It was a busy weekend in boxing, with a few important bouts and a former champ making news outside the ring.
Antonio Tarver was arrested in Florida and is currently being held on $215,425 bail. According to TMZ, Tarver was taken into custody for failing to pay the $200,000 he owed the Wynn Las Vegas. The warrant out of Nevada was issued from an incident in 2012.
The report states that the 45-year-old took out $50,000 in gambling markers on July 24, 2012. He did the same thing two days later, and took out $100,000 on July 27, 2012. The ex-light heavyweight champ is also being sued by Wynn in civil court.
Tarver’s defeated Mike Sheppard on Nov. 26, winning on a fourth-round knockout. It was his first bout after a 17-month absence, because of a failed drug test.
Between the ropes, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. picked up a big victory on Saturday, defeating Bryan Vera. It was a rematch between the two boxers, who previously met on Sept. 28. Chavez was awarded the win in the first match, but it was surrounded by controversy. The 28-year-old entered the fight overweight, and had to pay Vera six figures in order to fight at 173 pounds, instead of the agreed-upon 168 pounds. Chavez was awarded a unanimous decision, even though many in attendance thought Vera got the better of him.
This time around, though, Chavez was prepared. The judges scored the bout 117-110, 117-110, and 114-113, in favor of the former middleweight champ.
"This time I prepared to win round by round and not to make weight," Chavez said. "A week before I was on weight and I was able to work. Losing the weight wasn't a problem and didn't take my strength away.
Chavez moves to 48-1-1 in his career. He could go on to face super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham, who won the title on Saturday.