Former world champion Antonio Tarver is now not returning to the ring on April 17 in Atlanta, in keeping with ESPN.
The 52-year-old retired fighter was scheduled to face former UFC heavyweight champion, Frank Mir, in a boxing match.
Tarver vs. Mir was one of many undercard fights introduced for the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren pay-per-view.
Nevertheless, Tarver was not cleared to compete by the Georgia Athletic & Leisure Fee, per fee government director Matt Woodruff.
Based on Woodruff, Tarver was not accredited for a license due to a state bylaw.
In an effort to be accredited for a license, Woodruff defined that any competitor 50-years or older will need to have taken half in no less than 10 professional fights within the final 10 years.
Tarver noticed motion solely 5 occasions within the final 10 years and has been inactive for the final six years.
The brand new opponent being proposed for the combat is former IBF cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham, in keeping with Mir’s workforce.
Woodruff cautions to ESPN that Cunningham’s approval for the combat is pending, as medicals have to be submitted.
Cunningham (29-9-1, 13 KOs) is barely 44-years-old, which permits him to keep away from the state’s bylaw. He is been inactive since 2017 and has one victory in his final 5 fights.
Cunningham fought Tarver to a twelve spherical cut up attract 2015. He is solely been stopped as soon as, by present heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, which got here in 2013. Cunningham dropped Fury within the second spherical of that combat.