Name: John Tate
Alias: Big John
Died: 1998-04-09 (Age:43)
Hometown: Marion, Arkansas, USA
Height: 6′ 4″ / 193cm
Reach: 80″ / 203cm
Boxing Record: click
Trainer: Don Marshall
Manager: Jerry "Ace" Miller
John Tate Gallery
- Beat future WBA Heavyweight Champions Michael Dokes and Greg Page in close decisions as an amateur.
- Won the Heavyweight Bronze Medal representing the United States at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada:
- Won the vacant WBA heavyweight title on October 20, 1979, beating Gerrie Coetzee in Pretoria, South Africa. He would lose the title five months later, in Knoxville, Tennessee, suffering a dramatic 15th round knockout at the hands of Mike Weaver.
- Admitted to a cocaine habit during the 1980s and served time in prison for petty theft and assault before resorting to panhandling on the streets of Knoxville.
- Died at age 43 in Knoxville, when he suffered a massive stroke, caused by a brain tumor, while driving. The pickup truck crashed into a utility pole. Two other passengers were not seriously injured. The Knox County medical examiner stated that Tate "had been using cocaine regularly in the last 24 hours of his life".
- Author Kerry Pharr writes an insightful story about John Tate helping to train Keith McKnight for a nationally televised bout shortly before his untimely death in his book Fight The Good Fight: Getting Up After Life Knocks You Down. Available at www.fightthegoodfight.info
| WBA Heavyweight Champion
1979 Oct 20 – 1980 Mar 31