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Frank Tate vs Tony Sibson

Frank Tate vs Tony Sibson

Date: 7th February 1988

Venue: Bingley Hall, Stafford, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Title: IBF World Middleweight Title

Promoted by: Queensberry Promotions

Tv: ITV - The Big Fight Live

Frank Tate
( 21 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 160 lbs

Tony Sibson
( 55 - 6 - 1 )
Weight: 160 lbs


Frank Tate made the first defence of his IBF World Middleweight Title in England against Tony Sibson who was best known for challenging undisputed world titleholder Marvin Hagler in February 1983.

Tate had won the vacant title against unbeaten and highly fancied Canadian Michael Olajide four months before facing "Sibbo" as Sibson's fans called him.

The fight was competitive throughout but Tate used his athleticism to full effect and always had the edge. But in the 10th round, Tate fired a long right hand as Sibson moved to his left and the punch floored Sibson who made it to his feet just as referee Frank cappuccino's count reached ten.

Tate would lose the title in his next defence against Michael Nunn and Sibson never fought again, retiring at 30-years of age and with a 55-7-1 record with 31 Ko's.

Frank Tate vs Tony Sibson