(Interview conducted in 2007)
“I have no regrets.”–Mike Weaver
The date March 31, 1980…The Network ABC… The card was a double bill with Eddie Mustafa Muhammad fighting then champion Marvin Johnson. Muhammad would knock out Johnson in the eleventh round to take the title and lead us into the main event that night. That main event pitted World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Champion “Big” John Tate, 22-0 with 15 knockouts in his first defense against top heavyweight contender Mike Weaver, 21-9, with 14 knockouts. Tate had won the title a little over five months earlier against South African Gerrie Coetzee via a 15 round decision.