Antonio Tarver vs. Steve Cunningham on Friday

  • Monday, August 10th, 2015

    By  Tom Wilkinson


    Boxing Odds: Steve Cunningham is favored to defeat Antonio Tarver on Friday, August 14th in a bout that can be seen on Spike TV. This matchup at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey has two former champions trying to keep their careers going as Tarver comes into this fight with a record of 31-6 while Cunningham is 28-7. Tarver has been doing more broadcasting lately than fighting as his last fight was late last year while Cunningham is coming off a loss to Vyacheslav Glazkov in March.

    Here is a look at the bout and boxing picks.

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    Boxing Odds at Diamond Sportsbook

    Steve Cunningham -175

    Antonio Tarver +150

    Heavyweight Battle

    These two heavyweights are on the downside of their careers but they both have talent and this should be a competitive fight. Tarver has a record of 31-6 with 22 knockouts while Cunningham is 28-7 with 13 knockouts. Tarver’s last fight was in December of last year when he defeated Johnathan Banks while Cunningham is coming off a loss to Vyacheslav Glazkov in March. Cunningham should have the edge in crowd support fighting in New Jersey. Considering how some of his decisions have gone lately, crowd support could come into play if this fight goes to a decision. Many people think he won the bout against Glazkov and there is no question he got robbed by the judges in a loss to Tomasz Adamek in 2012. “Those robberies fueled me to keep going,” Cunningham said, “If I would not have gotten robbed, then I probably would have been out of boxing by now. I would have gotten to those platforms where there’s nowhere else to go. But I still feel that there’s more for me to do.”

    Tarver is happy to be fighting at heavyweight as he simply wasn’t very good at light heavyweight. “I busted my ass for two months to lose 53 pounds down from 233. I knew it would kill me,” said Tarver, who weighed in at 174 when he fought Bernard Hopkins in 2006. “I starved myself, worked every muscle of my body. Anybody watching that night knows I was a dead man walking.” Tarver stayed at light heavyweight until 2011 and he is now 3-0 as a heavyweight. “I'm healthy and in great shape to work on my power and strength. I'm still feeding my body. I couldn’t do that at [175 pounds]." Tarver said the extra weight has helped him. “I didn’t know I could fill out to be a solid heavyweight. I’m a better fighter today than I’ve ever been."

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    Boxing Picks

    I am surprised at the line on this fight with Cunningham nearly a 2-1 favorite as I think the fight could go either way. I will take the plus price on Tarver to win on Friday night.

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