, but 2015 will definitely be my year.’’

Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: ‘’There was a lot of pressure on Patrick tonight. Not only was he coming back from a loss, he was fighting in his hometown. He did what he needed to do. He got the win against a tough opponent. We can move on from here and start looking at bigger fights next year.’’

Younger brother Micki Nielsen (16-0, 12 KOs) put in a career best performance to dominate former world title challenger Gusmyr Perdomo (21-5, 14 KOs). After ten entertaining rounds the judges scored the fight 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91 in favour of the Danish cruiserweight.

‘’I would have like to have knocked him out, but it wasn’t to be,’’ said Nielsen. ‘’Perdomo is an experienced fighter. He knew what he had to do to survive. We had a plan to push forward and break him down, and the plan worked. It was the biggest fight of my career and this was a very good win for me.’’

Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: ‘’Micki showed a real maturity in his performance tonight. He proved he is more than just a knock out artist. He outboxed Perdomo from the first bell to the last. At 21 years old, he has only just started to show his true potential, He is an extremely talented boxer with a very bright future ahead of him.’’


Glen Johnson, Erik Skoglund


Lukasz Wawrzyczek, Patrick Nielsen


Micki Nielsen, Gusmyr Perdomo
Photo Credit: Photo Wende

Erik Skoglund: “I May Not Have As Much Experience As Glen Johnson, But I’m Hungrier”

It will be youth versus experience on Saturday night in Copenhagen when rising Swedish star Erik Skoglund (21-0, 11 KOs) takes on legendary Jamaican boxer Glen Johnson (54-19-2, 37 KOs) at the Alberstlund MusikTeatret. Despite their difference in age, both men share a common goal.

‘’This will be the biggest challenge of my career,’’ admits the 23 year-old Skoglund at a press conference today in Stockholm. ‘’Glen is a great boxer and he has my full respect. I may not have as much experience as him, but I’m the younger, hungrier fighter. I have the skill and the will to win on Saturday night. This is the next step up the ladder for me and another step closer to realising my dream of becoming world champion.’’

‘’Age does not matter,’’ said Johnson, the 45 year-old, seventy-five-fight veteran and former IBF World Light Heavyweight Champion. ‘’We both want the same thing – a shot at the world title. Erik is a young guy coming up, while I’ve already been at the top and I’m trying to get back into contention. I will prove on Saturday night that I still have a lot more to offer. I will become world champion again!’’

The ten-round light heavyweight clash is part of an action-packed line up in Copenhagen, which also features Danish boxing brothers Patrick and Micki Nielsen. Patrick Nielsen (22-1, 11 KOs) returns from defeat in a must win fight against Lukasz Wawrzyczek (20-3-2, 3 KOs), while younger brother Micki Nielsen (15-0, 12 KOs) faces former Mikkel Kessler opponent Gusmyr Perdomo (21-4, 14 KOs).


Glen Johnson, Erik Skoglund
Photo Credit: Team Sauerland