Full name: John "Johnny" Tate
Nickname(s): Big John
Height: 6-3.5 (193 cm)
Weight: 229 lbs (104 kg)
Born: January 29, 1955 in Marion, Arkansas, United States
Died: April 9, 1998 in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Country: United States
Related Olympians: Brother of Frank Tate.
Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)
As an amateur, Johnny Tate never quite seemed able to win the big title, although he was always close. He was runner-up in the 1975 Golden Gloves and the 1975 Pan-American Games. At the Olympics in 1976, he fought Teófilo Stevenson in the semi-finals and the great Cuban heavyweight knocked him out. Johnny Tate had a very mixed career as a professional. In 1979, by defeating Ken Norton, he laid claim to the WBA heavyweight title after Muhammad Ali retired. But Tate held the title only one year before losing to Mike Weaver in a 15th-round knockout. In addition, Larry Holmes was the WBC champion at the time and considered by everybody as the real heavyweight champion. Tate never again had a title fight after losing his championship. He fought professionally thru 1988, finishing his career with a record of 34 wins and 3 losses.
An addiction to cocaine contributed to serious financial problems and, after convictions for assault and theft, he resorted to begging on the streets of Knoxville.
In 1998 he suffered a massive stroke, caused by a brain tumour, whilst driving his pickup truck. The truck crashed into a utility pole, killing Tate and seriously injuring two passengers. The Knox County medical examiner stated that Tate "had been using cocaine regularly in the last 24 hours of his life."
|1976 Summer||21||Montréal||Boxing||Men's Heavyweight||United States||USA||3T||Bronze|
|1976 Summer||21||Montréal||Boxing||United States||USA||Semi-Finals||Match #1||2||1976-07-29||Stevenson (CUB) , Tate (USA)|
|1976 Summer||21||Montréal||Boxing||United States||USA||Quarter-Finals||Match #1||1||1976-07-28||Tate (USA) , Hussing (FRG)||decision||3||60||58||59||59||59+||295|
|1976 Summer||21||Montréal||Boxing||United States||USA||Round Two||Match #1||1||1976-07-26||Tate (USA) , Biegalski (POL)||decision||5||59||59||59||59||60||296|
|1976 Summer||21||Montréal||Boxing||United States||USA||Round One||Match #2||1||1976-07-22||Tate (USA)||bye|