A portly Antonio Tarver stops journeyman Mike Sheppard

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Tarver finally returned after getting suspended for one-year by the CSAC.

Former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver earned a fourth round TKO over journeyman Mike Sheppard last night at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

The 45-year-old Tarver (30-6-0-1, 21 KOs), who last exited the squared circle in June 2012 following a controversial draw with Nigerian Lateef Kayode, floored the 38-year-old Sheppard (21-16-1, 9 KOs) three times before the match was halted at 1:53 of the decisive frame.

Tarver, a southpaw from Orlando who earned a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, was a decent pugilist mainly known for beating Roy Jones and the fictional Rocky Balboa as Mason “The Line” Dixon.

However, now portly, slow and unconditioned, it’s evident “The Magic Man” can’t prevail without the aid of steroids.

Sports figures across the board have long deceived the public and Tarver’s nothing more than a cheater.

With or without juice, Tarver should have emerged victorious against a substandard prizefighter like Sheppard.

To diminish any praise, unlike Antonio Tarver, Rocky Balboa would still knock Mike Sheppard onto Queer Street within 60 seconds.

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