Taver tells Haymon to get David Haye for Vegas clash
TAMPA (Dec. 18, 2014) - All five-time world champion Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver (31-6, 22 KOs) wants for Christmas is a signed contract to fight former two-division world champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KOs), ideally, during the first-quarter of 2015.
Tarver had been sending direct tweets for the past six months to Haye, who hasn't fought in more than two years, without receiving a response. Coming off last week's impressive seventh-round knockout of veteran Johnathan Banks (29-3-1, 19 KOs), Tarver has taken off the proverbial gloves and he is now publically calling out Haye, who insists, once again, that he is coming out of retirement.
"In a perfect world I will be fighting Haye early next year," Tarver said. "He keeps insisting that he's the second-biggest name in the heavyweight division I need him to be my set-up guy to beat in order for me to get a world title shot against Wladimir Klitschko. Haye has one-punch knockout ability and he's aggressive. Once I beat him, though, I want Klitschko. I will come to England and knockout Haye, knock him out cold. I'm 46 and I don't want to go through 12 guys like (Chris) Arreola, (Eddie) Chambers or (Steve) Cunningham to get Klitschko. He's waiting for me to lose so he doesn't have to fight me. I'm calling out Haye to get Klitschko. He talks a lot but the boxing world will see if Haye's serious about fighting again. Tarver vs. Haye is a huge fight in London.
"I'm a star and I want to get paid. None of these cats know how to really promote a fight like Antonio Tarver. I'd prefer to fight Haye in Las Vegas but I'll come to England to KO his ass! I have the most powerful adviser in boxing, Al Haymon, and I've told him I want Haye next. If Haye announces he's coming out of retirement to fight somebody else, I'll be at that press conference to embarrass him, the same way I had to get my (Roy) Jones (Jr.) fight. I'm a throw-back fighter who can make a pay-per-view bonanza fighting Klitschko and the way to get that fight is by knocking out Haye. I doubt he'll fight me because he knows he can't beat me. I want David Haye in the UK!
"No heavyweight can outbox me. They will have to knock me out to beat me and nobody's ever done that. I will become the oldest world heavyweight champion in boxing history to cement my legacy. I'm coming for Klitschko after I KO Haye. I'm going to shoot a real-life Rocky movie with me chopping down Klitschko."
Tarver also had some terse words for critics who complained during and after his recent fight that Banks was a weak opponent and their fight was a snoozer until the final round.
"I hit him with a quick 1-2 and then he wouldn't stand in front of me because he felt my speed and power early," Tarver explained. "He didn't want to get hit with my counter-punches. I wish he had opened up and fought but he didn't exchange blows. Boxing is the art of self-defense but I don't see fighters today using their heads. Boxing is chess not checkers. I can box but, when I pick that lock like I did in the seventh round, I can knockout any heavyweight in the world. I don't think I was hit with one good punch. My reflexes and timing, even at 46, are second to none."
Tarver initially suffered a now-fully-healed fractured thumb to his left hand, closer to the wrist, postponing the original September 29th fight date versus Banks. Tarver remained in the gym and put in the proper time and effort to stop Banks.
"We created tough sparring sessions to prepare him for Banks," Tarver's head trainer Orlando Cuellar commented. "We knew Banks was dangerous and that he could crack. We just kept training and Antonio had to overcome a lot of physical obstacles during camp. He just kept going. He tried to do the impossible and did it. He showed a lot of movement, the ability to explode, and tremendous ring generalship. He sure didn't look 46 the way he cracked Banks. And he'll be 50-percent better in his next fight.
"Antonio showed his dedication to improve in the gym. We had a good game plan but he had to do everything he worked on in the fight. His timing was good and he won every round. Banks came out planning to jump on Antonio but he tasted his power in the first 30 seconds and he then didn't want any part of it. He honestly exceeded what I expected and I didn't realize how good a finisher he is."
If Santa Claus delivers a contract for him to fight Haye, he may as well give Tarver another display case, as well, to store the world heavyweight title belt Antonio plans to capture in 2015.
Heavyweight hope Ruiz Jr faces former world champion this Saturday
By Michael J Jones
This Saturday in Phoenix, Arizona, heavyweight prospect Andy Ruiz Jr faces former WBO heavyweight champion Sergei Liakhovich over ten rounds. On paper it is his toughest test to date after a laboured 2014 consisting of just two outings.
The 23-0 (17) long-time prospect must surely be ready for the bigger names of the division after nearly six years in the pro ranks. Liakhovich is a decent test at this stage though isn't in the best of form judging by the last half a decade. Heavyweight star Deontay Wilder handed him his last defeat over a year ago, the “White Wolf” not lasting out the opening session at the lethal fists of the “Bronze Bomber”. Liakhovich's sole win since came against the 5-11 Carl Davis ten months ago.
The burly Ruiz Jr turned pro way back in March 2009 after a stellar amateur career. Often ridiculed in boxing circles because of his heavy-set appearance, “Destroyer” turned pro weighing just under 300lbs but slowly reduced his poundage through his career getting down to around 250.
The 6'2” Mexican heavyweight really stepped up his competition in 2013 with four solid victories including thumping stoppage victories over the 21-0 Joe Hanks and former Prizefighter winner Tor Hamer (both in China).
This year, in comparison, has been fairly uneventful for the Jeff Grmoja-trained Ruiz Jr. Reportedly, the big-hitting contender pulled out of two fight dates citing “family reasons”. His two brief ring appearances have been impressive however.
Grizzled veteran Manuel Quezada had gone the full route with both Chris Arreola and Steve Cunningham but couldn't last even two rounds with the 25 year old puncher in their May meeting.
Five months later, Ruiz Jr would then take on Kenny Lamos in California. Lamos was an average-looking 12-8-2 but had come close to beating former champion James Toney in a recent meeting so was useful. Andy took one good early uppercut but came straight back with a sustained barrage to halt Lamos in the first.
One thing to note is Ruiz's weight for that one; at 272¾lbs it was his heaviest since he first started in the pro ranks.
Two months from the Lamos wipe-out the California-based prospect must surely be looking for another eye-catching knock-out to finish the year with.
He is most definitely the favourite over Saturday's opponent Liakhovich who has gone a disappointing 3-4 in the eight long years since becoming champion.
Liakhovich turned pro way back in 1998 (when Ruiz was just nine years old incidently) and is now 38. Sergei only lost one bout in his first eight years as a heavyweight pro. With decent wins over the likes of Ron Guerrero and Dominik Guinn banked, Sergei would receive a WBO shot at reigning champion Lamon Brewster on April 2006.
The Cleveland bout would produce an unexpected thriller. Brewster, the massive favourite going in, would suffer an eye injury early on in the contest and Liakhovich would take full advantage The fired-up challenger would eventually come off the canvas to win a unanimous decision by scores of 117-110, 115-112 and 115-113.
The new champion would make his first defence seven months later but, after building up a clear lead on all score-cards, Shannon Briggs would drop him twice to win with one second remaining in the fight (Briggs being the last world heavyweight champion from the USA).
It's been a sad career since for poor Liakhovich riddled with inactivity and defeat. Though Wilder blasted him out, the 6'4” Sergei would last much later against another prospect in Bryant Jennings the year before that. Any heavyweight is dangerous if they connect but the 26-6 (16) “White Wolf”, who's fangs aren't quite as sharp as a few years ago, looks up against it on Saturday.
Though he may appear stocky, Ruiz Jr has fast hands and can put together beautiful combination punches off the jab. He also seems to have a sturdy chin which has come through a few 'chin checks' along the way.
If one was being critical we could question how effective Ruiz Jr would be late on in a hard fight carrying that access weight...but it's doubtful Liakhovich will be the man to provide such answers.
Expect the Belarus veteran to last a little longer than the first but still be taken out with clinical efficiency by the third stanza.
The bout takes place at the Celebrity Theater, Phoenix, Arizona and features a full supporting under-card. Although Ruiz Jr currently holds the NABF and WBO Inter-Continental belts, as we went to press, neither would be on the line on Saturday.
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QUIGG TARGETS SUMMER RETURN FOLLOWING HAND SURGERY
Bury's Super Bantamweight World Champion eyes huge fights for 2015
Scott Quigg is aiming to return to the ring next summer following successful surgery on a hand injury picked up in his WBA Super Bantamweight title defence against Hidenori Otake in Liverpool last month.
The Bury man has enjoyed a fruitful 2014, defending his World title on three occasions. In April South African danger man Tshifhiwa Munyai was sent packing in just two rounds, and in September Stephane Jamoye lasted only three rounds. In Liverpool last month Quigg completed his year with a wide points win over Hidenori Otake.
However, during that fight he suffered a tear to his extensor hood tendons in the middle and index knuckles of his right hand. He had been due out in Manchester in March but will now have to wait until the summer to return to action.
"Obviously it's disappointing not to be able to fight on March 28,” said Quigg. “But I've had a great run of five fights in 18 months, four of them being World title fights.
“The rest will probably do my body good and then I will be looking to come back with a huge fight in early summer.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn added, “We are disappointed for Scott that he cannot fight in March but we wish him all the best in his recovery.
“When he is back to full fitness there are some huge unification bouts out there for him, and I am sure that despite this setback 2015 will still be a huge year for Scott.”