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James Tillis

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Date of Birth July 5, 1957
Age 65 years, 7 months, 14 days
Place of Birth Tulsa
Country United States
Profession Boxer
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James Tillis is a famous Boxer, born on July 5, 1957 in United States. As of January 9, 2023, James Tillis’s net worth is $5 Million. Though he had a dominant start, his career fizzled out, and he finished with a record of 42-22-1, with 31 wins by knockout.

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Biography

Heavyweight fighter known as “Quick,” he made his professional debut in 1978, and won his first 20 matches. James Tillis (born July 5, 1957) is a retired professional boxer. Known as “Quick”, he was known for his fast hand speed, quite astonishing for a man of this size and build. A natural southpaw, Tillis turned around to orthodox midway his amateur career, and as his left remained the stronger hand, for that reason he had a powerful jab and left hook, together with the ability to switch stances while fighting. Tillis challenged for the WBA world heavyweight title in 1981, but was defeated by fifteen round unanimous decision to Mike Weaver. Tillis was the first man to go the distance with Mike Tyson in 1986, breaking his knockout-streak, and giving him a relatively close fight, nearly a draw, with two of three judges scored the fight 6-to-4 . (in the words of Hall of Fame’s Gil Clancy, Tillis was “one punch” away from victory.) He holds notable wins over Ron Stander by TKO 7 in 1980, and the hard punching Earnie Shavers by ten-round decision in 1982. Tillis fought for the last time in 2001 at the age of 44..

His daughter, Iciss Tillis, played professional basketball.

“Quick” was influenced to begin training to become a boxer after he listened to the 1964 bout between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston on the radio. He enlisted the help of noted trainer Ed Duncan, by becoming involved in the sport at the O’Brien Park recreation center in north Tulsa. Tillis’ amateur record of 92–8 led to his being considered for the United States Olympic team. Due to an illness, he was unable to compete in the Olympic trials.

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However, his impressive amateur career included three state Golden Gloves and four state AAU titles. He lost to future pro opponent Greg Page at the 1976 National Golden Gloves, and to Charles Singleton at the 1978 National Golden Gloves in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At the 1977 USA–USSR Duals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he lost on points to the Soviet light heavyweight David Kvachadze. He also managed to beat future pro contender Renaldo Snipes, who he later turned pro with on the same card in 1978.

James Tillis Net Worth

James Tillis is one of the richest Boxer & listed on most popular Boxer. According to our analysis, Wikipedia, Forbes & Business Insider, James Tillis's net worth $5 Million.

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He won three state Golden Gloves as an amateur fighter.

However, his impressive amateur career included three state Golden Gloves and four state AAU titles. He lost to future pro opponent Greg Page at the 1976 National Golden Gloves, and to Charles Singleton at the 1978 National Golden Gloves in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At the 1977 USA–USSR Duals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he lost on points to the Soviet light heavyweight David Kvachadze. He also managed to beat future pro contender Renaldo Snipes, who he later turned pro with on the same card in 1978.

Tillis began his professional boxing career in 1978, with a first-round knockout of Ron Stephany. He won his first 20 fights with 16 knockouts. One of his most impressive early victories was a seventh-round knockout of Ron Stander in 1980. Stander had once challenged Joe Frazier for the world title and was regarded as one of boxing’s most durable fighters. Other notable wins included a knockout of the South American champion Domingo D’Elia, and a points win over the sometimes dangerous fringe contender Mike Koranicki. His co-managers were Beau Williford and Gary Bentley.

In 1981, Tillis fought “Hercules” Mike Weaver for the WBA World Heavyweight title. After a strong start, Tillis tired. The fight would become famous for trainer Angelo Dundee imploring Tillis to do something, asking the fighter, “Do you want to be a bum all your life?” Ultimately, Tillis lost a close points decision.

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Tillis got a new team and put together four wins in 1984, before challenging Carl Williams in a world title eliminator. Having decked Williams twice in the opening round, Tillis tired and was outpointed. In 1985, under the guidance of trainer Drew Bundini Brown, he fought Joe Frazier’s son and top contender Marvis Frazier. In a recurring theme, he had Frazier down in the second round, but again ran out of gas and was outpointed. A few months later, he traveled to South Africa to fight hard-hitting ex-champ Gerrie Coetzee. Tillis lost a unanimous decision, but sent Coetzee to hospital with stitches and missing teeth.

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Ranked on the list of most popular Boxer. Also ranked in the elit list of famous celebrity born in United States. James Tillis celebrates birthday on July 5 of every year.

Having scored four wins, Tillis challenged future two-time world champion Tim Witherspoon in September 1983, for the vacant North American Boxing Federation title. Tillis was shockingly bombed out in one round, apparently slipping on a wet spot in the ring as Witherspoon hit him. After the fight, Tillis’ trainer Angelo Dundee left him and advised him to retire, as he had just suffered his third defeat in thirteen months.

Who was the first fighter to go the distance with Mike Tyson?

Tillis was the first man to go the distance with Mike Tyson in 1986, breaking his knockout-streak and giving him a relatively close fight, nearly a draw, with two of three judges scoring the fight 6-to-4.

What was Mike Tyson's record when he retired?

In a career spanning 20 years and 3 months, Mike Tyson fought 58 times with 50 wins, 6 losses, and 2 no-contests. By his last professional fight on June 11, 2005, Tyson’s record stood at 50-6 (44 KOs). In total, he fought 216 rounds of professional boxing in 58 bouts.

Who is the number 1 boxer of all time?

1. Muhammad Ali. The Greatest was not only one of the best heavyweights of all time, he was also one of the most colorful. He won the gold medal at the 1960 Olympics and went on to become the first boxer to win the heavyweight title three times.

How many fights did Muhammad lose?

Muhammad Ali
Total fights61
Wins56
Wins by KO37
Losses5

Who is the hardest puncher in boxing history?

1. Mike Tyson. Whenever there’s a discussion about the hardest hitting boxer, Mike Tyson is always mentioned.

The new Tillis was short-lived, however, as he traveled to Australia and lost a decision to veteran Joe Bugner. In 1987, he was upset in eight rounds, as underdog (and regular Tyson sparring partner) Michael Williams came off the floor to stop Tillis. Later in the same year, he was stopped in five rounds on cuts by future champ Frank Bruno in London, and then knocked out in 10 rounds by hard-hitting Johnny DuPlooy in South Africa.

Having failed to secure a rematch with Tyson in 1988, this time for the undisputed heavyweight championship, he made one last attempt at the big time. Tillis was brought in to fight reigning cruiserweight world champion Evander Holyfield, who was making a high-profile move into the heavyweight ranks. Holyfield outpunched Tillis in five one-sided rounds.

Tillis resurfaced in 1991. However, his days even as a journeyman appeared over, as hard-hitting (and future WBO World Champion) Tommy Morrison stopped him out in one round.

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