2004-12-18 Glen Johnson w pts 12 Antonio Tarver, Staples Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA - The Ring
2004-12-18 Glen Johnson w pts 12 Antonio Tarver, Staples Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA – The Ring. Referee: Pat Russell. Scorecards: 115-113, 115-113, 112-116. Billed for The Ring magazine’s Championship Belt, even though they said it could not get any better for the 35-year-old Johnson it did. Although the southpaw champion was always looking to unload, with there never being much between them it was Johnson (174¼) who took the verdict, his work-rate being a key factor. Afterwards, Tarver (175) blamed his lack of finishing power on an injury to his left hand early on, while Johnson said that it was his sound defence which enabled his inspired victory.