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Jimmy Bivins, some interesting facts

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Ive just finished Jerry Fitch's bio on Jimmy Bivins. While the book is relatively short, it has some interesting facts that I thought some of you would be interested in.

1) As an amateur, Bivins fought Joey Maxim twice, knocking him out and out pointing him in 1939.

2) Bivins hated Archie Moore. Apparently Moore was sleeping with Jimmy's wife when they first met in 1945. This is why Bivins hit Moore when he was down on one knee, knocking him out. After a 10 minute recovery time, Bivins knocked him out again.

3) He was good friends with Ezzard Charles, and perhaps that was the reason he didn't knock Charles out when they first met, despite having him down 7 times. Charles never let up on Jimmy years later, however.

4) a few people claim Jimmy never lost a step after the war, but claim he started losing when his opponents closed the weight gap Bivins enjoyed. While this may be true, Bivins suffered a major injury during the war. He was set on by a group of men who knocked him unconscious for several days. Jimmy recieved an Honourable Discharge just 9 months after, while the war was going on. His sister later claimed that his reflexes were never the same.

5) He was urged to quit the ring at aged 26 by his trainer and mentor Wilfred 'Whizbang' Carter. When jimmy refused, claiming he had more to offer, Whiz quit, claiming Jimmy would be seriously hurt of he carried on. That was in 1946.
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Its 98 pages or something like that, you can have Dan mail it to you when he is finished if you want to mail them back to me afterwards.

I think Bivins prime ended in 1945/46, he had a quality won over Moore but apparently he struggled in bouts he would have walked over earlier. His loss to JJW signalled an end to his dominance and although they reckon he won that fight his record suggests he was never the same afterwards. Maybes he just didn't have the drive after being (so called) robbed or maybes the many years of tough fights caught up with him when he started fighting naturally bigger boxers.
@chatty Thanks for your opinions. As for the book appreciate the offer but I am swamped. Next up is a book has lent me; finally getting round to it! Still have the new Joe Gans book to read as well, about the Nelson fight.
Whats the Joe Gans book called, I saw one on my kindle and it was about £15, I'm tempted to buy it but I got loads of books to read so I might hold of until after Xmas
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