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8CN Exclusive: One on One With Antonio Tarver "I want David Haye!"

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Former light heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver recently knocked out Johnathon Banks in impressive fashion. With this knockout it sends a message to the likes of a Mr. David Haye, and a Wladimir Klitschko.

In this exclusive 8CN interview Tarver went right after David Haye, pulling no punches whatsoever. He made it clear who he wants next, and he's willing to go to England to make this fight happen.

Tarver tells 8CN that all attempts to get Haye's attention have been ignored. He's done everything but go to Hayes house in England and knock on his door. Check out what else the former champ had to say.

 

8CN – What's up champ, how ya feeling?

 

AT – Man I feel good. I'm rested and mission is accomplished. I told my coach that if we get there, we are gonna be okay. We had a lot of little issues that came up. The whole camp was overcoming one obstacle or another. We made it though, and I feel good about my performance.

 

8CN – Talk about your knockout win over Banks.

 

AT – I don't think that I was in the type of physical shape that I wanted to be in for the first two fights at heavyweight, but for Banks I knew I had to be in shape. I felt like I had to be at my best because this guy packs a punch. He's a veteran pro, and the trainer of a heavyweight champion. He was a student of the great Emmanuel Steward. This is what people don't understand. That man knows how to fight. I know nobody that wants to meet up with him in an alley. People can say what they want, but I had to be at my best. I don't think that people underestimate me, but I've never NOT done what I said I was gonna do in the ring. I'm not playing with these guys. I'm subject to knockout any man in the heavyweight division. This makes me a threat. I don't care how big they are Brad. If I put my left hand on them, I win. That's for everyone out there. From Klitschko, Haye, Fury, all of them guys out there. They can't outbox me, period!

 

8CN – I remember back when Ishe Smith fought Fernando Guerrero. You and I were speaking about you going up to heavyweight to go after the Klitschko's. With this win over Banks, where do you go from here? What's next?

 

AT – Man look, I'm 46 years old. I've done everything in boxing that I've wanted to do. I feel right now that I have the ability and the skill to really make a run at this thing. I can beat Waldimir Klitschko, I'm telling you, if I get that shot I can beat him. I'm also saying that if I get David Haye right now in England, I'll beat him too, but they don't want to give me that shot. They don't want to give me the fight that will cement my legacy in boxing. If David Haye don't want to fight me, that's a damn shame. I've been on this man on Twitter for over 6 months, and he won't even acknowledge me. Everybody wants to see that fight. The credibility that I have? And he won't even do business with me? Man that fight would be huge in England. I'm telling all the people, everyone, that I'm coming for that heavyweight title. Nothing is going to stop me. I'll beat any of these young cats.

 

8CN – If they made that fight (Haye vs. Tarver) in England, it would be a very big fight.

 

AT – Listen man, I'm coming for that heavyweight title. I'm 46 and I'll beat any of them young cats. Right now they let the cat out of the bag. I'm gonna be Antonio Tarver now! I'm telling the world, I'm gonna be the heavyweight champion of the world! Watch this miracle right before your eyes. Who's gonna bet against me? Do my history and do my research. They gave me a platform on ESPN, and I performed. I'm gonna beat every person that steps in that ring with me! I'm gonna shoot a live Rocky movie for the whole world to see and that's Walidimir Klitschko! I'll show you how to chop down a tree. I will do it.

 

8CN – So who do you want first? Haye or Klitschko?

 

AT – I want Haye, but he wont fight me. We can fight in England, or in Madison Square Garden, it don't matter to me. If David Haye fights me, I will knock him out. That's the fight I want Brad. After I knockout Haye, then I want Wladimir Klitschko. I'm gonna be Appollo Creed that night with a different ending. I'm gonna shoot a real life Rocky movie, here it comes Brad! I got to have me one of those Russians Brad. Tarver Vs, Klitschko, but first Tarver Vs. Haye. Print that! The Magic Man has spoken!

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