Boxer Antonio Tarver arrested in Pinellas for warrant out of Nevada

11:45 AM, Mar 3, 2014   |    comments
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Clearwater, Florida -- Former heavyweight champion boxer Antonio Tarver has been arrested in Pinellas County, for a warrant out of Nevada.

Tarver, 45, was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol on Saturday night after he was pulled over for a tag violation.

Authorities describe the charge as a felony warrant for failure to appear in court over "insufficient funds," and that he had tried passing a worthless check.

TMZ reports Tarver is in a legal battle with the casino Wynn Las Vegas, and is accused of not paying back a gambling marker.

Tarver, who lives in Lutz, is a former light heavyweight champion, and was a bronze medalist at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. His professional career includes 30 victories and six losses. He also co-starred with Sylvester Stallone in the 2006 movie Rocky Balboa, where he played Mason "The Line" Dixon.

Tarver remains in Pinellas County Jail on $215,425 bail, and is expected to be extradited to Nevada.

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