2003-04-26 Antonio Tarver w pts 12 Montell Griffin, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA - IBF/WBC
2003-04-26 Antoine Tarver w pts 12 Montell Griffin, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA - IBF/WBC. Referee: Michael Ortega. Scorecards: 120-106, 120-106, 120-106. On top from the start, Tarver (175) won the vacant WBC and IBF titles by a wide margin in what was a messy affair against a man who was outreached by seven inches. The 5’7” Griffin (175) was dropped by a cracking southpaw left cross in the first round having slipped over earlier, and finding it too difficult to reach Tarver he was forced to take a battering. Way behind with cuts on both eyes, Griffin was smashed to the floor in the 12th by a big left to the head before getting up and making it to the final bell. Tarver relinquished the IBF title at the end of October in order to defend his WBC belt against Roy Jones.