Name: James Tillis
Alias: The Fighting Cowboy/ Quick
Birth Name: James Theodore Tillis
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Height: 6′ 1″ / 185cm
Reach: 80″ / 203cm
Boxing Record: click
Trainer: Beau Williford ,Angelo Dundee,Drew (Bundini) Brown,Archie Moore
James Tillis was known best as "Quicktillis." His best career wins were in 1980 over Ron Stander and 1982 over Earnie Shavers. He was the first man to go 10 rounds with Mike Tyson. Tillis appeared in the movie "The Color Purple" as Henry "Buster" Broadnax.
Tillis grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dropped like bad habbit by his alcoholic father But was raised by his deeply religious mother & his stepfather Jerry. Tillis Wanted become a boxer when he watched Ali-Liston 1 in 1964 at the age of 7. As a boy he would occasionally fight & fix up a bike and instead asking his mother To buy him parts he would buy them himself from other neighborhood kids. He first Started boxing when he enlisted under the training of Ed Duncan.
- Amateur record: 92-8
- Four time AAU champion
- three time Oklahoma state golden gloves champion
- Amateur trainer: Ed Duncan
- Defeated future contender Renaldo Snipes
- Two Time regional golden gloves champ.
- North American Heavyweight Champion
- 2011: inducted into the Rochester Boxing Hall of fame.
- Fought an exhibition bout with Larry Holmes in 1990
- James “Quick Tillis”: The Fighting Cowboy by Austin Killeen: