Former World Champion Boxer Arrested in Florida

Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
Antonio Tarver

Former world champion boxer Antonio Tarver was arrested in Florida earlier this week on a felony theft and bad check warrant stemming from unpaid IOUs at a Las Vegas Strip casino, the Associated Press reports.

The Florida Highway Patrol arrested Tarver after a traffic stop led to the discovery of a warrant, which had been issued last June in Las Vegas, alleging that the 45-year-old skipped out on three casino loans totaling $200,000, AP reports.


According to AP, in Nevada not paying an IOU is treated like passing a fraudulent check, although most cases are resolved before charges are filed.

Jake Merback, the prosecutor handling the case in Las Vegas, said authorities in Florida told him that Tarver, who won a bronze medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics as a light heavyweight, didn't immediately post bail.

Tarver's professional career included 30 victories and six losses, including light heavyweight titles against opponents including Montel Griffin in 2003, Glencoffe Johnson and Roy Jones Jr. in 2004 and Glen Johnson in 2005, AP reports.

AP notes that Tarver also starred as heavyweight boxer Mason "The Line" Dixon in the 2006 movie Rocky Balboa and has served as a commentator for Showtime Sports Boxing.

Read more at the Associated Press.

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