As a amateur boxer Hightower won th Chicago Golden Gloves Open division 178 lb. title in 1984 over Larry Burrell.
Hightower was the runner-up in 1983 losing to Johnny Williams.
Bernard 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