Despite recently inducted Hall of Famer Kostya Tszyu calling for fellow Australian boxing star Danny Green to retire, Green's team says that is not in the cards, and a rematch with Antonio Tarver is what they'll seek.
"I think no...(there's no need) for Danny to prove anything. He did what he did for his career," Tszyu said on Thursday. "I think he took the fight too lightly. He felt he's going to be walking through the tunnel...it's going to be an easy fight for him."
... "I think there will be nothing surer than wanting a rematch with Tarver," [trainer Angelo Hyder] said. "That's what he'd want more than anything, but let's see what happens."
Tarver has already mentioned that he would consider a rematch, and would do it again in Australia, and like I said earlier, I think that shows that he enjoyed the payday and the fight crowd in Australia. Tarver has slipped into irrelevance, really, to American fight fans, and at age 42 is not likely to start winning them back after years of not being a draw. The loss to Bernard Hopkins and weak comeback from that really took a toll on his marketability, and the fact is that Tarver has never really been a fan favorite. As a traveling star with big credentials, he can make some real money. Roy Jones Jr is way more shot than Tarver, but if he signed to fight abroad again, he'd make decent money. It's a rare chance for fans outside of the U.S. to see guys who were once at the top of the sport, and really, I think American boxing fans are the least forgiving out there.
Do you have any interest in a Tarver vs Green rematch? This fight was pretty conclusive, but at the same time, if Tarver isn't going to fight the real top guys at cruiserweight, who else would he fight? Lateef Kayode wants it, but would that be worth the trouble for Tarver?
Here are some highlights from the fight on Wednesday, if you still haven't seen anything. The full fight is up on YouTube.