James Tillis vs. Mike Weaver

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1981-10-03 : James Tillis 209 lbs lost to Mike Weaver 215 lbs by UD in round 15 of 15

Weaver had a tentative agreement to meet Gerry Cooney on October 22, 1981, but the WBA said Weaver had to fight Tillis next or be stripped of the title. Cooney was ranked #1 by the WBA and Tillis was ranked #3, but the organization said that Tillis was the highest ranked contender when Weaver was due for a mandatory defense in March 1981.