“Terrible” Tim Witherspoon

After impressing Don King with his first high profile fight, in which he knocked out future World Cruiserweight Champion Alfonzo Ratliff, Witherspoon found himself the sparring partner of Muhammad Ali, who was training to fight Larry Holmes and Trevor Berbick.  It was Ali who christened him ‘Terrible’ Tim.

In 1982, Witherspoon outpointed Renaldo Snipes, who had just knocked down champion Larry Holmes and given him a stiff challenge, setting Tim up for his own title challenge with Holmes, in which he fought valiantly and lost a split decision.  Witherspoon would eventually win the WBC Heavyweight title in a majority decision against Greg Page, along with the NABF Heavyweight title against James ‘Quick’ Tillis (which he defended against James ‘Bonecrusher’ Smith) and the WBA Heavyweight Title against Tony Tubbs.

Today, ‘Terrible’ Tim Witherspoon trains the next generation of boxers, including his son, Tim Witherspoon Jr. in Philadelphia.

‘Terrible’ Tim Witherspoon vs. Greg Page for WBC Title:

‘Terrible’ Tim Witherspoon vs. Tony Tubbs for WBA Title: