The 45-year-old Tarver (29-6-0-1, 20 KOs) last exited the squared circle in June 2012 following a controversial draw with Nigerian Lateef Kayode.
However, the bout was ultimately declared a no contest after Tarver tested positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone during a urine screening conducted by The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).
Tarver, a southpaw from Orlando who earned a bronze medal as a light heavyweight at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, was subsequently suspended for one-year by the CSAC.
Comparatively, the 38-year-old Sheppard (21-15-1, 9 KOs) most recently vacated the ring on August 3 as a unanimous decision victor over Justin Novaria.
Sheppard had lost three consecutive matches prior to meeting Novaria (4-13, 2 KOs).
Tarver’s a decent pugilist mainly known for beating Roy Jones and the fictional Rocky Balboa as Mason “The Line” Dixon.
Unfortunately, it’s now evident “The Magic Man” can’t prevail without the aid of synthetic testosterone.
Sports figures across the board have long deceived the public and Tarver’s nothing more than a cheater.
Against a substandard prizefighter like Mike Sheppard, Tarver should emerge victorious later this evening.
Regardless, Antonio Tarver will never again be considered a legitimate contender.by