When it comes to combat sports, boxing is one of the oldest yet most relevant sports out there. For centuries now, fans have tuned into to see everyone from strawweight (105 pounds) to heavyweight (200 pounds-plus) fighters battle it out in the squared circle. But it's about more than just which guy packs the heaviest punch, factors such as speed, a fighter's mentality, interaction with corner men and defense all play pivotal roles in determining who will come out victorious. To break down some of these significant parts of the game and intangibles like trash-talking and entrance music, we chopped it up with current IBO cruiserweight champion Antonio Tarver.

The Magic Man is going on 15 years of professional fights and has held each of the world light heavyweight titles (WBC, WBA, Ring Magazine, IBF and IBO) during his career. That being said, there's no doubt that the champ knows a thing or two about the sweet science and what fans should look out for. So, with big matches on deck like tomorrow's Lucian Bute v. Glen Johnson match for the IBF super middleweight title (9 p.m. EST on Showtime), check out Antonio Tarver's Guide To Watching Boxing...

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