Henry Tillman

Henry Durand Tillman (born August 1, 1960) is an American former boxer.

Henry Tillman
Statistics
Real nameHenry Tillman
Weight(s)Cruiserweight
Heavyweight
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Reach77.5 in (197 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born (1960-08-01) August 1, 1960 (age 61)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights31
Wins25
Wins by KO16
Losses6
Draws0
No contests0

Early lifeEdit

Tillman was born in Los Angeles, California.[1]

Amateur careerEdit

Tillman twice defeated Mike Tyson as an amateur, winning both bouts via close decisions. Tillman went on to win heavyweight gold at the Los Angeles Olympics against highly touted Canadian boxer Willie DeWitt, considered the world's #1 amateur heavyweight by the AIBA in 1984[2] (to whom he lost in 1988 in professionals.)

HighlightsEdit

Professional careerEdit

Tillman turned pro in 1984 as a cruiserweight and had a disappointing professional career, primarily due to a weak chin. In 1986, he was knocked down twice and upset by Bert Cooper via a decision. In 1987 he secured a bout at WBA Cruiserweight Title holder Evander Holyfield. Holyfield dropped Tillman three times en route to a 7th-round TKO, according to WBA rules. Tillman later lost to Willie DeWitt in a rematch of their 1984 Heavyweight Olympic Final bout. In 1990, he took on Mike Tyson in Tyson's comeback bout after his loss to James "Buster" Douglas. Tyson knocked him out in the first round. He finished his professional career with a record of 25-6-0 with 16 knockouts.

In the movie Rocky V, Tillman played contender "Tim Simms" who lost a bout to "Tommy Gunn" played by Tommy Morrison.

Personal lifeEdit

At the 1984 Summer Olympics Henry met his bride-to-be Gina Hemphill, a granddaughter of Jesse Owens, she carried the torch into the Los Angeles Coliseum at the opening ceremony, and worked as a production assistant on The Oprah Winfrey Show in Chicago. In 1987 they were married among friends and Olympic teammates.

Legal issuesEdit

In February 2001, Tillman was sentenced to six years in prison for a 1996, attempted murder and voluntary manslaughter charge, and released from custody in 2002.[3] In July 2004, Tillman was sentenced to 37 months in prison after pleading guilty to federal identity theft charges.[4]

Professional boxing recordEdit

25 Wins (16 knockouts, 9 decisions), 6 Losses (4 knockouts, 2 decisions)[5]
Result Opp
Record
Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 28-3-2   Terry Davis KO 7 1992-09-15   Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States NBA Continental Americas Heavyweight Title.
Win 32-14-1   Eddie Taylor TKO 6 1992-04-21   Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 28-16-1   Mark Lee UD 10 1992-03-26   Irvine, California, United States 99-90, 98-92, 100-89.
Win 15-30-2   Rick Kellar TKO 4 1990-11-29   Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
Win 5-12   Lynwood Jones UD 10 1990-10-26   Daytona Beach, Florida, United States 100-90, 100-90, 99-91.
Win 12-30-6   Danny Blake UD 10 1990-08-30   Daytona Beach, Florida, United States 99-91, 99-91, 99-91.
Loss 37-1   Mike Tyson KO 1 1990-06-16   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Tillman knocked out at 2:47 of the first round.
Win 9-9-2   Tim Morrison TKO 2 1990-02-17   Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 3-5   Gerardo Valero KO 2 1990-01-30   Reseda, California, United States
Win 8-5-1   Danny Wofford PTS 10 1989-12-09   Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Loss 20-1-1   Willie DeWitt UD 10 1988-03-29   Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 94-100, 94-98, 95-97.
Loss 13-14-2   Dwain Bonds TKO 8 1987-11-20   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 25-12   Danny Sutton KO 7 1987-08-22   Columbia, South Carolina, United States Sutton knocked out at 1:37 of the seventh round.
Win 13-3-1   Kevin P. Porter UD 10 1987-07-11   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 6-11-1   Woody Clark TKO 7 1987-06-07   Providence, Rhode Island, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:59 of the seventh round.
Loss 13-0   Evander Holyfield TKO 7 1987-02-14   Reno, Nevada, United States For WBA cruiserweight title
Win 9-11-1   Stanley Ross TKO 4 1986-12-26   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11-5-2   Tyrone Booze UD 10 1986-10-17   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10-7-1   Oscar Holman TKO 6 1986-09-24   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13-3   Cedric Parsons KO 1 1986-08-19   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Parsons knocked out at 2:20 of the first round.
Loss 11-1   Bert Cooper UD 12 1986-06-15   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States NABF Cruiserweight Title. 113-114, 112-115, 113-115.
Win 29-9   Bash Ali TKO 1 1986-04-22   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States NABF Cruiserweight Title.
Win 18-3   Reggie Gross UD 10 1986-03-04   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 8-2, 9-1, 10-0.
Win 6-3   Sylvester Lee TKO 1 1986-02-02   Hollywood, Florida, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:15 of the first round.
Win 5-3-2   Richard Scott UD 6 1985-09-18   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 6-0, 4-1, 4-2.
Win 8-2   Larry Phelps TKO 2 1985-08-11   Hollywood, California, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:11 of the second round.
Win 28-30-5   Leroy Caldwell PTS 6 1985-06-30   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 2-11-1   John Williams TKO 1 1985-05-12   Tyler, Texas, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:57 of the first round.
Win 2-1   Andre Crowder TKO 1 1985-04-18   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 7-2-1   Mickey Pryor TKO 4 1985-03-05   Dallas, Texas, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:51 of the fourth round.
Win 1-0   Uriah Grant TKO 2 1984-12-07   Houston, Texas, United States

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Henry Tillman". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2015-10-08.
  2. ^ From Canada, a New Image For Boxing in Willie deWit.
  3. ^ "Archives - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Wallechinsky, David (2012). The Book of Olympic Lists. London: Aurum Press Ltd. pp. 232. ISBN 9781845137731.
  5. ^ Boxing record for Henry Tillman Archived 2015-03-31 at the Wayback Machine. BoxRec.com.

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