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Old 11-30-2012, 07:57 AM   #46
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Default Re: Greatest Achievement By a Heavyweight

How about a shout for Mike Weaver?

Vietnam vet. Never had a promoter backing him and was a regional California fighter suffering numerous early ko defeats to assorted opponents. Then he fights Tate in John's backyard and once again was a big underdog. Just like Mike's earlier fights when he stepped up. And Tate is flat out dominating him.

There he is miles behind in the fight. If it's golf, he needed 2 consecutive holes in one for the 17th and 18th holes to win the match. And somehow he did it.

And he did it as conclusively as the sport has seen for all the marbles--the heavyweight championship of the world. He ruined John Tate. And this was a true rags to riches hollywood type ending for a guy never taking the easy path.
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