The Meteoric Rise and Fall of "Big" John Tate

By Robert Mladinich on February 13, 2020

He spent his teenage years picking cotton in the South and apples in upstate New York.

It’s easy to write Tate off as an anonymous heavyweight champion, but the fact is his short reign has great historical significance, especially to the millions of blacks who were living in South Africa in 1980…

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