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Old 12-21-2004, 07:18 PM #1
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Well I had always wondered why tyson never made it. One place, I heard it was politics. Other places, I heard it was b/c amateur is too different than professional, and that a guy did beat him and take his olympic spot. Can anyone help clear this up for me?
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Old 12-21-2004, 07:23 PM #2
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Well I had always wondered why tyson never made it. One place, I heard it was politics. Other places, I heard it was b/c amateur is too different than professional, and that a guy did beat him and take his olympic spot. Can anyone help clear this up for me?

Henry Tillman beat tyson twice as an amateur, and one of those times he beat tyson out for the olympic spot, of course when tyson fought tillman as a pro he knocked his ass out
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Henry Tillman beat tyson twice as an amateur, and one of those times he beat tyson out for the olympic spot, of course when tyson fought tillman as a pro he knocked his ass out
^^^ Yeah what he said.
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Old 12-21-2004, 08:22 PM #4
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so anyone see the am fights tyson lost? i'm curious how he coudl have, b/c i saw some of his amateur fihgts and the extra padding didnt' seem to stop him from KOing ppl
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Old 12-21-2004, 08:34 PM #5
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Tillman was better at that time that's all. Tyson's style was most suited for the pro ranks. Tillman when on to win a gold medal and Tyson when on to become the 'baddest man on the planet'. As mentioned earlier, Tyson took out Tillman in one round.
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Tillman was better at that time that's all. Tyson's style was most suited for the pro ranks. Tillman when on to win a gold medal and Tyson when on to become the 'baddest man on the planet'. As mentioned earlier, Tyson took out Tillman in one round.
wait. what time was it when tyson attempted olympics? was tyson famous yet? or was he still growing
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84 Tyson fought Tillman twice and lost. It happens sometimes, Mosley didnt make the Olympic team as well.
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84 Tyson fought Tillman twice and lost. It happens sometimes, Mosley didnt make the Olympic team as well.
yea i was curious aobut tyson for a second reason: i guess thats not encouraging to hear for short guys who ever dreamed about going to olympcis haha
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Tyson was reportedly robbed of the decision in both of those amateur fights against Henry Tillman (I haven't seen them, only heard or read about them being robberies).

Tillman also benefitted from incompetent judging when he "beat" Willie DeWitt for the gold medal in the '84 Olympics (I have seen that one, and DeWitt definately should've got the nod).

And for the Christmas of '84, Santa Claus brought Henry all the toys that he wished for in his letter to him, and then some...
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I've watched both fights, in the first one was closer but I still think tyson won. the second he was just robbed, Tillman basically ran and slapped the whole time getting knocked down in the process, and he even loooked suprised when they raised his hand afterwards.
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