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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN HENRY DURAN TILLMAN AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL BOXER WHO WON OLYMPIC GOLD AT HEAVY WEIGHT : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "!

                BLACK             SOCIAL             HISTORY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Henry Durand Tillman born August 1, 1960  is a former American boxer.

Amateur Career

Tillman twice defeated Mike Tyson as an amateur, winning both bouts via close decisions. Tillman went on to win heavyweight gold at the Los Angeles Olympics.

Pro career

Tillman turned pro in 1984 as a cruiserweight 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 July 2004, Tillman was sentenced to 37 months in prison after pleading guilty to federal identity theft charges.