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James Tillis boxer

James Tillis image
Status inactive
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 1″/185cm
Reach 80″/203cm
Debut 1978-11-18
Born 1957-07-05
Nationality USA
Residence Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
bouts
66
won
42
lost
22
draw
1
bouts
66
won
42
lost
22
draw
1
Status inactive
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 1″/185cm
Reach 80″/203cm
Debut 1978-11-18
Born 1957-07-05
Nationality USA
Residence Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, he was the firstborn son of James Tillis and wife Rose. Tillis attended Mclain High School and grew up in a very religious southern family, with an alcoholic father and a deeply religious mother. His mother would later join First Baptist Mohawk Church under the leadership of Pastor Clint Simmons. He dreamed about being a professional prize fighter and was given the nickname "Quick" by his first cousin Keith Reed. "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.However, his impressive amateur career included three state Golden Gloves and four state AAU titles. He lost to future pro opponent Greg Page in the 1976 National Golden Gloves. He also managed to beat future pro contender Renaldo Snipes, who he later turned pro with on the same card in 1978.citation needed

A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, he was the firstborn son of James Tillis and wife Rose. Tillis attended Mclain High School and grew up in a very religious southern family, with an alcoholic father and a deeply religious mother. His mother would later join First Baptist Mohawk Church under the leadership of Pastor Clint Simmons. He dreamed about being a professional prize fighter and was given the nickname "Quick" by his first cousin Keith Reed. "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.However, his impressive amateur career included three state Golden Gloves and four state AAU titles. He lost to future pro opponent Greg Page in the 1976 National Golden Gloves. He also managed to beat future pro contender Renaldo Snipes, who he later turned pro with on the same card in 1978.citation needed

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
April 13, 2001 Rob Calloway WLWWWW Civic Arena, Saint Joseph LOSS
Technical knockout
Oct. 16, 1999 Tim Puller WWWWWW Issaquah LOSS
Unanimous decision
Aug. 30, 1996 Cliff Couser WDWLWW Quay Centennial Building, Vancouver LOSS
Technical knockout
June 21, 1996 Craig Payne LWLLLL Quay Centennial Building, Vancouver WIN
Unanimous decision
Dec. 7, 1995 Will Hinton WDLWLW Denver
NC
Oct. 8, 1992 Alexander Zolkin WWWWWW Ohio Center, Columbus LOSS
Unanimous decision
Feb. 28, 1992 Stan Johnson LLLLWL Union Hall, Countryside WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 22, 1991 Danny Blake LLLLLL Peoria WIN
Split-decision
Jan. 11, 1991 Tommy Morrison WWWWWW Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City LOSS
Technical knockout
Dec. 7, 1990 Carlton West LWLLLW Valley Sports Arena, Roanoke WIN
Technical knockout
March 20, 1989 Adilson Rodrigues WWWWWW Toledo LOSS
Unanimous decision
Jan. 14, 1989 Arthel Lawhorn WWLWLW The Palace, Auburn Hills LOSS
Unanimous decision
Nov. 30, 1988 Gary Mason WWWWWW Elephant & Castle Centre, Southwark LOSS
Technical knockout
July 16, 1988 Evander Holyfield WWWWWW Caesars Tahoe, Outdoor Arena, Stateline LOSS
Corner retirement
April 9, 1988 Rodney Smith LLWLLL Caesars Palace, Sports Pavilion, Las Vegas WIN
KO
Oct. 16, 1987 Dennis Jackson LWLWWW Convention Hall, Atlantic City WIN
KO
June 23, 1987 Johnny Du Plooy WWWWWW Standard Bank Arena, Johannesburg LOSS
Technical knockout
March 24, 1987 Frank Bruno WWWWWL Wembley Arena, Wembley LOSS
Technical knockout
March 6, 1987 Ronnie Douglas Fort Smith WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 8, 1987 Mike Williams WWWWWW Marriot Brookhollow, Houston LOSS
Technical knockout
Nov. 11, 1986 Avery Rawls WWWLWW Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas DRAW
Majority decision
Oct. 28, 1986 Lorenzo Boyd WLWWLL Sheraton Station Square, Pittsburgh WIN
KO
Oct. 18, 1986 Eddie Richardson LWLWLL Mesquite WIN
Points
Sept. 15, 1986 Joe Bugner WWWLWL Entertainment Centre, Sydney LOSS
Unanimous decision
July 29, 1986 Art Terry W Continental Inn, Lexington WIN
Unanimous decision
June 17, 1986 Mark Young WWLLL Tulsa WIN
KO
May 3, 1986 Mike Tyson WWWWWW Civic Center, Glens Falls LOSS
Unanimous decision
Jan. 25, 1986 Tyrell Biggs WWWWWW Lancaster Host Resort, Lancaster LOSS
Unanimous decision
Sept. 7, 1985 Gerrie Coetzee WWWDWL Ellis Park Rugby Stadium, Johannesburg LOSS
Unanimous decision
May 20, 1985 Marvis Frazier WWLWWW Lawlor Events Center, Reno LOSS
Unanimous decision
Dec. 15, 1984 Bashir Wadud LLLLLW Genesee Theater, Waukegan WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 23, 1984 Carl Williams WWWWWW Atlantis Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City LOSS
Unanimous decision
Aug. 20, 1984 Michael Bennett LLL Miami WIN
KO
July 10, 1984 Billy Joe Thomas LWWLLL Tulsa WIN
KO
April 26, 1984 Bobby Crabtree WWWWWW Excelsior Hotel, Tulsa WIN
KO
Feb. 9, 1984 Otis Bates WLLLWW Tulsa WIN
KO
Sept. 23, 1983 Tim Witherspoon WWWWLW Richfield Coliseum, Richfield vacant NABF Heavyweight

LOSS
Technical knockout
July 9, 1983 Lynwood Jones LWLLWL DiVinci Manor, Chicago vacant NABF Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
May 22, 1983 Larry Givens LLWLLL Bismarck Pavillon, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
April 25, 1983 Grady Daniels LLLLLL Congress Americana Hotel, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
March 28, 1983 Leroy Boone LWLDLL Congress Americana Hotel, Chicago WIN
Points
Nov. 26, 1982 Greg Page WWWWWL Astrodome, Houston USBA Heavyweight

LOSS
Technical knockout
Aug. 14, 1982 Pinklon Thomas WWWWWW Stouffers Ballroom, Cleveland LOSS
Technical knockout
June 11, 1982 Earnie Shavers WWWWWW Caesars Palace, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas WIN
Unanimous decision
March 13, 1982 Jerry Williams LWWLL Sands Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas WIN
KO
Oct. 3, 1981 Mike Weaver WLWWWW Horizon Arena, Rosemont World Boxing Association World Heavyweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
March 9, 1981 Tom Fischer WWWWLW Conrad Hilton Hotel, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 13, 1980 Domingo D'Elia WWWDWD International Amphitheatre, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 14, 1980 Mike Koranicki DWLLWL International Amphitheatre, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
June 12, 1980 Eric Sedillo WWWWWL Conrad Hilton Hotel, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
May 15, 1980 Walter Santemore WLLWLL Aragon Ballroom, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
April 17, 1980 Frank Schram LLLLWW Aragon Ballroom, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
March 3, 1980 Ron Stander WLLWLL International Amphitheatre, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 1, 1980 Roy Wallace WWLLLW International Amphitheatre, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
Dec. 13, 1979 Al Jones LWLLLL Civic Center, Tulsa WIN
KO
Nov. 20, 1979 Harry Terrell WWWWLL Circle Arena, Chicago WIN
KO
Oct. 19, 1979 Bob Whaley Circle Campus Arena, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 7, 1979 Jimmy Cross WWLWW Circle Arena, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
July 30, 1979 Charles Atlas LLLLLL International Amphitheatre, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
July 20, 1979 Henry Porter WWWWWW University of Illinois, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
June 11, 1979 George Gofarth W Aragon Ballroom, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
March 31, 1979 Rocky Lane Park West Theater, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 28, 1979 Sylvester Wilder LLLLLL DePaul University, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 2, 1979 Dave Watkins LLL Aragon Ballroom, Chicago WIN
KO
Dec. 15, 1978 Al Bell LLLLLL Aragon Ballroom, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 18, 1978 Ron Stephany LLL DePaul Alumni Hall, Chicago WIN
KO