Antonio Tarver and Lateef Kayode fought to a lackluster draw at the Home Depot Center on Saturday night, and after a fight that was more yawn-inducing than inspiring, a rematch between the two fighters would be pointless.
It ended up being almost two distinct fights. Kayode clearly won the first half of the bout, with Tarver bouncing back to win the second half. In the end, the judges' scorecards read 115-113 for Tarver, 115-113 for Kayode and 114-114.
Neither fighter accomplished much in the bout, as Kayode was looking to solidify himself as an up-and-comer with a win over a recognizable name and Tarver was trying to prove that at 43 years old he could still fight.
Kayode is now 18-0-1 with 14 knockouts, while Tarver is 29-6-1 with 20 knockouts. Of course, both fighters complained about the decision, suggesting they should have won.
Tarver has been looking to land a big-money fight with one of the Klitschko brothers for a few years now, but after not being able to put away a guy like Kayode, there is no way he can beat the drum for a heavyweight title fight with any measure of legitimacy.
Meanwhile, his Nigerian opponent doesn't have much claim to a bigger fight either, having been bested in the second half of the fight by a guy who hadn't been in a ring for 11 months.
Sadly, Saturday night's fight was more of a fiasco than an interesting fight. And no one in their right mind will be clamoring for a rematch. Everyone would be better off moving on from this fight and trying to forget it ever happened.
Tarver's best option now is to return to his broadcasting work as a ringside analyst for Showtime. Kayode needs to go back to the gym, where trainer Freddie Roach can try and figure out a way to improve his fighter.
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