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 Schaefer: Dorticos-Gassiev One of Boxing's Most Exciting Fights Demetrius Andrade: Fox Was The Only Guy Willing To Fight Me! Lara Sounds Off: Lubin Was a Child! I'll Beat Charlo! I'll Beat Hurd! Haye Says He Needs To Curb 'Control Freak' Behavior as Promoter N'Dam: 1000% Confident I'll Beat Murata - He Won't Touch Me Frank Warren Talks Josh Warrington vs. Dennis Ceylan, More Badou Jack: I Want To Fight a Racist, a Scumbag - Maybe Kovalev Porter: I Don't See Myself Retiring Without Fighting Errol Spence Wilder Urges: No More Hype, Joshua Fight Needs To Happen Now! Gabe Rosado: I Want Canelo, Daniel Jacobs, Lemieux Rematch! Fox: They Think I'm a Chump; I'll Show I Belong Against Andrade Gabe Rosado Batters, Stops Glen Tapia in Sixth Round Gabe Rosado vs. Glen Tapia - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Saunders: Lemieux is GGG's Leftover Dog Meat - I Want The Dog! Video: Abel Sanchez Talks Golovkin vs. Canelo, Gassiev, More Buster Douglas Backs Wilder Over Joshua, Shakes Head at PED Use Gabe Rosado vs. Glen Tapia - LIVE Results From Las Vegas Gassiev: WBSS is Best Way To Unify, Show I'm The Best at Cruiser News: Devin Haney, Shiro vs. Guevara, Reymart Gaballo Machado: Roach Gives Me Confidence, I'm Ready For Corrales Sullivan Barrera vs. Felix Valera Part of HBO Triple on Nov. 25 Video: Richard Schaefer Talks World Boxing Super Series Ronnie Shields: Lara's Style is His Style - I Won't Change it For Critics! Photos: Ruiz vs. Montano - Boxeo Telemundo Weights Milan Melindo vs. Hekkie Budler Rematch Ordered By The IBF Schaefer: WBSS Has Elevated the Entire Cruiserweight Division News: Montgomery Brothers, Ruben Villa, Dutchover, More Demetrius Andrade: Golovkin Beat Canelo - I Want GGG Next! DiBella: Wilder vs. Whyte To Get Joshua is Stupid, Whyte Irrelevant! Photos: Murat Gassiev, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk - Go Face To Face David Haye: If I Beat Bellew, But Scrape Through - I May Retire! Sosa, Castellanos Plan For War on Kovalev vs. Shabrankskyy Card Photos: Joe Joyce, Ian Lewison - Ready For Battle Top Rank on ESPN - Television Ratings, Numbers, Statistics Gabriel Gonzaga Ready For His Pro Boxing Debut Gervonta Davis To Stand Trial on Assault Charge on November 29 Katie Taylor Won't Let Title Opportunity Slip, Hungry To Win Belt David Benavidez: I Wanted Gavril Again To Prove Doubters Wrong Lara: Andrade is Broke, Frustrated & Getting Worse by The Fight Roach: Will Be Hard for Retired Cotto to Resist Canelo-GGG Winner
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement