Tarver and Kayode Fight To A Draw

BY Michael Woods ON June 03, 2012
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Tarver-Kayode bannerAntonio Tarver thought he'd take Lateef Kayode into the deep waters, get him fatigued, and drown him. But the "kid" showed more energy late than expected in the main event at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA on Saturday night. The scores after 12 rounds were 115-113 for Tarver, 115-113 for Kayode and 114-114, a draw, which Tarver vehemently disagreed with. To us, a draw looked fair, as neither man clearly pulled away from the other.

Tarver after said to Jim Gray that he clearly won. He said he started slow, but thought he won everything after six. His cornerman, Jimmy Williams, told him he needed the 12th, however, it must be noted. Where next? Not a rematch, probably.

Kayode said he thought he won, that Tarver got a draw because he works for Showtime. "I don't need the effin belts, I'm better than you," he said. A rematch he would do, but on HBO, he said to Gray.

The IBO cruiser champ Tarver (age 43; 29-6 entering; lives in Florida) got to jabbing in the first round against Kayode (age 29; from Nigeria, lives in CA; 18-0 with 14 KOs entering) in the featured Showtime bout. Kayode looked to land a booming right, but Tarver saw them coming. In the second, Kayode moved a bunch, laterally. Tarver was being patient, trying to frustrate Kayode, who came in amped, wanting to prove Tarver wrong. The fighter works as an analyst for Showtime, and has critiqued Kayode a few times on fights he called. Kayode took the critiques personally and lobbied for the fight. In the third, Tarver got busier. He whacked Kayode off a break in the first minute. He wanted to land the left uppercut on the Nigerian, and did land one 3/4 clean, in fact. Trainer Freddie Roach asked Kayode to land one-twos after the round. By the way, Kayode mugged to the crowd, and mocked Tarver, several times to this point.

In the fourth, Tarver got a couple combos untracked. The cruder,more powerful Nigerian looked to impose himself on the vet. The crowd, for the third time, booed the perceived lack of action. Analyst Al Bernstein noted that Tarver was even less busy than usual and was in danger of giving away too many rounds in the fifth.

No boos during a busy sixth. Tarver got cooking. He went righty, he landed a few combos, and two real clean power punches. In the seventh, Tarver continued to throw more and probably won the frame. In the eighth, Kayode was hurt a little bit by a straight left. In the ninth, Kayode again got buzzed. Would his stamina hold? In the tenth, his stamina held, in a tight round. In the 11th, the first 11th round for Kayode, he was busier than Tarver. Buddy McGirt screamed for Tarver to get busier. It could have gone either way. In the 12th, it was a tight one, nothing much separating the two. We'd go to the cards.

Tarver went 99-484 to 105-513 for Kayode

Comment on this article

mortcola says:

Tarver didn't punch much. Kayode showed energy and effort, if not polish. No one earned it.

Robert Curtis says:

Tarver was the very least of this card. Kid Chocolate did trainer Freddie proud. Dominguez was game, but outclassed, for now. Santa Cruz had good economy in all his moves, maybe too much economy, but won a good fight. It was fine professional boxing all around. Did I mention I was there with a couple pals? The event was undersold, unfortunately, even though the Home Depot Center in Carson is a great venue! However, only die-hard boxing fans showed up. How is 43 year old Tarver a headliner? One whole section was not populated. Actor James Earl Jones attended, plus Sugar Shane and his gorgeous new gal in a green dress. The Corona ring girls were gorgeous as always, slender and big-butted at the same time. How do they do that? Must be an optical illusion. The doors opened before 3:00pm, but the fights were delayed forever, and there were huge gaps in the small undercard. 3:00pm to 10:00pm plus is way too long for a fight card. Just sayin'.

ali says:

Tarver is done..

dino da vinci says:

Tarver was the very least of this card. Kid Chocolate did trainer Freddie proud. Dominguez was game, but outclassed, for now. Santa Cruz had good economy in all his moves, maybe too much economy, but won a good fight. It was fine professional boxing all around. Did I mention I was there with a couple pals? The event was undersold, unfortunately, even though the Home Depot Center in Carson is a great venue! However, only die-hard boxing fans showed up. How is 43 year old Tarver a headliner? One whole section was not populated. Actor James Earl Jones attended, plus Sugar Shane and his gorgeous new gal in a green dress. The Corona ring girls were gorgeous as always, slender and big-butted at the same time. How do they do that? Must be an optical illusion. The doors opened before 3:00pm, but the fights were delayed forever, and there were huge gaps in the small undercard. 3:00pm to 10:00pm plus is way too long for a fight card. Just sayin'.


@Robert. Nice post. Robert, in your opinion, what is the optimum length of time you'd like to spend at a venue to view a fight card?

Robert Curtis says:

5 hours is just right, I think. 7 hours is ridiculous. The doors should have opened at 5:00 for the Tarver/Kayode card, and there needed to be 2 or 3 more four rounders to start the evening. There were huge gaps in activity between 3:00 and 5:30pm yesterday. The last fight I saw at the Home Depot Center in Carson was the Andre Ward vs. Arturo Abraham fight and that was a well organized night. That was a Goosen promotion. There was a deep undercard full of newcomers, and the fights just kept on coming. In fact, I missed two knockouts during the Ward card just trying to buy myself a hotdog at the concessions. Five hours is good night at the fights. A poorly organized fight night like the one yesterday only further injures the fan base and the sport of boxing. It seemed like we were just a studio audience for Showtime. The network didn't care if they abused our patience. Also, when you've got a bunch of folks hanging out for seven hours, a lot of beer gets drunk. This makes for some fun cat calls and comments, and some just repetitive and annoying. I can only imagine there were a few DUIs on the way home for some folks.

Radam G says:

Wow! So is the RETURN of BOBBY C. And WTF! He is bytching and instead of joking. Where is the comedy? Maybe somewhere over the rainbow. WAY! WAY! Up HIGH! I was even at the bouts for the action of Winky and Antonio. And YUP! A few drunks got kick da double fudge outta of the center. Hehehe! Holla!

amayseng says:

I had tarver winning rounds 5,6,7,8,9,10,11.
that would make it 7-5, maybe even 8-4 if you gave tarver the first round, depending how you scored it.

tarver started late, definitely, but he did sweep 7 rounds.

kayode did not do enough to take the belt from the champion, he won his rounds through unpolished activity and aggression.

tarver landed the cleaner and much harder punches and had kayode hurt in i think three different rounds.

antonio looked much over weight, by as much as 10 lbs or more, i know he is 43 but

carrying that extra weight makes 43 that much more difficult.


how about i fell asleep in round 6 of the Rodriguez fight and didnt wake up until way after it was over, didnt even know who won ahaha.. wow was that horribly boring.

amayseng says:

wait, cant remember, maybe i didnt give tarver round 5, cant seem to remember...

haha

the Roast says:

Bobby C back in the house..... I started this card late on DVR after a long BBQ and fell asleep during the Winky fight, woke up for the main event only to crash out in the 8th... it was a snooze fest for me. Could have been all the food and booze.

the Roast says:

Bobby C back in the house..... I started this card late on DVR after a long BBQ and fell asleep during the Winky fight, woke up for the main event only to crash out in the 8th... it was a snooze fest for me. Could have been all the food and booze.

deepwater says:

tarver did enough to win. showtime will ban that guy for his big mouth.

deepwater says:

tarver did enough to win. showtime will ban that guy for his big mouth.

brownsugar says:

I had Kayode winning, initiating what little action there was,.. but he went into a shell after the tenth and let the final 2 round go trying to survive. a fitting end for a "NON-FIGHT"
Great Post Bobby C. felt like I was actually there.

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