*There are many of you who are familiar with Henry Tillman, but to those of you who haven’t heard of him, please allow me to give you some history.
This is a guy who was born and raised in Los Angeles and got into boxing at a young age.
And after dedicating himself to the sport he rose through the amateurs and eventually made it to the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles where he won the Gold medal in the heavyweight division.
He decided to turn professional after that and had a short lived career that ended with 25 wins and 6 losses.
He is a living testament to how one can overcome struggles in life. He had quite a few ups and downs, and in spite of all that he’s managed to keep his head up high and walk tall.
After several years of training fighters at various other gyms throughout southern California, he finally was able to launch his own facility out in Carson, Calif. recently.
At the grand opening to this local, several prominent sports and civic leaders came out to support his efforts including the Mayor of Carson, and former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks.
Folks, I got to tell you this is a very nice joint and is fully equipped.
The place is operated by Henry and his loyal associate, Jamal Abdulla and they welcome any and all who are interested in learning the art and skills of this pugilistic sport called boxing.
[Scroll down for photos of Tillman’s facility and some of the action going on inside.]
*In other boxing news, our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to Magomed Abdusalamov, who after suffering a defeat last weekend against Mike Perez on the undercard of Golovkin vs Stevens in New York at the Garden, recently had a massive stroke and is now in a coma.
A fund has been established by promoter Lou Dibella and several others to help his family with the rising medical costs associated with his condition.
And finally, coming up within the next three weeks there’s plenty of boxing ahead as Nonito Donaire goes against Vic Darchinyan this weekend down in Corpus Christi, Texas at the American Bank Center in a HBO Boxing After Dark telecast.
Then on the following weekend of November 16, Andre Ward is set to return to the ring against Edwin Rodriguez out in Ontario, Calif., at the Citizens Bank Arena.
This one is going to be a dandy folks, as Ward is defending his WBA and Ring Magazine super middleweight titles.
And after that one goes down, it’s Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao vs Brandon Rios in Macao, China at the Venetian Macao in a HBO pay per view telecast.
So folks, stay tuned.
Southern California based Mohammed Mubarak’s Ringside Update column can also be seen in the Pace News, the Inland Valley News, and the High Desert Inland Valley News. Mohammed is a portrait artist as well. He can be contacted at [email protected] for your comments.