Former light heavyweight champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver told the Sun Tuesday he would prefer to fight past WBA heavyweight titlist David “The Hayemaker” Haye than fringe contender Audley Harrison.
“Haye is more relevant,” said Tarver, 43, a decent prizefighter who is mainly known for beating Roy Jones and the fictional Rocky Balboa while portraying Mason “The Line” Dixon. “I’d get more out of knocking him out than Audley.”
Tarver (29-6, 20 KOs) most recently defeated “The Green Machine” Danny Green in July to capture the IBO cruiserweight belt in Sydney, Australia.
Instead of gradually increasing weight and the quality of challengers, “The Magic Man” would rather fight the more recognizable Haye (25-2, 23 KOs) in the imminent future.
Haye, a 31-year-old erstwhile unified cruiserweight champ who relinquished his crowns to emulate the heavyweight accomplishments of Evander Holyfield, retired in October.
“The Hayemaker” is an obnoxious Brit who was exposed as an utter charlatan when Wladimir Klitschko utterly embarrassed him en route to earning a lopsided unanimous decision victory last summer.
Haye told BBC’s Hardtalk in December he is in negotiations to fight Klitschko’s older brother, WBC heavyweight king Vitali, sometime in March.
The blowhard bloke was an extremely average pugilist with a nondescript resume.
Roger “Pit” Perron is a respected boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
Despite his encyclopedic knowledge of The Sweet Science, Perron bizarrely contends that Haye was an adequate prizefighter regardless of his lagging pedigree.
“Haye was not a bad fighter,” said Perron, 75. “But, he’s in over his head with the Klitschko’s. Haye can’t mess with those monsters.”
Tarver, a southpaw from Orlando who captured a bronze medal as a light heavyweight at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, didn’t make his debut as a professional until the advanced age of 28.
“The Magic Man” is 2-2 since 2008 and it is evident he’s in the twilight of his career.
Considering that Haye is a cowardly loudmouth, he should scratch his inane plan to battle Vitali and ink a contract to scrap Tarver in the Golden Girls circuit.
It is David Haye’s only legitimate chance to leave the squared circle a “winner.”
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