Mike Tyson, This Day in Boxing

Mike Tyson – James Tillis May 3, 1986 – Live Video Feed – Plus Out Takes

 

Mike Tyson – James Tillis May 3, 1986 – Live Video Feed – Plus Out Takes

 

  • Mike Tyson 215 lbs
  • James Tillis 207¾ lbs
  • UD in round 10 of 10
  • Location: Civic Center, Glens Falls, New York, USA
  • Referee: Joe Cortez
  • Judge: Bernie Friedkin 6-4
  • Judge: Al Reid 6-4
  • Judge: Tony Moret 8-2

 

Notes

Mike Tyson 19-0 (19 KOs) vs. James Tillis 31-8 (24 KOs)

This was the first time Tyson had gone the distance in a pro fight.

The bout was originally scheduled for March 29th, but was postponed until May 3rd to allow Tyson time to recover from an infected right ear. [1]

Tillis entered with a record of 1-4 in his previous five bouts.

Tillis was fighting at his lightest in over two years. At 215 lbs., Tyson was 4.5 lbs. lighter than in his previous bout two months earlier.

A veteran of 39 fights, Tillis was and was expected to be Tyson’s best competition to date.

Some said Tyson won the Fight, Some said Tillis won, it was quite controversial.

Attendance: 7,591

The two fighters met again on November 13th, 1987 in a four-round fundraising exhibition at De Paul`s Alumni Hall with the proceeds going to the rebuilding of Holy Angels Church. Each man wore headgear and 16-ounce gloves.

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