IBO cruiserweight kingpin Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KO’s) hosted a workout for the Southern California media at The Rock in Carson, California, on Tuesday as he winds down preparations for Saturday’s Showtime-televised grudge match against unbeaten Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KO’s) at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
Antonio Tarver: “He’s never fought anyone with my speed, my power. The chin is not a muscle – when you get hit you get knocked out. He has a hell of a fight on his hands and I don’t think he’s prepared for it. He wouldn’t listen to my advice when I gave it to him [as a commentator] on ShoBox and now he’s going to go back to school. I’ll teach him a few things on Saturday.”
He continued, “A lot of people don’t realize what type of champion I am. You don’t become a five-time champion by accident. I’m going to add to my legacy on June 2. You can’t handicap me because of my age. The proof is in the pudding. I was too old when I started in ’96 and I’m too old now. I’m not stopping until I’m the heavyweight champ.
“Whatever he brings, it won’t be enough. The magic carpet ride continues on June 2. I’m not giving up until I win that heavyweight title. I’ll stop when I lose to a better man and that hasn’t happened yet. I got a few tricks up my sleeve and I’ll reveal one on June 2.”