“Terrible” Tim Witherspoon was born and raised on the streets of South Philadelphia, and he came into the world in December 1957. Times were hard back then, and especially for the Witherspoon’s who lived between the Italians and the Irish, and the kids never went to school on St. Patrick’s day.
Tim’s is a story about a boy who came up the hard way, but he never really knew what talent he had until the great Muhammad Ali picked him out to spar with him when he made his comeback in the late seventies. Within four years of becoming a professional boxer Tim was going toe-to-toe with Larry Holmes for the WBC heavyweight championship of the world, but the fight was promoted by Don King and, despite so many people saying he won that night; he knew the only way he was going to lift that belt was if he KO’d the champ. Somehow Larry stayed on his feet, and the rest as they say is history. Tim held two different versions of the World Heavyweight Championship, the WBC and the WBA Titles in the 1980’s.
He now resides in Philadelphia and spends time in the UK raising money for charity and visiting his family, as well as commentating and offering personal boxing training and guidance. This year he is writing his explosive autobiography with Ryan Danes, and training his son Tim Witherspoon Jnr.