The Environmental Journal of Southern Appalachia
Monday, 05 June 2023 17:36

Gloves up to honor Knoxville boxer Big John Tate

Big John Tate circa 1979 CC BY-SA 4.0 Big John Tate circa 1979.  Creative Commons Mark BY-SA 4.0 Mike Dwayne Weaver / Wikipedia Commons 

KNOXVILLE Mayor Indya Kincannon joined city Councilwoman Gwen McKenzie and documentarian William Winnett on June 6 to unveil a new honorary street sign at Lakeside Avenue next to Chilhowee Park to honor former heavyweight boxing champion Big John Tate (1979-80). 

Tate trained nearby at the “Ace” Miller Golden Gloves Arena and is the subject of the documentary “Knoxville’s Forgotten Champion: The Story of Big John Tate.”

The honorary sign renamed that section of the road as “Big John Tate Corner.”

— City of Knoxville