USBA Cruiserwt Boxing Championship – Henry Tillman VS Smokin Bert Cooper With Tim Brandt & Gil Clancy


Henry Durand Tillman is an American former boxer.  As an amateur boxer…..Tillman twice defeated Mike Tyson….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 Witt.  Tillman turned pro in 1984 as a cruiserweight and had a disappointing professional career….primarily due to a weak chin. However in 1987 he was able to secure a shot at WBA Cruiserweight Title holder Evander Holyfield….who dropped Tillman three times en route to a 7th round TKO.  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.

Bertram Cooper, nicknamed Smokin’ Bert Cooper, is a heavyweight boxer most famous for his punching power and several wild brawls in the 1990’s.  Cooper came out of Philadelphia and was trained in his early years by ex-champ Joe Frazier….rising in the rankings with a series of explosive knockouts in the Cruiserweight division.  Unable to get a world title shot despite winning the NABF belt…..while defeating Olympic gold medallist Henry Tillman and future world championTyrone Booze….he began boxing in the heavyweight division….knocking out Willie DeWitt in 2 rounds….but being stopped in 8 rounds by number 1 ranked heavyweight contender Carl “The Truth” Williams…..and then in 2 rounds by George Foreman.

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