While the state of the Blackzilians remains uneasy, the camp has a new head striking coach.
Antonio Tarver announced during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour that he has been hired to work with fighters inside the Florida-based camp. Tarver, 48 years old, is a former multi-time light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion.
“It’s been a process in the making for some time, but Glen Robinson reached out to me three weeks ago, we sat down and we chopped it up,” Tarver said. “The next thing I know, I’m the head striking coach for the MMA Blackzilians. It’s exciting. I’m glad to be working with these guys and it shows me that there is still something there for me to make a big splash and impact on. I never though it would be in MMA, I thought it would be in the heavyweight division.
“Right now I am just following my dream and footsteps of doing what I know what I can do, and that’s help fighters. I’ve always seen myself in this position. I didn’t think it’d be in MMA, but in boxing, though it’s still the same thing”
Tarver also won the bronze in the 1996 Summer Olympics and is 31-6-1 in his boxing career. He last fought in late 2015, going the distance with Steve Cunningham in a bout ruled a draw.
During the interview, which you can hear above, Tarver gives his thoughts on a potential Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather boxing match.