1981-10-03 Mike Weaver w pts 15 James Tillis, Horizon Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, USA - WBA

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1981-10-03 Mike Weaver w pts 15 James Tillis, Horizon Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, USA - WBA. Referee: Stan Christodoulou. Scorecards: 147-142, 145-143, 146-142. Making a good start, using the jab well, Tillis (209) looked to be a coming champion early on as Weaver (215) found it difficult to get going, often looking slow and lethargic. However, by the sixth when Tillis began to slow Weaver came into it more, nailing his challenger with hard left-rights. It was clear that Tillis was fast tiring, and in the tenth he was backing off as Weaver began to let the punches go. Tillis was still in the fight though, having Weaver on the verge of being knocked out after bombing him with a short right in the 12th. Both men were staggered in the 14th, but from there on in it was all Weaver while Tillis appeared lucky to make it to the final bell.

Once again inactive, this time it was not entirely Weaver’s fault when a scheduled defence against Randall Cobb was twice postponed due to first Weaver and then Cobb being injured. The fight was eventually cancelled when Weaver was ordered by the WBA to make a defence against the number-one challenger, Michael Dokes.