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Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – Boxing – Heavywts – USA Henry Tillman VS TON Tevita Taufouu


Henry Durand Tillman (born August 1, 1960) is an American former boxer…..who twice defeated Mike Tyson as an amateurs….winning both bouts via close decisions. Tillman went on to win heavyweight gold at the Los Angeles Olympics against highly touted Canadian boxer Willie de Wit

Tillman turned pro in 1984 as a cruiser weight 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 the movie Rocky V, Tillman played contender “Tim Simms” who lost a bout to “Tommy Gunn” played by Tommy Morrison.



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