- As a amateur boxer Hightower won the Chicago Golden Gloves Open division 178 lbs title in 1984 over Larry Burrell. Hightower was the runner-up in 1983 losing to Johnny Williams.
- Hightower, along with his job as an X-Ray technician, works as a professional boxing judge in Illinois.
- As a boxer Hightower retired with a final record of 7-0.
- Amateur record (partial)