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“Bad” Brad Berkwitt retired from the US Navy (September 2006) with his 20 years and 28 days of Honorable Service to our country, and was honored in a Retirement Ceremony held in the Pentagon.
During his childhood, he fought as an amateur boxer for three years (80-83) out of North Miami Beach, Florida. He also is the successful Author of the boxing book: Boxing Interviews of a Lifetime. Brad’s passion for boxing which he credits his late Father Alvin Berkwitt, started in 1975, and to this day, is just as strong. In 2004, Berkwitt started Ringside Report “The Heart of Boxing” to bring a different approach to the sport which many sites were not doing.
“Bad” Brad has always had a deep respect for the fighters of the past who didn’t always get the credit they deserved and his goal in 2004 and still to this day, is to ensure all boxers get the respect and credit they deserve. That fact has never been more evident than when you read one of Berkwitt’s hundreds of interviews, over the last 19 years with some of the biggest names in boxing from yesteryear and present day.
On top of his CEO duties, “Bad” Brad appeared as a boxing analyst, from 2000 – 2012, on News Channel 8 Sports Talk TV Show with Host Glenn Harris, that is viewed in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
He also has been a guest on ESPN Radio and various other radio shows throughout the country.
His nickname “Bad” came from fellow Author and Boxing Ring Announcer, Henry “Dis-com-bob-u-lating” Jones in 2000 and has stuck ever since. In Henry’s words, “I gave him that nickname because he always stands up for what he believes in, and the fighters truly respect him for being so positive in all of his interviews.”
In 2013, “Bad” Brad followed in the footsteps of his late father, Alvin, starting an acting career that has already seen a level of success. Brad has worked in film and TV to include, HBO’s VEEP, House of Cards, several shows for the ID Network, industrial videos and live dinner theater. Like all actors, he is looking for that career defining role that puts him on the fast track to Hollywood.
In 2015, “Bad” Brad took his 17 plus years of conducting interviews with some of the biggest names in Boxing and Hollywood, and created The “Bad” Brad Berkwitt Show which has in a short time, become a “Hit” Web TV Show in the state of Oklahoma and around the world.
Outside of boxing, he is an old time movie and music buff who was probably born in the wrong generation. His love of the classic singers along with the newer ones such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin, Dame Shirley Bassey, Chuck Brown, Rick James, Al Martino, Dean Martin, and French Diva “The Little Sparrow” Edith Piaf to name just a few, truly do set him back in a time where singers really sang some great standards.
Debbie “D2” Edwards – Producer/Videographer/Author of Behind The Lens on The “Bad” Brad Berkwitt Show – Oklahoma
Edwards grew up in South Louisiana, along the mighty Mississippi River, and that lifestyle greatly influences her role in producing The “Bad” Brad Berkwitt Show. “Laissez les bons temps roulez!” , translated, “Let the Good Times Roll” is the spirit on the set of the show. And, while the utmost professionalism and substance goes into the production of the show, there is a passion for combat sports and a spirit of camaraderie that spills over to the audience.
When she’s not filming episodes of The “Bad” Brad Berkwitt Show, Debbie can be found at a local oil refinery, where she works in operations. As if this isn’t enough for a full schedule, Debbie enjoys watching most sports, particularly football, and is an avid fan of The LSU Tigers, The New Orleans Saints, and a lifelong fan of the Washington Redskins. She enjoys writing, cooking Creole dishes, and playing word puzzles.
Check out The “Bad” Brad Berkwitt Show on the RSR YouTube Channel.
James grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he first dreamed of becoming a professional boxer when he watched the 1964 bout between, [then Cassius Clay] Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston. He first trained under noted trainer Ed Duncan. As an amateur, he built a record of 92 wins and eight losses, and won 3 State Golden Gloves and 4 State AAU Titles. He made it to the National Golden Gloves Finals, but lost to future pro opponent Greg Page in 1976. His Pro career started in 1978 with a first round KO of Ron Stephany. He soon had a record of 20 wins and no losses, including wins over “Omaha Butcher” Ron Stander, South American Champion Domingo D’Elia, Walter Santemore, and Mike Koranicki.
By 1981, James was the #1 Heavyweight Contender. That year he fought for a World Championship- the WBA World Heavyweight Title- against Mike Weaver, losing a close decision. James beat hard hitting Earnie Shavers in 1982 on points. A fight James refers to as, “The toughest 30 minutes of my entire life”. He next fought future World Champions Pinklon Thomas, Greg Page and Tim Witherspoon. After getting a new management team and trainer in 1984, James put together 4 straight wins. He next fought top contenders Carl Williams, and Joe Frazier’s Son Marvis and lost in decisions. Later in 1985, he was out pointed in South Africa by former WBA Champ Gerrie Coetzee, but sent Coetzee to the hospital with stitches and missing teeth.
During a short hiatus from training, James played opposite Oprah Winfrey, in “The Color Purple”, playing Ms. Sophia’s boyfriend, Henry Broadnaux. In 1986, he became the first boxer to go the distance against a 19 year old Mike Tyson, who was 19-0 at the time, giving Tyson the fight of his life before losing a controversial decision. Later in 1986, James lost an 8th round decision to Tyrell Biggs. James’ other notable opponents in 1987 included Joe Bugner, Frank Bruno and Johnny Duplooy. James made one last attempt to win a World Title challenging Cruiserweight Champion Evander Holyfield, but lost. James later opposed Gary Mason, Tommy Morrison, Craig Payne, Cliff Couser and concluded his career in 2001 against Rob Calloway.
His Professional record is : 42 wins, 22 losses and 1 draw with 31 KO’s.
Over the course of his career James trained under legendary trainer(s) Archie Moore, Dee Dee Armor, Witt Lawry, Rory O’Shea, Harry Wilson, Angelo Dundee, Drew “Bundini” Brown, Bill Slayton, Scrap Iron Johnson, and Walter Tyler,
James is always quick to give special acknowledgment to Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali for their mentorship during his career. In 1985 Muhammad Ali and Drew “Bundini” Brown dubbed James- “The Fightin’ Cowboy” coining the phrase…
‘He don’t float like a Butterfly or Sting like a Bee, cause he ain’t Ali… He’s The Fightin Cowboy!
He Rides ‘em, Ropes ‘em, corals ‘em and brands ‘em…. He’s The Fightin Cowboy!… Ole Dude!
Rumble Young Man Rumble…. AAAhhhhh!”
In 2010, James received the catBOX Lifetime Sports Achievement Award in Oklahoma City. Also, in 2010, Governor Brad Henry signed a Declaration making February 12th, – “James “Quick” Tillis Day- in Oklahoma. On November 5, 2011, James was inducted into the Rochester Boxing Hall of Fame. In February 2012, James was honored with induction into the New Mexico “Band of Brothers”. In 2013, James was honored with induction into the New Mexico Boxing Hall of Fame. James has written his Autobiography- “Thinkin’ Big- The Story of James “Quick” Tillis- The Fightin’ Cowboy”, from 2010 to 2012 he lived in the beautiful Land of Enchantment- New Mexico.
Currently he lives in Nevada. He spends his time serving the Lord, Jesus Christ, Cowboying and sharing his expertise with aspiring Amateur Boxers.
Check out his Official website at: www.jamesquicktillis.com
Grim is a child of the 60’s and no doubt when you meet him with his laid back way, you will see he came from the right generation. A boxing-fitness nut, he has competed in body building contests and then went into boxing. First to stay in shape, then to go on and train fighters. If he is not in the gym, he is working his magic on many websites which he does for a living.
Grim X. is an advisor on many web issues to “Bad” Brad and is RSR for life.
In addition, Grim X. owns the very popular Grimz Gym, in Sacramento California. Check out the website.Contact the management team