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Antonio Tarver vs. Lateef Kayode: Lackluster IBO Title Fight Ends in a Draw

TAMPA, FLORIDA - APRIL 12:   Antonio Tarver celebrates defeating Clinton Woods during the IBO, IBF light-Heavyweight title fight on April 12, 2008 at St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images)
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Mick AkersAnalyst IDecember 26, 2016

In a fight where both fighters fought in waves, Antonio Tarver and Lateef Kayode fought close the entire night, resulting in a draw after 12 rounds of action in their IBO cruiserweight title fight that was the main event of Showtime's "Four Warned" boxing card .

The bout was scored 115-113 for Tarver, 115-113 for Kayode and 114-114 giving us the draw in the bout.

Tarver (29-6-1, 20 KOs) was slow out the gate and gave Kayode (18-0-1, 14 KOs) a chance to dictate the action early on, but as the fight progressed Tarver started to pick up the action more and more, behind his corner telling him he was giving the fight away between rounds.

Tarver seemed to hurt Kayode a few times during the latter rounds of the fight, but Kayode always came back with a flurry of action of his own after Tarver staggering him.

Kayode fought in the championship 11th and 12th rounds for the first time in his career and it showed as he looked to be out of gas in the end. Tarver didn't fare any better as he looked slow and tired as well in the final rounds, maybe being a sign that his age is finally catching up to him in the ring.

Kayode was visibly angry in his post-fight interview and put the blame on Showtime for the draw, as he felt he won the bout and blamed Showtime because Tarver does commentary for the network when he is not in the ring boxing.

Kayode went on to say he wanted to take the fight to HBO, presumably because he feels he would get a more fair result if the fight was close on HBO, where Tarver is not part of their payroll.

In all, the fight wasn't all that entertaining and lacked consistent action. If there is a rematch down the line, one could only hope the two fighters let their gloves fly a little more, to give the fans a more enjoyable fight than was given tonight.

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