Six months after heavyweight Antonio Tarver, the former light heavyweight world champion, tested positive for synthetic testosterone, the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board is finally holding a hearing on the matter.
That is only part of Tarver's troubles.
Tarver's 'A' urine sample and 'B' urine sample both tested positive for the banned substance following his draw against Steve Cunningham on Aug. 14 in the main event of a Spike-televised Premier Boxing Champions card at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
The NJSACB has scheduled Tarver for a disciplinary hearing on the matter at 10 a.m. ET Thursday in Trenton, New Jersey. Tarver (31-6-1, 22 KOs), 47, of Tampa, who faces a probable fine and suspension, has denied taking any illegal substance, though this was the second time in three years that he failed a drug test.
Tarver also tested positive after a cruiserweight fight with Lateef Kayode in June 2012 in Carson, California. In that instance, he tested positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone in a urine test conducted by the California State Athletic Commission.
The result of the fight, also a draw, was eventually changed to a no decision. Tarver was fined $2,500 of his $1 million purse and suspended for a year.
The positive test caused Showtime to fire him as its ringside analyst and NBC to fire him from his assignment to call the 2012 Olympic boxing tournament later that summer. Tarver currently works as a boxing analyst for the Premier Boxing Champions telecasts on Spike, which has not made any comment about his current situation.
Tarver is having other issues beyond the probable suspension for his second drug offense. According to Tampa television station WFLA, Tarver faces possible jail time over child support delinquency. He reportedly has been behind on child support payments for his 14-year-old daughter since 2008 and owes $779,000.
A Hillsborough County, Florida, magistrate recently found him in "willful contempt" of his child support order and has given him until Wednesday to turn over his 2010 Mercedes SUV (valued at around $19,000) as partial payment. Tarver has also been ordered to turn over his title belts and 1996 Olympic bronze medal, which would be sold to help pay the debt. If he misses the payment deadline, he will face jail time.
According to WFLA, Tarver's only income -- besides occasional fights -- is the $10,000 he makes per announcing assignment on Spike.
At a recent hearing on the matter, WFLA reported that after the order to turn over the car was issued, Tarver told the Magistrate Mary Lou Cuellar-Stillo, "How am I gonna get to work? How am I gonna get to training? How am I gonna provide for myself with no transportation?"
After Cuellar-Stillo told him to remain calm, Tarver said, "How can I remain calm [when] you're taking my whole life from me? You're stripping me of everything."
Tarver's purse for the fight with Cunningham was $250,000.
According to WFLA, Tarver's financial affidavit filed with the court in December said he has not filed a federal income tax return since 2007, which means he is also facing tax issues.