Born: January 24, 1988 in Orlando, Florida
Residence: Tampa, Florida
Weight Class: Junior Middleweight
Record: 4-0 (3 KOs)
Undefeated junior middleweight prospect Antonio Tarver Jr., the son of 5-time world champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver, may have been born into boxing, however he got a relatively late start in boxing due to his love for other sports like football and basketball.
The now 29-year-old Tarver Jr., a multi-sport athlete in high school, played basketball at Daytona State College. Tarver Jr. had only nine amateur bouts, winning eight, highlighted by his championship performance in the Florida Golden Gloves.
Boxing flows through his veins, though, having spent much of his early days in and out of gyms and training camps all throughout Fl, during the Olympics and all of his father’s most important fights. Tarver Jr. fell in love with the sweet science and he’s been working hard to develop his skills under the watchful eye of FBHOF trainer Jimmy Williams and Tarver Sr.
Born in Orlando, Florida, Antonio and his father have lived in Tampa for several years, where Tarver, Jr. trains at Tampa City Boxing. His head trainer is ageless Jimmy Williams, a well-known coach of pure boxing’s basics, while his father offers his unique advice as his son’s assistant trainer, as well as his manager.
A 5’ 9” southpaw with a powerful right hook, Tarver, Jr. is tough as nails with a solid chin. He made his much-anticipated pro debut on September 29, 2014, when he stopped Zachary Briones in the fourth round of their fight in Hidalgo, Texas.
His second pro fight came six months later at Hialeah Park Race Track in Florida, where he registered a fourth-round knockout of Bruce Lutchmedial, followed four months later at USF Sundome in Tampa, in which he won a four-round unanimous decision over 21-fight veteran Oscar Gonzalez.
Tarver Jr. suffered a severe back injury that contributed to his long inactivity, now fully recovered from the injury and the addition of “Trey” Antonio Tarver III, Jr. is focused on getting back in the ring and extremely busy starting early in 2018.
Tarver, Jr. hasn’t fought in 1 1⁄2 years, back on May 9, 2016 in Lakeland, Florida, when he registered a win by way of a second-round technical knockout of Jose Cortes.
Now, he’s fully healed and focused on improving in order to establish his very own identity as a fighting in the ring.
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