Henry Tillman

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Olympic medal record
Men's Boxing
Gold Los Angeles 1984 Heavyweight
Pan American Games
Silver Caracas 1983 Heavyweight

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

Amateur Career[edit]

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.

Pro career[edit]

Further information: Mike Tyson vs. Henry Tillman

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. However, in 1987 he was able to secure a shot 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 July 2004, Tillman was sentenced to 37 months in prison after pleading guilty to federal identity theft charges.

Professional boxing record[edit]

25 Wins (16 knockouts, 9 decisions), 6 Losses (4 knockouts, 2 decisions) [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 28-3-2 United States Terry "Turbo" Davis KO 7 15/09/1992 Florida Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States NBA Continental Americas Heavyweight Title.
Win 32-14-1 United States Eddie "Young Joe Louis" Taylor TKO 6 21/04/1992 Florida Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 28-16-1 United States Mark "White Lightning" Lee UD 10 26/03/1992 California Irvine, California, United States 99-90, 98-92, 100-89.
Win 15-30-2 United States Rick "King Kong" Kellar TKO 4 29/11/1990 Michigan Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
Win 5-12 United States Lynwood Jones UD 10 26/10/1990 Florida Daytona Beach, Florida, United States 100-90, 100-90, 99-91.
Win 12-30-6 United States Danny Blake UD 10 30/08/1990 Florida Daytona Beach, Florida, United States 99-91, 99-91, 99-91.
Loss 37-1 United States "Iron" Mike Tyson KO 1 16/06/1990 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Tillman knocked out at 2:47 of the first round.
Win 9-9-2 United States Tim Morrison TKO 2 17/02/1990 Canada Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 3-5 Mexico Gerardo Valero KO 2 30/01/1990 California Reseda, California, United States
Win 8-5-1 United States Danny Wofford PTS 10 09/12/1989 Florida Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Loss 20-1-1 Canada Willie de Wit UD 10 29/03/1988 Canada Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 94-100, 94-98, 95-97.
Loss 13-14-2 United States Dwain Bonds TKO 8 20/11/1987 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 25-12 United States Danny "Smiley" Sutton KO 7 22/08/1987 South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina, United States Sutton knocked out at 1:37 of the seventh round.
Win 13-3-1 United States Kevin P Porter UD 10 11/07/1987 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 6-11-1 United States Woody Clark TKO 7 07/06/1987 Rhode Island Providence, Rhode Island, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:59 of the seventh round.
Loss 13-0 United States Evander "Real Deal" Holyfield TKO 7 14/02/1987 Nevada Reno, Nevada, United States WBA World Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:43 of the seventh round.
Win 9-11-1 United States Stanley Ross TKO 4 26/12/1986 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11-5-2 United States Tyrone Booze UD 10 17/10/1986 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10-7-1 United States Oscar Holman TKO 6 24/09/1986 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13-3 Canada Cedric Parsons KO 1 19/08/1986 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Parsons knocked out at 2:20 of the first round.
Loss 11-1 United States "Smokin" Bert Cooper UD 12 15/06/1986 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States NABF Cruiserweight Title. 113-114, 112-115, 113-115.
Win 29-9 Nigeria Bash Ali TKO 1 22/04/1986 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States NABF Cruiserweight Title.
Win 18-3 United States Reggie Gross UD 10 04/03/1986 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 8-2, 9-1, 10-0.
Win 6-3 United States Sylvester Lee TKO 1 02/02/1986 California Hollywood, Florida, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:15 of the first round.
Win 5-3-2 United States Richard Scott UD 6 18/09/1985 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 6-0, 4-1, 4-2.
Win 8-2 United States Larry Phelps TKO 2 11/08/1985 California Hollywood, California, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:11 of the second round.
Win 28-30-5 United States Leroy Caldwell PTS 6 30/06/1985 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 2-11-1 United States John "Rocky Young" Williams TKO 1 12/05/1985 Texas Tyler, Texas, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:57 of the first round.
Win 2-1 United States Andre Crowder TKO 1 18/04/1985 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 7-2-1 United States Mickey Pryor TKO 4 05/03/1985 Texas Dallas, Texas, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:51 of the fourth round.
Win 1-0 Jamaica Uriah "Bossman" Grant TKO 2 07/12/1984 Texas Houston, Texas, United States

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Notes and references[edit]

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

In the long-running British soap opera Coronation Street, Dev stated that Henry Tillman was the greatest heavyweight never to have won a world heavyweight championship.