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Jimmy Bivins boxer

Jimmy Bivins image
Status inactive
Age 92
Division heavyweight
Height 5′ 9″/175cm
Reach 76″/193cm
Debut 1940-01-15
Born 1919-12-06
Death 2012-07-04
Nationality USA
Residence Cleveland, Ohio, USA
bouts
112
won
86
lost
25
draw
1
bouts
112
won
86
lost
25
draw
1
Status inactive
Age 92
Division heavyweight
Height 5′ 9″/175cm
Reach 76″/193cm
Debut 1940-01-15
Born 1919-12-06
Death 2012-07-04
Nationality USA
Residence Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Although he was born in Georgia, Bivins fought out of Cleveland, Ohio for the entirety of his career. He made his professional debut on January 15, 1940, winning by knockout in the first round, and went on to win his first nineteen fights, all fought in 1940, before losing a split decision to Anton Christoforidis, whom he had previously beaten. Bivins won his first four fights of 1941, including contests with Teddy Yarosz and Curtis Sheppard, but lost three of his other four contests that year, which included a points loss to Melio Bettina. He began 1942 with wins against Billy Soose and Gus Lesnevich and a split-decision loss to Bob Pastor. After this loss, Bivins had a twenty-seven fight undefeated streak that lasted for four years; it was during this period that Bivins established himself as one of the great heavyweights of his era - a remarkable achievement given that, at 5' 9", he was often significantly smaller than his opponents.Bivins first fight after losing to Pastor was a split-decision win against Joey Maxim, a fellow Cleveland fighter who went on to become a member of the hall of fame. Bivins fought four more contests in 1942, including a rematch with Bob Pastor and a bout with Lee Savold, and won them all. He began 1943 with a remarkable win against Ezzard Charles, in which he recorded seven knockdowns against the future heavyweight world champion. On February 23, 1943 he defeated Anton Christoforidis on points for the duration light heavyweight title - as all the world titles had been frozen for the duration of World War II, this was the closest he ever came to holding a world title. In the three years after this fight Bivins went on to defeat Tami Mauriello, Pat Valentino, Lloyd Marshall, Melio Bettina, Curtis Sheppard and Archie Moore, whom he knocked-down six times en route to a knockout victory. Bivins served with the United States Army from March, 1944 until his honorable discharge in November of the same year - during 1944 he fought only one professional fight, a points victory over Lee Q. Murray.

Although he was born in Georgia, Bivins fought out of Cleveland, Ohio for the entirety of his career. He made his professional debut on January 15, 1940, winning by knockout in the first round, and went on to win his first nineteen fights, all fought in 1940, before losing a split decision to Anton Christoforidis, whom he had previously beaten. Bivins won his first four fights of 1941, including contests with Teddy Yarosz and Curtis Sheppard, but lost three of his other four contests that year, which included a points loss to Melio Bettina. He began 1942 with wins against Billy Soose and Gus Lesnevich and a split-decision loss to Bob Pastor. After this loss, Bivins had a twenty-seven fight undefeated streak that lasted for four years; it was during this period that Bivins established himself as one of the great heavyweights of his era - a remarkable achievement given that, at 5' 9", he was often significantly smaller than his opponents.Bivins first fight after losing to Pastor was a split-decision win against Joey Maxim, a fellow Cleveland fighter who went on to become a member of the hall of fame. Bivins fought four more contests in 1942, including a rematch with Bob Pastor and a bout with Lee Savold, and won them all. He began 1943 with a remarkable win against Ezzard Charles, in which he recorded seven knockdowns against the future heavyweight world champion. On February 23, 1943 he defeated Anton Christoforidis on points for the duration light heavyweight title - as all the world titles had been frozen for the duration of World War II, this was the closest he ever came to holding a world title. In the three years after this fight Bivins went on to defeat Tami Mauriello, Pat Valentino, Lloyd Marshall, Melio Bettina, Curtis Sheppard and Archie Moore, whom he knocked-down six times en route to a knockout victory. Bivins served with the United States Army from March, 1944 until his honorable discharge in November of the same year - during 1944 he fought only one professional fight, a points victory over Lee Q. Murray.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
Oct. 28, 1955 Mike DeJohn WWWWWW Arena, Cleveland WIN
Points
Aug. 31, 1955 Dan Moray LLWLLL Arena, Cleveland WIN
Corner retirement
June 9, 1953 Chubby Wright LLWLDW Huntington WIN
Points
April 24, 1953 Claude Rolfe LLWWWW Latin-American Arena, Tampa WIN
Unanimous decision
April 6, 1953 Tommy Harrison WLWWWL Dinner Key Auditorium, Miami LOSS
Unanimous decision
Nov. 26, 1952 Ezzard Charles WWLLWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago LOSS
Unanimous decision
Nov. 3, 1952 Tommy Harrison LWDWLW Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence LOSS
Unanimous decision
Oct. 22, 1952 Wes Bascom WWLLWW Arena, Saint Louis WIN
Majority decision
Sept. 19, 1952 Coley Wallace WWWWWW St. Nicholas Arena, New York WIN
KO
March 31, 1952 Aaron Wilson WLWWLL Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 21, 1951 Charley Doc Williams LWWWWL St. Nicholas Arena, New York WIN
Split-decision
Nov. 5, 1951 Bob Baker WWWWWW Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh LOSS
Unanimous decision
Aug. 15, 1951 Joe Louis WWWWWW Memorial Stadium, Baltimore LOSS
Unanimous decision
June 26, 1951 Clarence Henry WWWWWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles LOSS
Unanimous decision
May 29, 1951 Willie Bean WWLWWL Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Unanimous decision
May 18, 1951 Ralph KO Hooker LWWWWD Madison Square Garden, Phoenix WIN
Points
May 4, 1951 Willie Bean WWWLWW Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
Unanimous decision
Feb. 21, 1951 Archie Moore WWWWWW St. Nicholas Arena, New York LOSS
Corner retirement
Feb. 12, 1951 Ted Lowry WLLLLL Coliseum, Baltimore WIN
Unanimous decision
Jan. 22, 1951 Young Harry Wills WLLLLW Coliseum, Baltimore WIN
KO
Feb. 6, 1950 Sid Peaks WLWWLL Laurel Garden, Newark LOSS
Points
Feb. 1, 1950 Willis Applegate DLDWLL Miami Stadium, Miami WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 26, 1949 Harold Johnson WWWLWW Convention Hall, Philadelphia LOSS
Unanimous decision
Sept. 27, 1949 Clarence Henry WWWDWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 21, 1949 Leonard Morrow WWWWWW Auditorium, Oakland WIN
Unanimous decision
July 15, 1949 Watson Jones WWWWLL Last Frontier Hotel, Las Vegas WIN
KO
July 5, 1949 Leonard Morrow WWLWWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles LOSS
Unanimous decision
June 20, 1949 Willie Bean LWWWWW Arena, Cleveland WIN
Unanimous decision
April 11, 1949 Archie Moore WWWWWW Sports Arena, Toledo LOSS
KO
March 21, 1949 Rusty Payne WWWLWW Aragon Gardens, Pittsburgh WIN
Split-decision
Dec. 7, 1948 Joey Maxim DWWWLW Arena, Cleveland LOSS
Split-decision
Oct. 11, 1948 Johnny Flynn WWWWWW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Majority decision
Sept. 13, 1948 Ezzard Charles WWWWWW Griffith Stadium, Washington LOSS
Unanimous decision
June 28, 1948 Archie Moore WLWWWL Coliseum, Baltimore LOSS
Majority decision
April 20, 1948 Pat Valentino WWWDLD Arena, Cleveland WIN
Unanimous decision
April 12, 1948 Billy Thompson WWWLWW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Technical knockout
March 9, 1948 Turkey Thompson LLWWWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Unanimous decision
March 1, 1948 Johnny Haynes LWWLWW Coliseum, Baltimore WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 13, 1948 Johnny Shkor LWLWLL Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 12, 1947 Sid Peaks WWWWWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Points
Sept. 8, 1947 Archie Moore WWLWWW 5th Regiment Armory, Baltimore LOSS
Corner retirement
July 1, 1947 Bobby Zander WLWWWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Unanimous decision
June 9, 1947 Lee Q. Murray WWWWW Coliseum, Baltimore WIN
Split-decision
June 2, 1947 Omelio Agramonte WWWWWW Coliseum, Baltimore WIN
Technical knockout
May 9, 1947 Lee Q. Murray WWWWW Olympia Stadium, Detroit LOSS
Unanimous decision
April 21, 1947 Curtis Sheppard WWWWWL Coliseum, Baltimore WIN
Unanimous decision
March 10, 1947 Ezzard Charles WWWWWW Arena, Cleveland LOSS
KO
Feb. 17, 1947 Curtis Sheppard WWWWWW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Unanimous decision
Feb. 3, 1947 Booker Beckwith WWWWWW Coliseum, Chicago WIN
KO
Jan. 16, 1947 Johnny Flynn LWWWWL Uline Arena, Washington WIN
Unanimous decision
Dec. 6, 1946 Colion Chaney WLWWWW Akron WIN
KO
Nov. 12, 1946 Ezzard Charles WWWWWW Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh LOSS
Unanimous decision
June 10, 1946 Lee Q. Murray WLWWWW Arena, Cleveland LOSS
Unanimous decision
Feb. 25, 1946 Jersey Joe Walcott WWWWWW Arena, Cleveland LOSS
Split-decision
Feb. 11, 1946 Yancey Henry WWLLW Coliseum, Baltimore WIN
KO
Jan. 30, 1946 Oakland Billy Smith WWWLWW Auditorium, Oakland WIN
Points
Jan. 22, 1946 Johnny Haynes WWWWWL Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
KO
Jan. 7, 1946 Watson Jones LLWDWW Civic Auditorium, San Francisco WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 26, 1945 Yancey Henry WLLWW Uline Arena, Washington WIN
Unanimous decision
Aug. 22, 1945 Archie Moore WWWWWW Lakefront Stadium, Cleveland WIN
KO
July 26, 1945 Curtis Sheppard LLWWWL Forbes Field, Pittsburgh WIN
Unanimous decision
June 12, 1945 Buddy Scott WWWLWW Griffith Stadium, Washington WIN
KO
March 16, 1945 Melio Bettina LWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York DRAW
Points
Feb. 27, 1945 Johnny Flynn WWWWWW Arena, Cleveland WIN
Points
Feb. 19, 1945 Buddy Walker WLWLWW Coliseum, Baltimore WIN
KO
Feb. 5, 1945 George Parks LWLWLW Uline Arena, Washington WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 29, 1944 Lee Q. Murray WWWWWL Arena, Cleveland WIN
Points
Dec. 1, 1943 Lee Q. Murray WWWWWW Arena, Cleveland WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 15, 1943 Melio Bettina WWWWWW Lakefront Stadium, Cleveland WIN
Unanimous decision
Aug. 24, 1943 Herbert Marshall WLWLLW Griffith Stadium, Washington WIN
KO
June 8, 1943 Lloyd Marshall WWWWWW Lakefront Stadium, Cleveland "Duration" Light Heavyweight

WIN
KO
April 26, 1943 Pat Valentino LWWLWW Civic Auditorium, San Francisco WIN
Unanimous decision
April 6, 1943 Watson Jones WWWWWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Unanimous decision
March 12, 1943 Tami Mauriello WLWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Majority decision
Feb. 23, 1943 Anton Christoforidis WWWWDW Arena, Cleveland Duration Light Heavyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Jan. 7, 1943 Ezzard Charles WWWWWW Arena, Cleveland Duration Light Heavyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 27, 1942 Lee Savold WLWWLW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 20, 1942 Bob Pastor WWWWDW Arena, Cleveland WIN
Split-decision
Sept. 15, 1942 Tami Mauriello WWDWWW Arena, Cleveland WIN
Split-decision
July 23, 1942 Joe Muscato WWWWWW Arena, Cleveland WIN
KO
June 23, 1942 Joey Maxim LWWWLW Lakefront Stadium, Cleveland WIN
Split-decision
April 17, 1942 Bob Pastor WWWWWW Arena, Cleveland LOSS
Split-decision
March 11, 1942 Gus Lesnevich WWWWWL Arena, Cleveland WIN
Unanimous decision
Jan. 13, 1942 Billy Soose WWWLDW Arena, Cleveland WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 17, 1941 Melio Bettina WWWWWW Arena, Cleveland LOSS
Unanimous decision
Oct. 20, 1941 Nate Bolden DWWLLW Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 10, 1941 Tony Musto WLWLDL Arena, Cleveland LOSS
Split-decision
July 14, 1941 Lem Franklin WWWWWW Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago LOSS
Technical knockout
July 2, 1941 Curtis Sheppard WWWLW Hickey Park, Millvale WIN
Points
April 2, 1941 Buddy Knox WWLWLL Public Hall, Cleveland WIN
Points
March 5, 1941 Teddy Yarosz WWLWWW Arena, Cleveland WIN
Points
Feb. 19, 1941 Pete Tamalonis WWLLLW Public Hall, Cleveland WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 2, 1940 Anton Christoforidis WWWWWL Arena, Cleveland LOSS
Majority decision
Nov. 15, 1940 Anton Christoforidis WWWWWW Public Hall, Cleveland WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 22, 1940 Vince Pimpinella LWWLLL Arena, Cleveland WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 23, 1940 Larry Kellum WWLLLL Hickey Park, Millvale WIN
KO
Sept. 9, 1940 Johnny Barbara WLWWLL Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 3, 1940 Charley Burley WWWWDW Hickey Park, Millvale WIN
Unanimous decision
Aug. 5, 1940 Johnny Barbara LWLWWL Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago WIN
KO
July 15, 1940 Paul Frazier LWLWWW Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago WIN
Points
July 1, 1940 Mose Brown WWWWWW Hickey Park, Millvale WIN
Points
June 24, 1940 Frankie Hughes LWWWWW Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago WIN
Points
June 13, 1940 Stoney Jackson WLLLL Hickey Park, Millvale WIN
Technical knockout
May 13, 1940 Paul Frazier WLW Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
KO
April 25, 1940 Enzo Iannozzi LLLLLL Public Hall, Cleveland WIN
KO
April 15, 1940 Marine Johnny Dean WWDLLL Public Hall, Cleveland WIN
KO
April 8, 1940 Nate Bolden WWWWLL Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Points
March 27, 1940 Young Flowers WWWLLW Public Hall, Cleveland WIN
Technical knockout
March 18, 1940 Joe Sutka WWWLDL Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Points
Feb. 26, 1940 Joe Sutka WWWWLD Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Points
Feb. 12, 1940 Tito Taylor LLLWWW Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Points
Jan. 15, 1940 Emory Morgan LLLL Public Hall, Cleveland WIN
Technical knockout