Tarver denied boxing license, Cunningham to now face Mir on April 17

Triller Fight Club announced on Wednesday that former cruiserweight world champion Steve Cunningham will replace Antonio Tarver on its April 17 event at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. 

According to ESPN, the 52-year-old Tarver did not meet the requirements to compete put forth by the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission, per commission executive director Matt Woodruff.

The 44-year-old Cunningham (29-9-1) will now face former MMA star Frank Mir, who will make his boxing debut in this fight. The 41-year-old Mir last fought in MMA back in 2019 when he defeated Roy Nelson under the Bellator banner. 

Cunningham last fought in 2017 when he lost to Andrew Tabiti by unanimous decision on the undercard of Mayweather-McGregor. 

Jake Paul will take on former Bellator and OneFC Championship champion Ben Askren in the main event. Also, super lightweight Regis Prograis, a former world champion and arguably one of the top two super lightweights in the world, takes on Ivan Redkach. Joe Fournier challenges music icon and worldwide star Reykon.

The rest of the card will be announced shortly.

The lineup for the four-hour Pay Per View show, which will be 49.99, will include performances by Justin Bieber, The Black Keys, Doja Cat, Saweetie, Diplo, Major Lazer, and the exclusive world premiere of the hip hop supergroup Mt. Westmore (Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Too $hort, and E-40) performing for their first time together. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Bert Marcus will lead and direct the creative storytelling for the Triller Fight Club event.




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