Elijah Tillery

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Elijah Tillery
Statistics
Real name Carlton Elijah Tillery
Nickname(s) Phoenix Steel
Rated at Heavyweight
Nationality American
Born (1957-08-08) August 8, 1957 (age 59)
Staten Island, NY, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 30
Wins 23
Wins by KO 15
Losses 7
Draws 2
No contests 0

Carlton Elijah Tillery (born August 8, 1957) is an American former boxer in the heavyweight division, nicknamed "Phoenix Steel".

Amateur career[edit]

Born in Staten Island, NY, Tillery had an amateur record of 45-2.

Professional career[edit]

Tillery turned professional in 1980 and was a hard punching journeyman heavyweight during his career. He is best known for his two fights against Riddick Bowe in 1991. His first fight with Bowe is known for its bizarre conclusion. Bowe dominated the first round and dropped Tillery. After the round ended, Tillery walked toward Bowe and taunted him, and Bowe responded by punching Tillery. Tillery then landed several kicks on Bowe, and Bowe then unleashed a flurry of punches on Tillery as Tillery lay on the ropes. Bowe's trainer, Rock Newman, then grabbed Tillery and pulled him over the ropes as Bowe continued to throw punches. Tillery somersaulted over the ropes and was quickly detained by security.[1] After order was restored and the fighters returned to the ring, Tillery and Bowe continued a war of words, and there continued to be minor incidents as the ring was cleared. Tillery was disqualified for the kicks with Bowe getting the win, much to the surprise of the television announcers. The fighters rematched two months later, with Bowe dominating and TKO'ing Tillery, his first TKO loss. Tillery's next fight was his last, a TKO loss to James Smith two years after his loss to Bowe.

Professional boxing record[edit]

23 Wins (15 knockouts, 8 decisions), 7 Losses (2 knockouts, 5 decisions) [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 36-11-1 United States James "Bonecrusher" Smith TKO 6 14/09/1993 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:51 of the sixth round.
Loss 27-0 United States Riddick "Big Daddy" Bowe TKO 4 13/12/1991 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:14 of the fourth round.
Loss 26-0 United States Riddick "Big Daddy" Bowe DQ 1 29/10/1991 United States Washington, District of Columbia, United States WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Title.
Loss 17-2-1 United States "Big" Art Tucker UD 10 02/11/1990 New York (state) Albany, New York, United States 91-98, 92-97, 94-96.
Win 8-5-1 United States William "K.O." Morris MD 10 17/08/1990 New Jersey Newark, New Jersey, United States 97-93, 97-93, 95-95.
Win 7-1 United States Fred Whitaker RTD 4 08/07/1990 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Whitaker could not answer the bell for round five.
Win 5-0 United States Mike "The Duke" Dixon UD 6 08/05/1990 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 57-54, 58-54, 58-55.
Win 12-6-1 United States Dorcey Gaymon UD 8 15/06/1987 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 21-10 United States Mike Cohen KO 3 23/08/1986 North Carolina Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
Win 19-8 United States David Jaco KO 9 11/07/1986 New York (state) Swan Lake, New York, United States
Win 3-10-1 United States Wesley Smith TKO 8 31/05/1986 New York (state) Albany, New York, United States
Win 13-2 United States Rodney Frazier KO 4 05/04/1986 New York (state) Latham, New York, United States
Loss 16-2 United States Anthony Davis UD 12 19/09/1984 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States NABF Cruiserweight Title.
Win 11-2 United States William Hosea PTS 10 09/08/1983 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 3-4-2 United States Louis Alexander KO 1 15/04/1983 New York (state) New York City, United States
Win 4-5 United States Charles Vanderhall KO 2 10/11/1982 New York (state) Latham, New York, United States Charles knocked out at 2:53 of the second round.
Loss 13-1 United States Alfonzo Ratliff UD 10 13/03/1982 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 6-14 United States Henry "Bulldog" Patterson TKO 3 11/02/1982 Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 2-2-2 United States Quadir Muntaqim UD 8 07/11/1981 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 4-9 United States Eddie Smith PTS 8 24/07/1981 New York (state) New York City, United States
Win 6-26-2 United States Kid Samson PTS 8 25/06/1981 New York (state) Tarrytown, New York, United States
Win 15-15-2 United States Fred "Flintstone" Brown UD 6 11/05/1981 New York (state) New York City, United States
Win 0-5 United States Milton Hopkins KO 1 18/03/1981 New York (state) White Plains, New York, United States
Win 0-1 United States Johnny Pitts KO 2 08/03/1981 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win -- Vincent "Vince" Johnson KO 1 28/02/1981 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2-9-1 United States Calvin Langston KO 1 18/02/1981 New York (state) White Plains, New York, United States
Win 6-23-2 United States Kid Samson PTS 4 07/02/1981 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win -- United States Kasim Stephenson KO 1 07/01/1981 New York (state) New York City, United States
Win 0-1 United States Austin Johnson KO 1 12/12/1980 New York (state) New York City, United States
Win -- United States Gerald Hardy KO 1 23/10/1980 New York (state) New York City, United States Hardy knocked out at 1:19 of the first round.

Personal[edit]

Tillery was sentenced to nine years in prison in March 2008 for hiding a sawed-off shotgun in a toy alligator in the back of his pickup truck. Before sentencing, Tillery read a 12-page statement about his life and cursed his attorney and the prosecutor.[2] Tillery has since been released and married to Joevonne Brace Tillery Hudson City Clerk Official.

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