RARE Lennox Lewis vs Mike Weaver also featuring Tony Lopez vs Lupe Gutierrez official on-site 4 page programme, 12th July 1991, Caesars Tahoe, Outdoor Arena, Stateline, Nevada.
Lewis W KO 6
*Lewis put the 40-year-old Weaver down for the count with a right cross.
Lopez W TKO 6
Price: £ SOLD
Born Lennox Claudius Lewis in West Ham, England on September 2, 1965. The 6' 5” Lewis registered an 85-9 amateur record and capped his amateur career by defeating Riddick Bowe for the 1988 Olympic super heavyweight gold medal.
After turning pro in 1989, he won the EBU heavyweight title in 1990 and scored wins over Gary Mason, Mike Weaver, Tyrell Biggs, and Levi Billups before TKO'ing Donovan (Razor) Ruddock in two rounds in 1992 for the vacant WBC title.
Lewis successfully defended three times (Tony Tucker, Frank Bruno and Phil Jackson) before being upset by Oliver McCall (TKO by 2). Wins over Tommy Morrison (TKO 6) and Ray Mercer (W 10) set up a successful WBC title rematch with McCall (TKO 5). Four successful defences followed, including wins over Andrew Golota (KO 1) and Shannon Briggs (TKO 5).
On March 13, 1999 he met WBA / IBF champ Evander Holyfield in a highly anticipated unification bout. The bout, the highest grossing fight at Madison Square Garden, was ruled a controversial draw. However, Lewis scored a 12-round win in the rematch eight months later. Defences over Michael Grant (KO 2), Frans Botha (TKO 2) and David Tua (W 12) preceded a 5th round KO loss to Hasim Rahman in 2001. Lewis avenged the loss with an emphatic 4th round KO and concluded his career with an 8th round KO over Mike Tyson (2002) and a 6th round TKO over Vitali Klitschko (2003). His pro record reads 41-2-1 (32 KOs).
Lewis now serves as expert commentator for HBO's Boxing After Dark telecasts.
Michael Dwayne Weaver (born July 7, 1952, in Gatesville, Texas) is a retired former WBA heavyweight champion, who is better known in the boxing World simply as Mike Weaver.
Weaver is the older brother of "The Fighting Weaver Triplets" Floyd, Lloyd and Troy.
Weaver was a member of the United States Marine Corps from 1968 to 71, and went to Vietnam, and during this time got into amateur boxing and training. He notably fought Duane Bobick, a future amateur star out of the Navy. In a fight where both men were down, Weaver was outpointed.
Early Professional Career
By 1972 Weaver was living and training in California, and took up professional boxing. In his early career, Weaver was considered a journeyman opponent. He was frequently brought in on short notice and overmatched against more experienced and developed contenders, and used as a sparring partner for Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton, who famously nicknamed him "Hercules" due to his top developed muscle definition.
However after a few losses early on to tough fringe contenders like Howard Smith and even to journeyman Larry Frazier, Weaver showed signs of improvement. He fought both Bobick brothers, losing a debatable 10 round decicison to Rodney, and being stopped on a cut in the 7th to old amateur rival Duane but after decking him.
In 1976 Weaver beat well regarded veteran Jody Ballard, and in 1978 lost two close decisions. First to contender Stan Ward for the California State Heavyweight title, and then to Leroy Jones for the NABF heavyweight title.
In late 1978 Weaver got a new team and manager and reeled off five straight knockouts, two of which came over top ranked opponents. In October 1978 he came off the floor to knock out hard hitting Colombian Bernardo Mercado in 5, and in January 1979 knocked out hulking old foe Stan Ward in 9 to win the USBA heavyweight title.
World Title Challenge To Larry Holmes
These wins helped get him a high profile World title fight with reigning and undefeated WBC champion Larry Holmes in New York's Madison Square Garden in June 1979. New cable channel HBO bought the rights to the fight as Weaver was so lowly-regarded the fight was seen as a mismatch and the networks didn't want anything to do with it (Weaver was 20-8 to Holmes' 30-0).
But Weaver proved far better than expected, however, and gave Holmes a really tough battle. Finally Holmes would rally with that great champion reserve by decking Weaver with sharp uppercut in the 11th and stopping him on his feet in the 12th.
USBA Belt Contest
Although Weaver had lost, his surprise showing had made him a deserved high profile name. Later in the year he was back, retaining his USBA belt with a 12 round decision over Scott LeDoux whom he outboxed rather than slugged with. Using his jab a lot gaining complimentary reviews generally.
WBA Heavyweight Champion
In March 1980 fought John Tate for the WBA title, in Tate's backyard of Knoxville, Tennessee. Tate was an amateur star from the 1976 Olympic team. As a pro he had put together a 20-0 record and won the vacant WBA title by decisioning South African Gerrie Coetzee over fifteen rounds, in front of 86,000 hostile fans in Pretoria, South Africa.
Weaver v Tate produced one of the divisions finest knock outs ever. The giant taller Tate dominated Weaver for all the first 10 rounds. But then with sheer determination a battered Weaver suddenly turned it around, pushing Tate backward. But he'd left it 'too late?' noted the commentator, as only 5 rounds remained and Tate was expected to resume his lead.
However with only 40 seconds left in the 15th round, Weaver caught Tate bouncing off the ropes towards him with a truely lethal left hook. It dropped Tate to the canvas out cold for well over a minute. Press pictures showed Tate sound asleep whilst Weaver did a handstand alongside to celebrate.
In October 1980 Weaver made his first defence, travelling to Sun City, South Africa, to fight Gerrie Coetzee. Weaver knocked Coetzee out in the 13th round. Coetzee a good boxer/puncher had never previously been down, amateur or pro.
In 1981 Weaver outpointed the spoiler James "Quick" Tillis over 15 rounds in Chicago to retain his title after a year's inactivity.
Weaver vs Michael Dokes Controversy
After another year's inactivity, Weaver took on highly regarded Michael Dokes in Las Vegas, December 10, 1982.
Dokes came out fast and dropped Weaver inside the opening minute. As Weaver covered up on the ropes and Dokes missed a few swings, referee Joey Curtis stopped the fight after 1:03 had passed and awarded Dokes the victory by technical knockout. This caused controversy due to the timing of the stoppage, and many in the arena accused the fight of being fixed. The fight also occurred 28 days following the Ray Mancini-Duk Koo Kim fight in Las Vegas that resulted in Kim's death due to a brain injury and Curtis was said to have been warned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to protect the health of the boxers in order to avoid another potential fight-related fatality. (ESPN later ranked this the #7 worst bad call by a referee in a fight, doing so in 2008).
Weaver was given a rematch with Dokes on May 20, 1983, which ended in a 15-round majority draw; judge Jerry Roth gave Dokes a four point victory while judges Harold Lederman and Larry Hazzard had it even.
Challenges Again For Title And Rest Of Career
In June 1985 Weaver took on Pinklon Thomas, who then held the WBC title. Weaver lost by eighth-round knockout. This would be Weaver's last title challenge although a notable 2nd round KO of Carl "The Truth" Williams a skilled boxer would follow the defeat to Thomas. Mr. Weaver continued to fight for another 15 years. His career ended at the age of 49 with a sixth round KO rematch loss to Larry Holmes.
Achievements & Style
Weaver proved a courageous boxer not to be overlooked with a knock out punch who improved and developed to a notable peak. His first Holmes and Tate matches being his most famous.
Weaver is now retired. He has three daughters: Shanrika, Krystle, and AunJenelle Weaver.
Tony "The Tiger" Lopez (born February 24, 1963), from Sacramento, California. He was a 3-Time World Boxing Champion. He is remembered for his victory in the 1988 The Ring Fight of the year by decision over Rocky Lockridge. He fought against Julio César Chávez in 1994 in Monterrey. He lost by TKO. He also fought the pound for pound best brawler ever Tommy Cordova. Tony Lopez is now retired from boxing and runs a bail bond agency in Sacramento.
*Nationality: US American
*Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
*Reach: 0 ft 72 in (1.83 m)
*Career Record: Won 50 (KOs 34) Lost 8 Drawn 1
Name: Lupe Gutierrez
Alias: Little Guns
Hometown: San Jose, California, USA
Height: 5′ 6″ / 168cm