Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Hall of Fame Great Jimmy Bivins Passes Away at 92

By Cliff Rold

WKYC in Cleveland has reported the death today of Hall of Fame Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Jimmy Bivins from complications with pneumonia. Bivins was rated the #16 Light Heavyweight of All-Time by Boxing Digest in 1997, the #6 Light Heavyweight of All-Time by Ring Magazine in 2002, and the #8 Light Heavyweight of All-Time by BoxingScene in 2009.  Born James Louis Bivins in Dry Branch, Georgia, on December 6, 1919, Bivins was 92 years old. 

Known as the “Cleveland Spider Man,” Bivins boxed professionally from 1940 to 1955, beginning his career as a Middleweight and battling into the Heavyweight division.  Bivins won his first eighteen professional contests before suffering his first defeat at the hands of then-future NBA (the precursor to today’s WBA) World Light Heavyweight Champion Anton Christoforidis.  It was their first of second of three battles, Bivins winning the first and third by decision.

Bivins would go unbeaten from June 1942 to February 1946, posting a mark of 26-0-1 over the span before suffering a split decision defeat at the hands of future Heavyweight king “Jersey” Joe Walcott. In that incredible 27-fight span, Bivins bested the likes of Hall of Famer Lloyd Marshall by knockout, and future/former World Champions Joey Maxim, Melio Bettina, and Ezzard Charles by decision, and Archie Moore by knockout.

Along with the wins in the streak, Bivins also posted wins in his career over Hall of Famer Charley Burley (at Middleweight) and future/former World Champions Billy Soose, Gus Lesnevich, Teddy Yarosz. 

Bivins rose to be rated Ring Magazine’s number one contender at Light Heavyweight in 1942 and earned the same distinction at Heavyweight in 1943.  Despite his strong resume of wins and noteworthy ratings, World War II prevented a crack at Joe Louis, the two only able to meet years past their peak in 1951.  Louis won a ten-round decision.

The closest Bivins would come to a major title was in his win over Marshall in 1943, promoted for the war “Duration” crown at Light Heavyweight.

Bivins would continue to compete at a high level for years after his peak run but couldn’t keep the stride he’d had.  Charles and Moore avenged their losses in multiple, Maxim won a split in their only return, and he’d also suffer a points loss to Light Heavyweight great Harold Johnson. 

By the time of the Johnson loss in 1949, Bivins was already in decline but continued on.  He won his final fight in 1955, a six-round decision over Mike DeJohn and waited years for the full recognition his exceptional career deserved.

Bivins received those honors in 1999 when he was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.

Cliff Rold is a member of the Yahoo Pound for Pound voting panel and the Boxing Writers Association of America.  He can be reached at [email protected]

Tags:
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by IronDanHamza on 07-05-2012

Rest in peace to a great fighter!

Comment by TBear on 07-04-2012

Rest in Peace Champ!

Comment by Alx. on 07-04-2012

damn....r.i.p, you gave maxim charles and walcott hell

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (3)
Top Headlines Mayweather Parts With Prized Vehicle, His Koenigsegg Being Sold Mikey Garcia Makes Surprising Pick for His Toughest Opponent Frampton Felt Like Failure, Had Dark Days After Santa Cruz Loss Canelo-Golovkin 24/7 To Debut on August 26, on HBO Tim Tszyu Puts Away Chris Khan in Two Rounds Ismail Muwendo, Seniesa Estrada Pick Up Wins in Anaheim Verdejo To Stay Busy While Flanagan Situation is Sorted Out Tyson: McGregor's Gonna Get Killed; Dumb to Accept Boxing Rules! Gennady Golovkin Links With Chivas Regal For Chivas Fight Club Frank Warren Wins Damages Against Chris Eubank Jr. Top Rank VP: We'd Love Lomachenko-Salido II As Soon as Possible Butler-Hall II, Davies-Farrell, Fielding-Brophy on September 30 Greorge Groves vs. Jamie Cox on October 14 in London, WBSS McGregor: I Can Fight in Many Stances, Mayweather Has One Heiland: I Don't Feel Like The Underdog With Charlo, I'm Confident Broner: I Bet They Won't Bet Against Me Again After This Fight! Randy Couture: Mayweather Will NOT Knock McGregor Out Mike Tyson Says Molestation Incident Was a Motivator To Box Frampton: Selby is a Natural Fight To Make, The Timing is Right Haye: Before You Criticize Parker, Take a Good Look at Joshua! Abel Sanchez on What McGregor Must Do To Beat Mayweather Enrico Koelling Helping Erik Skoglund Prepare For Callum Smith Maybe there are worse things in boxing than Mayweather-McGregor Mayweather Vows: This Fight Won't Be Dull - It's Kill or Be Killed! Carlos Molina Hits Santo Domingo For Carlos Adames Clash Eddie Alvarez: McGregor Has Very Real Shot To KO Floyd Early Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Plans October Return, Eyes Martin Murray Cortez: McGregor a Very Powerful Puncher, Has Great Potential Amanda Serrano is Latest To Consider a Jump To MMA McGregor: Conditioning is Not an Issue Against Mayweather Jessie Magdaleno vs. Cesar Juarez Clash is Close For October Holyfield: Joshua Must Think About His Image, Forget Tyson Fury Kyoguchi Wins IBF World Title: Ryoichi Taguchi, Kono Get KO Wins Eubank Sr: James DeGale is "Suspect" For Not Entering WBSS Omar Figueroa: Mayweather-McGregor a Joke, Slap in The Face Garcia Open to Staying at 140, Moving Up to 147 After Broner Charlo: Jacobs Exploited Golovkin's Flaws, Better Than Canelo Daily Bread Mailbag: Mayweather-McGregor, Ward-Stevenson Frank Warren on Haye-Ringstar TV Deal, Signings in The UK Aloyan Gets WBC Belt in Second Pro Fight, Fedor Chudinov Wins
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement