Frank Tate (boxer)

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Frank Tate
Rated at Middleweight
Height 6 ft (183 cm)
Reach 72″ / 183cm
Nationality United States American
Born (1964-08-27) August 27, 1964 (age 52)
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 46
Wins 41
Wins by KO 24
Losses 5
Frank Tate
Medal record
Men's boxing
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1984 Los Angeles Light middleweight

Frank Tate (born August 27, 1964 in Detroit, MI) was an American boxer.

Amateur career[edit]

Tate was the 1983 National Golden Gloves light middleweight champion. He also won the Light Middleweight Gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics even though he had standing eight-counts administered to him twice in the second round of the gold medal bout against Canadian fighter Shawn O'Sullivan. When Tate received his gold medal, he was booed by the American audience due to the controversial decision.

Olympic results[edit]

Professional career[edit]


Tate began his professional career in December 1984. At 20-0, Tate won the vacant IBF middleweight title by beating Michael Olajide over fifteen rounds at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas in October 1987. Tate successfully defended his title against Tony Sibson with a tenth round stoppage in Staffordshire, England, before losing his belt to undefeated phenom Michael Nunn in nine rounds at Caesars Palace in July 1988.


In January 1990 at Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, Tate boxed Lindell Holmes for the vacant IBF super-middleweight title, losing a close majority decision.


Following the defeat, Tate moved up to light-heavyweight and defeated Uriah Grant and Andrew Maynard on a six fight win streak to set up a fight for the vacant WBA title against Virgil Hill in 1992. Tate lost a unanimous decision. After four more wins, Tate was granted a rematch with Hill in 1994 but again lost a convincing decision. This was Tate's last major fight, and after several victories over limited competition he was stopped in four rounds against David Telesco in his final pro bout.

Professional boxing record[edit]

41 Wins (24 KOs), 5 Losses (2 KOs)[1]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round,
Date Location Notes
Loss 41-5 United States David Telesco TKO 4 (10),
09/10/1998 New York (state) Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, New York
Win 41-4 United States Tyler Hughes TKO 7 (10),
11/07/1998 Nevada Hilton Hotel, Reno, Nevada
Win 40-4 Mexico David Humberto Gamez TKO 1 (8),
29/05/1998 Texas Sheraton Hotel, Houston, Texas
Win 39-4 Germany Norbert Nieroba SD 12 30/08/1997 Germany Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany
Win 38-4 United States Gary Butler TKO 2 (8),
24/06/1997 Louisiana Argosy Festival Atrium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Win 37-4 United States Cliff Nellon UD 10 15/03/1997 Texas Dallas, Texas
Win 36-4 Mexico Everardo Armenta, Jr. PTS 10 09/04/1996 California Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Win 35-4 United States Dominick Carter TKO 8 (12),
25/10/1995 Louisiana Pontchartrain Center, Kenner, Louisiana
Loss 34-4 United States Virgil Hill UD 12 23/07/1994 North Dakota Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota For WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win 34-3 Mexico Rosendo Rosales KO 2 (?),
18/12/1993 Mexico Estadio Cuauhtemoc, Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
Win 33-3 Mexico Everardo Armenta, Jr TKO 9 (10),
10/09/1993 Texas Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Win 32-3 United States Ron Cramner KO 6 (?),
13/08/1993 Canada Cloverdale, British Columbia, Canada
Win 31-3 Jordan Ramzi Hassan SD 10 09/01/1993 Texas Houston, Texas
Loss 30-3 United States Virgil Hill UD 12 29/09/1992 North Dakota Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota For WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win 30-2 United States Tim Johnson KO 6 (10),
27/03/1992 Missouri Clarion Hotel Ballroom, Saint Louis, Missouri
Win 29-2 United States Andrew Maynard TKO 11 (12),
10/01/1992 New York (state) Paramount Theatre, New York, New York Won NABF light-heavyweight title.
Win 28-2 Italy Yawe Davis SD 12 03/08/1991 Italy Selvino, Lombardia, Italy Retained IBF Intercontinental light-heavyweight title.
Win 27-2 Jamaica Uriah Grant UD 12 10/02/1991 New Jersey Trump Castle, Atlantic City, New Jersey Won IBF Intercontinental light-heavyweight title.
Win 26-2 United States Greg Everett TKO 7 (10),
27/09/1990 New Jersey Waterloo Village, Stanhope, New Jersey
Win 25-2 United States William Clayton TKO 5 (?),
05/05/1990 Wisconsin Green Bay, Wisconsin
Loss 24-2 United States Lindell Holmes MD 12 27/01/1990 Louisiana Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana For vacant IBF super-middleweight title.
Win 24-1 United States Jimmy Bills UD 10 24/01/1989 Montana Great Falls, Montana
Loss 23-1 United States Michael Nunn TKO 9 (15),
28/07/1988 Nevada Caesars Palace, Sports Pavilion, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost IBF middleweight title.
Win 23-0 United States Sanderline Williams PTS 10 21/05/1988 Texas Odessa, Texas
Win 22-0 United Kingdom Tony Sibson TKO 10 (12),
07/02/1988 England Bingley Hall, Stafford, Staffordshire, England Retained IBF middleweight title.
Win 21-0 Canada Michael Olajide UD 15 10/10/1987 Nevada Caesars Palace, Sports Pavilion, Las Vegas, Nevada Won vacant IBF middleweight title.
Win 20-0 United States James Williams TKO 6 (?),
10/09/1987 Texas Houston, Texas
Win 19-0 United States Troy Darrell UD 12 12/07/1987 New Jersey Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey Won USBA middleweight title.
Win 18-0 United States Mark McPherson TKO 6 (10),
10/05/1987 New Jersey Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 17-0 United States Marvin Mack UD 10 27/03/1987 New Jersey Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 16-0 United Kingdom Winston Burnett TKO 8 (8),
04/03/1987 England Festival Hall Super Tent, Basildon, Essex, England
Win 15-0 United States Kevin Watts MD 10 26/12/1986 New Jersey Trump Plaza Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 14-0 United States Curtis Parker PTS 10 22/08/1986 New Jersey Trump Plaza Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 13-0 Guyana Brian Muller TKO 7 (10),
27/06/1986 New Jersey Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 12-0 United States Ricky Stackhouse TKO 6 (?),
24/04/1986 Texas Houston, Texas
Win 11-0 United States Jerry Williams UD 10 16/02/1986 New York (state) Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York
Win 10-0 United States Randy Smith UD 8 18/01/1986 New Jersey Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 9-0 United States Bruce Calloway TKO 3 (8),
13/11/1985 Texas Ramada-Houston Hotel, Houston, Texas
Win 8-0 United States Thomas Smith UD 6 11/08/1985 California Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, California
Win 7-0 United States David Barrow UD 6 05/06/1985 New Jersey Atlantis Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 6-0 United States Calvin Prejean TKO 4 (?),
09/04/1985 Texas Hyatt Regency Downtown, Houston, Texas
Win 5-0 United States Ron Lee Warrior KO 2 (6),
18/03/1985 Texas Hyatt Regency Hotel, Houston, Texas
Win 4-0 United States Carl Orville TKO 2 (6),
04/03/1985 Louisiana Landmark Hotel, Metairie, Louisiana
Win 3-0 United States Phil Jones KO 4 (6),
17/02/1985 Texas Hyatt Regency Hotel, Houston, Texas
Win 2-0 United States Joe McKnight KO 5 (?),
18/01/1985 Texas Summit, Houston, Texas
Win 1-0 United States Mike Pucciarelli TKO 1 (?),
07/12/1984 Texas Houston, Texas Professional debut.

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