On this day: Antonio Tarver avenges Glen Johnson loss, regains 175-pound championship

On this day: Antonio Tarver avenges Glen Johnson loss, regains 175-pound championship Photo by Chris Graythen/ Getty Images 18 Jun by The Ring “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” On June 18, 2005, in a direct rematch, Antonio Tarver scored a 12-round unanimous decision over the criminally underrated Glen Johnson at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee, regaining the Ring light heavyweight championship in the process. The official scores were 116-112, 116-112 and 115-113. At that time, Tarver (23-3, 18 KOs) had the distinction of having avenged all three of his setbacks. Eric Harding broke his jaw and outpointed him in June 2000, but was dominated and stopped in the fifth round of a July 2002 rematch. Roy Jones Jr. scraped through on a controversial majority decision over Tarver in November 2003, only to be spectacularly knocked out in two rounds seven months later. That narrative continued in the Johnson sequel. Not only was Tarver motivated to avenge the defeat he’d suffered at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in December 2004; he didn’t feel that he’d lost in the first place. This perceived injustice had lit a fire under the Florida star. “I didn’t lose the first fight,” Tarver told The Ring years later. “There’s no way in hell any competent judge can give Glen Johnson the 11th or the 12th rounds – I won that fight. I took some shots, but I was never hurt, fought back and landed all the big bombs. I tore his ass up. In my career, I always had to do more than what is normally expected from someone. I shouldn’t have to do that – just judge the fight fairly. “I came with more focus in that second fight and I beat him at his own game. I stayed in the center of the ring, I didn’t run, I fought, and I tore his ass up again.” YOU MAY HAVE MISSED ANTONIO TARVER: GREATEST HITS GET THE LATEST ISSUE AT THE RING SHOP (CLICK HERE) or Subscribe Please leave this field empty SIGN UP TO GET RING NEWS ALERTS Share this story Ratings | View All Top 6 Pound for Pound 1 2 3 4 5 6 Trending On this day: Henry Cooper almost destroys Muhammad Ali legend before it begins On this day: Antonio Tarver avenges Glen Johnson loss, regains 175-pound championship Robeisy Ramirez aims to become part of the new Cuban elite in boxing David Cuellar stops Yader Cardoza in five on Friday night Eros Correa upsets bantamweight up-and-comer Saul Sanchez by 10-round split decision Schedule | View All 18Jun Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr. (ESPN/ESPN+) 25Jun Murodjon Akhmadaliev vs. Ronny Rios; Jessica McCaskill vs. Alma Ibarra; Jesse Rodriguez vs. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (DAZN) 02Jul Mairis Briedis vs. Jai Opetaia Facebook RingTV Official Product Shop Now!

On this day: Antonio Tarver avenges Glen Johnson loss, regains 175-pound championship

On this day: Antonio Tarver avenges Glen Johnson loss, regains 175-pound championship

Photo by Chris Graythen/ Getty Images
18
Jun
by The Ring

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

On June 18, 2005, in a direct rematch, Antonio Tarver scored a 12-round unanimous decision over the criminally underrated Glen Johnson at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee, regaining the Ring light heavyweight championship in the process. The official scores were 116-112, 116-112 and 115-113.

At that time, Tarver (23-3, 18 KOs) had the distinction of having avenged all three of his setbacks. Eric Harding broke his jaw and outpointed him in June 2000, but was dominated and stopped in the fifth round of a July 2002 rematch. Roy Jones Jr. scraped through on a controversial majority decision over Tarver in November 2003, only to be spectacularly knocked out in two rounds seven months later.

That narrative continued in the Johnson sequel. Not only was Tarver motivated to avenge the defeat he’d suffered at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in December 2004; he didn’t feel that he’d lost in the first place. This perceived injustice had lit a fire under the Florida star.

“I didn’t lose the first fight,” Tarver told The Ring years later. “There’s no way in hell any competent judge can give Glen Johnson the 11th or the 12th rounds – I won that fight. I took some shots, but I was never hurt, fought back and landed all the big bombs. I tore his ass up. In my career, I always had to do more than what is normally expected from someone. I shouldn’t have to do that – just judge the fight fairly.

“I came with more focus in that second fight and I beat him at his own game. I stayed in the center of the ring, I didn’t run, I fought, and I tore his ass up again.”