Both WBC light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver and his IBF counterpart Glen Johnson have opted to forego their mandatory obligations to the sanctioning organizations they represent to pave the way for their fight on December 18th. Tarver was due to honor his mandatory in a fight with Australia's Paul Briggs who has just signed a promotional agreement with Don King. Likewise, Johnson would have been pitched in for the second defense of his title against Rico Hoye, the man that beat former champion Montell Griffin for the title shot. Boxing politics will fall as they may, leaving Briggs and Hoye to contest the titles with whoever the next available contender is as mandated by their respective sanctioning bodies. But the legitimacy of Tarver-Johnson cannot be called into question, virtually all of boxing recognizes the fight as the only one that can decide the true identity of the world's best light heavyweight.
Watch this space for more developments.