Antonio Tarver & Frank Mir Discuss Boxing Match On Paul-Askren Undercard
Former boxing world champion Antonio Tarver and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir are on a collision course and have spoken about it.
Tarver hasn’t seen the boxing ring since August 2015. He is now 52 years old but he will be going one-on-one with Frank Mir. Mir doesn’t have pro boxing experience but he’s had 32 pro MMA fights. Mir’s Bellator contract expired months after his unanimous decision win over Roy Nelson, thus allowing him to take this boxing match.
In a Triller press release, Mir explained why he wanted to share the ring with the man who upset Roy Jones Jones Jr. back in 2004.
“I am a competitor. I have been all my life. I take on challenges to grow and better myself as a person. I have always wanted to test myself in the boxing ring so when this opportunity arose I jumped on it. I will prove that MMA training in fact makes us the best boxers, and I stand for all MMA fans and fighters. This isn’t just a boxing match, this is the one that will finally prove the skill and dedication of all MMA fighters.”
Tarver chimed in, saying despite being 52 he’s ready to leave it all in the ring.
“It’s been a long-time coming. 52 is 52. Facts are facts. As pound for pound best heavyweight of my time, I am bringing it. Mir is a great fighter but I hope he’s training hard because I’m coming at him like a freight train, and one that is unstoppable.”
Tarver vs. Mir will be featured on the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren card on April 17. Click here for a rundown of the card.