Frank Tate vs. Michael Nunn

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Nunn hits Tate with a left uppercut

1988-07-28 : Michael Nunn 160 lbs beat Frank Tate 160 lbs by TKO at 0:40 in round 9 of 15

  • IBF Middleweight Title (2nd defense by Tate)


  • Tate won two of three bouts against Nunn as an amateur.
  • The fight was shown on pay-per-view and was rebroadcast by Showtime.
  • According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, paid attendance was 1,770 at the Caesars Palace Sports Pavilion.

Nunn Stops Tate for Title:

Unbeaten Michael Nunn stopped previously unbeaten Frank Tate with a flurry of head punches early in the ninth round last night in Las Vegas, Nev., and captured Tate's International Boxing Federation middleweight title. Tate, who barely beat the count after being knocked down at the end of the eighth round, was helpless on the ropes when Referee Mills Lane moved in to stop the bout 40 seconds into the ninth round. Nunn had thoroughly frustrated the champion through the first eight rounds before stunning him with a left-right to the body just before the bell. Tate was on his knees in the center of the ring and was able to get up at the count of 9. But Nunn came out strong in the ninth round and knocked Tate into the ropes with a series of head shots. Tate, who was defending the 160-pound title for the second time, won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics. Nunn, who received $100,000 for the bout, improved his record to 31-0 with his 21st knockout. Tate, whose record fell to 23-1, was paid $400,000. (Associated Press)

Preceded by:
Tate vs. Sibson
IBF Middleweight Title Fight
# 9
Succeeded by:
Nunn vs. Roldan