Mike Weaver took up boxing in the swamps of Vietnam in early 1970. Not yet twenty years old, the young Marine found the training deeply inspiring and threw himself into it with a passion. He lost his first fight as an amateur. His opponent, Duane Bobick, was a future superstar who would fight in the 1972 Olympics.
After leaving the Marines and Vietnam, Weaver moved to California where he would train to the point of exhaustion.
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