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 – IBO/The Ring. Referee: Pat Russell. Scorecards: 115-113, 115-113, 112-116. Billed for The Ring magazine’s championship belt, they said it could not get any better for the 35-year-old Johnson, but it did. Although the southpaw champion was always looking to unload there was never much between them and 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 the an injury to his left hand early on while Johnson said that it was his sound defence that enabled his inspired victory.