Former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver last fought in June 2012, when he had a draw with Lateef Kayode in a cruiserweight fight at Home Depot Center in Carson. But he tested positive for steroids afterward, and he was suspended for a year by the California State Athletic Commission.
Tarver, who will be 45 on Nov. 21, will make a comeback as a heavyweight when he takes on Mike Sheppard in a 10-round fight Nov. 26 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. (on Fox Sports 1).
Tarver is anxious to get back in the saddle.
“I’m looking forward to getting back into the ring and showing the world that the ‘Magic Man’ is better than ever and ready for the big fights,” he said. “This is the perfect opportunity to make a statement at home and I can’t wait.”
Tarver, of Tampa, Fla., is 29-6 with 20 knockouts. Sheppard, 38, is from Palestine, West Virgina. He is 21-15-1 with nine knockouts.
Welterweight Sadam Ali of Brooklyn of Brooklyn will put his undefeated record on the line next Monday when he takes on Jay Krupp of Catskill, N.Y., in the main event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Golden Boy Promotions card will be televised live on Fox Sports 1.
Ali, 24, is 16-0 with 10 knockouts. He has stopped seven of his past nine opponents inside the distance. This will be the first bout under the Golden Boy banner for Ali, who has not fought in 11 months.
Krupp, 30, is 17-5 with eight knockouts.
Former welterweight champion Luis Collazo of Brooklyn on Monday night won a unanimous decision over prospect Alan Sanchez in the main event at Cowboys Dance Hall in San Antonio, Texas.
The Golden Boy Promotions card was televised live on Fox Sports 1.
Collazo (34-5, 17 KOs) won by scores of 97-93, 98-92 and 99-91.
Collazo, 32, held one of the four major belts in 2005, but lost it to Ricky Hatton in his second defense in May 2006.
Sanchez, 22, is from Fairfield, Calif. He was on a seven-fight winning streak. He is now 12-3-1.
Three-time U.S. Olympian Rau’shee Warren has been added to Monday night’s Golden Boy Promotions card in San Antonio that will be televised on Fox Sports 1.
Warren (5-0, 3 KOs), of Cincinnati, will take on light-hitting Omar Gonzalez (6-8, 1 KO) of San Antonio in the bantamweight division.
Warren, 26, boxed in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, losing in the first round all three times.
Former welterweight world champion Luis Collazo of Brooklyn will take on Alan Sanchez of Fairfield, Calif., in the main event Sept. 2 at Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio. The Golden Boy Promotions card will be televised on the new Fox Sports 1, which launches Aug. 17.
Collazo, 32, most recently fought April 27 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and stopped Miguel Callist in the fifth round.
Sanchez, just 22, is 12-2-1 with six knockouts and has won seven consecutive bouts after a draw with Luis Grajeda in September 2010.