Former World Champion Antonio Tarver To Fight In Valley

The State Farm Arena will host a nationally televised boxing card for the first time in over 7 years when former world champion and Olympic medalist Antonio Tarver faces Johnathan Banks Monday, September 29th in Hidalgo.

Tarver, 45, has fought only once in the two years since a controversial no-contest against Lateef Kayode. After that bout, Tarver was suspended by the California boxing commission for reportedly testing positve for an anabolic steroid.

Banks, 32, dropped the WBC international heavyweight belt by unanimous decision to Seth Mitchell in Brooklyn in his last fight held June 22nd, 2013, a rematch of a fight Banks had won 8 months earlier. Banks is also renowned in boxing circles as one of the trainers for world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

The Tarver-Banks fight is the only bout scheduled so far for a card that will be televised worldwide by Fox Sports 1, and promoted by Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions and Leija Battah Promotions.

Tickets for the card go on sale Friday August 15th.

The last nationally televised boxing card held in Hidalgo was the Rafael Marquez-Israel Vasquez rematch on August 4th, 2007 from the Dodge Arena, since renamed State Farm Arena.

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