Antonio Tarver vs Lateef Kayode Preview

By: UK Writer Jon Campbell

On the 2nd June 2012, at the Home Depot center in California, former undisputed Light-Heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver(29-6, 20 KOs) defends his IBO Cruiserweight title against Nigerian up and comer Lateef Kayode(18-0, 14 KOs). Tarver in recent years made it to the very peak of the game, with the high points being the two wins against the legendary Roy Jones Jr.(55-8, 40 KOs). Since his defeats against Bernard Hopkins(52-6-2,32 KOs) and reigning Light-Heavyweight champion Chad Dawson(31-1, 17 KOs) he has been removed from boxing’s elite and in taking this fight is attempting to leverage himself back to the top and prove he is not washed up at all. For Kayode, a great opportunity to beat a championship level fighter who is clearly immensely skilled. He will see this as a stepping-stone towards a potential world title shot in the future.

When these two meet in the ring, what can be expected regardless of the result is some great technical boxing. This is because we have two good durable boxers with undoubted ability and impressive skill sets. Despite dropping from the elite stage, Tarver still possesses great boxing ability in winning his debut at Heavyweight along with a minor title at Cruiserweight against Australian contender Danny Green(31-5, 27 KOs). He is going to hope to score either an impressive knockout or wide decision to show he still has it. Another interesting factor to this bout is that both fighters can bang, the pair of them have impressive K.O percentages. This may not increase the likelihood of a knockout. Neither fighter has been knocked out. This is more notable for Tarver has his chin has been tested against the best. Regardless of this expect heavy punches to be exchanged as both will want a K.O

I predict the result to go Tarver’s way. It is always difficult to point out the limits of an undefeated up and comer who has not been in the ring with anyone on the world level. However, from what I have seen of Kayode I believe he will not be able to give Tarver enough problems to get out of there with a win. A knockout is possible but I would see a points decision to be most likely.

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