Antonio Tarver is a well-known American personality who was a professional boxer from 1997 to 2015. He had won several light heavyweight world titles, including the WBA, WBC, IBO, and IBF.

He also competed in the 1996 Olympics, the Pan American Games in 1995, and the United States National Championships in 1995. In addition, Antonio is a boxing commentator and has appeared in a film.

Quick Facts

Celebrated Name:Antonio Tarver
Real Name/Full Name:Antonio Dean Tarver
Age:53 years old
Birth Date:21 November 1968
Birth Place:Orlando, Florida, United States
Height:1.88 m
Weight:89.7 kg
Sexual Orientation:Straight
Marital Status:Married
Wife/Spouse (Name):Denise Tarver (m. 1999)
Children/Kids (Son and Daughter):Yes (Antonio Tarver Jr.)
Dating/Girlfriend (Name):N/A
Is Antonio Tarver Gay?:No
Profession:Former Boxer, commentator
Net Worth in 2022:$1.5 Million
Last Updated:June 2022

Antonio Tarver Biography

Antonio Tarver was born on November 21, 1968. He attended Boone High School for his high school education. Antonio fell in love with boxing at the age of ten. This occurred when he fought Roy Jones Jr., who helped Antonio become a famous and renowned boxer in the future. Apart from that, little is known about Antonio Tarver’s early life.

Antonio Tarver Age, Height, Weight

Antonio Tarver was born on November 21, 1968, is 53 years old as of today, June 15, 2022. His height is 1.88 m, and he weighs 89.7 kg.

Antonio Tarver
Antonio Tarver


Antonio made his professional debut in boxing at the age of eight in 1997. At the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, he made his debut with a second-round knockout. Antonio saw the colors of success during his early career, when he won 16 fights, 14 by knockout. In Las Vegas in 2000, he defeated Ernest Mateen by knockout. In the same year, Antonio suffered his first defeat against Eric Harding in Mississippi.

Antonio defeated Reggie Johnson, the two-time weight world champion, two years later. After that, Antonio defended his WBC and IBF light-heavyweight titles against Montel Griffin. Antonio received his first world title here. Roy Jones Jr., the boxing king, was defeated by Antonio Tarver in a thrilling fight in 2003. But that was not the end of the story. In 2004, a rematch was scheduled. When Antonio fought Roy and won, he gained massive popularity and instant celebrity in this town.

He was even approached about appearing on popular magazine covers such as Ring and KO. At this point, Antonio became the co-host (for one telecast) of ESPN’s Friday Night Finals.

Antonio had a bad year in 2004 when the WBC stripped him of his world title because he chose to fight Glenn Johnson rather than the WBC’s mandatory challenger. The WBA had even stripped him of his Super Champion title.

This incident did not diminish Antonio’s or Glen Johnson’s fame, as it was greatly appreciated that the two boxers chose to fight each other rather than succumb to the pressures of boxing sanctioning bodies. Antonio, on the other hand, did not win his fight against Glenn Johnson. Antonio won his third fight against Roy Jones Jr. Kim in 2005 in Florida.

The following year, Antonio faced Bernard Hopkins for the world middleweight championship. However, it went against Antonio Tarver, and he suffered a massive defeat. Antonio then decided to stay out of the ring for nearly a year. He returned to the ring in 2007 and defeated Elvir Muriqi. He kept fighting Danny Santiago until he regained the IBF title by defeating Clinton Woods. In addition to his professional boxing career, he played heavyweight champion Mason Dixon in the film Rocky Balboa.

Antonio Tarver’s Wife, Marriage

Antonio Tarver has received numerous awards for his successful boxing career. The Best Boxer ESPY Award is one such honor. He gained attention, particularly when he faced pound-for-pound king Roy Jones Jr.

Antonio Tarver’s Net Worth In 2022

Antonio has a net worth of $1.5 million as of June 2022. His fame as a boxer contributed significantly to his net worth. He also made money as a boxing commentator and analyst, as well as by appearing in a movie.

After a brief hiatus in his career in 2015, Antonio announced his return in 2021. He was supposed to fight Frank Mir, but Antonio later backed out of the fight. This was the last word on Antonio. We look forward to hearing more about him in the future.

Antonio Tarver Wife, Marriage

Unfortunately, little information about Antonio Tarver’s personal life is available. All we know is that he has been married to Denise since 1999, and the couple has a son named Antonio Tarver Jr.