Tarver-Kayode on 6/2 at the Home Depot Center
By: Allan Fox
(Boxing News 24)
The June 2nd card headlined by International Boxing Organization cruiserweight champion Antonio Tarver 29-6, 20 KO's) facing unbeaten contender Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KO's) in a Showtime televised card at the Home Depot Center, in Carson, California.
The Tarver vs. Kayode fight will be interesting to see how good the 29-year-old Freddie Roach trained Kayode, #2 WBA, #5 WBO, #11 IBF, really is as a fighter. Kayode has looked good against guys like Felix Cora Jr., Matt Godfrey, Nicolas Uannuzzi and Epifanio Mendoza. However, there's a big difference in facing these fighters than someone like 43-year-old Tarver.
To be sure, Tarver is getting up there in age, but he's so highly skilled and he's facing a mostly limited slugger in Kayode. Tarver has to be considered the favorite in this fight because of Kayode's limited experience and skills. Kayode has a puncher's chance at winning this fight but that's about it.
Tarver does remarkably well against fighters that come looking to slug it out with him instead of boxing. The guys that Tarver has problems with are speedy fighters like Chad Dawson, who use their boxing skills to beat him rather than brute strength. Tarver lost twice to Dawson and once to Bernard Hopkins in the past six years.
In his last fight, Tarver defeated IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green by a 9th round stoppage last year in July. That was a long time ago, but Tarver likely hasn't slipped much since that fight. Green is another Kayode type slugger that looks to take fighters heads off, but Tarver was able to easily out-box him and then take him out.