Tarver Successful in UD Over Aguilera on ShoBox
Posted by Raymundo Dioses on 10.16.2010
The Magic Man just may be the "New Generation" of the Heavyweight division. Yet at 42 years of age, he's got no time to kill... "Shotwime" Shawn Porter became the NABF welterweight champion in the semi-main event of the night.
Photos by Tom Casino / Showtime
Antonio Tarver outpointed his opponent, Nagy Aguilera, on the main event of Sho:Box, The Next Generation in Miami, Oklahoma on Saturday night in the "Magic Man"‘s first attempt as a Heavyweight which he hopes will lead to a major fight in the division.
Tarver, (28-6, 19KO) started timidly in round one, choosing to time his opponent as Aguilera sought to establish a jab and land a big shot. Tarver was able to land a counter left and made Aguilar miss to end round one, which would prove to be the theme of the night: Tarver hitting and not getting hit.
The Tampa, Florida native kept counter-punching with his left hand, catching Aguilera coming in and making him pay as well as landing straight lefts as the fight progressed.
Tarver's corner didn't have many instructions between rounds because the veteran knew what to do and asserted his experience against Aguilera. The Bronx, New Yorker Aguilera became ineffective going into the later rounds, had a better tenth and final round, yet failed to hurt Tarver and lost on all scorecards in a unanimous decision.
Tarver was a three time 175 pound champion, was once rated by the Ring Magazine as best light heavyweight of the decade and was successful in this first trip to the heavies. Tarver looked like he carried every bit of the 46 extra pounds he weighed for the fight, yet carried it well and even looked to be the more in-shape fighter of the two.
The only time Tarver was hurt was at his own hand midway through the fight.
"I left like something pulled out of my shoulder. It wasn't going to stop us from being successful. I didn't get hurt. I didn't get hit."
Aguilera's only action of the night came via a verbal stab at Tarver during the pre-fight instructions, where fighters normally ignore what the referee is saying and stare each other down. Aguilera, (16-5, 11KO) mocked what Antonio Tarver himself said prior to beating Roy Jones Jr. for the second time, and jokingly asked Tarver, "Got any excuses tonight, Roy?" Tarver was in go-mode and ignored the statement, and would go on to win in a somewhat impressive fashion after a two year layoff, yet was complimentary in speaking of his felled opponent.
"He was a trial horse for me tonight, but I think I was the better fighter."
Tarver hopes to land a meaningful fight in the division, and possibly against one of the brothers Klitschko. His next fight will most likely by broadcast by Showtime, whom Tarver previously served as a blow by blow commentator.
"I feel I looked great,'' he said. "There was no ring rust. I didn't get hit much. I didn't get hurt. I'll get the shoulder diagnosed, but it didn't affect me. I wasn't going to let it affect me. I did what I had to do and stuck to my game plan. I'm back and I'm here to stay. I'm a heavyweight now. The magic still lives.''
The Tarver/Aguilera bout was preceded by a strong show from upstart welterweight Shawn Porter.
His opponent, Hector Munoz, was bloodied by three accidental heat butts and dropped a decision in a spirited contest in which Munoz lost nearly every round yet was a game opponent for the up and coming Porter, who became the new NABF welterweight champion after the fight was mercifully stopped by Munoz's corner at 2:05 in what was scored a TKO victory.
Porter, (17-0, 13KO) had a deft command of the fight from the first bell and fought like a poised veteran in controlling what happened at all times and never losing focus.
"The fight went exactly as I expected,'' said Porter, a poised, versatile boxer-puncher who throws power punches in bunches from all angles with both hands. "He came forward all the time and never stopped trying. I was surprised at how long they let the fight go on, but I knew I had to stay focused.''
That's interesting considering that Porter recently made headlines by recently training blind-folded in preparation for his fight against Munoz.