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Mike Weaver Kayos John Tate One of the most stunning and improbable knockouts in boxing history: From March 31, 1980, challenger Mike Weaver, who had been totally outclassed through 14 rounds, knocks WBA heavyweight champion John Tate cold with one timely left hook with less than a minute left in the fight. ABC's Keith Jackson describes the action.
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Added: 21st January 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-01-21 
This was a stunner.

I recall watching this bout on television. It was one of four world title fights that night shown live on ABC. (I was in heaven!) Weaver had done zilch for 14 rounds. All Tate had to do was survive one more round and he'd win an easy decision in front of his hometown fans in Knoxville, TN. He'd also likely get lucrative a title unification fight with WBS champion Larry Holmes (who won his fight that night). Instead his career took a nosedive because of that one left hook by Weaver.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-01-21 
Tate was also knocked cold by Trevor Berbick in his next fight three months later in Montreal. He was never a serious title contender after that.

Tate became a cocaine addict who often panhandled on the streets of Knoxville. His weight ballooned to 400 pounds. He died in a one-vehicle car accident on April 9, 1998 at the age of 43. The coroner said Tate had likley suffered a stroke while driving, but he had been heavily using cocaine before the crash.
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