Mike “Hercules” Weaver
The oldest of the brother of the “Fighting Weaver Triplets”, Floyd, Lloyd, and Troy, Mike Weaver became involved with amateur boxing and training while serving the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War."
He started his professional career as a sparring partner to Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton the latter who famously nicknamed him, ‘Hercules’.
Five straight KO’s (with two coming against top-ranked opponents) earned him a high profile World title fight with the reigning undefeated WBC champion Larry Holmes in New York’s Madison Square Garden in June 1979. Weaver put up a tough battle and proved far better than expected although losing to Holmes after a TKO in the 12th.
Weaver’s surprise showing had made him a high profile name. In March 1980, Weaver won the WBA title from John Tate. Their fight produced one of the divisions finest knock outs ever. The giant Tate dominated Weaver for all the first 10 rounds. But then, with sheer determination, a battered Weaver suddenly turned it around and with only 40 seconds left in the 15th round, Weaver caught Tate bouncing off the ropes and threw him a truly lethal left hook. It dropped Tate to the canvas out cold for well over a minute.
Weaver held onto the WBA Heavyweight title for two years, defending it in hard fought matches against Gerrie Coetzee and James ‘Quick’ Tillis before losing it in a controversial fight against Michael Dokes.
Today, Weaver is retired and currently lives in California with his family.
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