Hall of Fame Boxer Jimmy Bivens Passed Away at Age 92
Hall of Fame boxer Jimmy Bivins, who defeated some of the best heavyweight boxers of the 1940s and 1950s, passed away at the age of 92. Bivins died from complications from pneumonia early on Wednesday at an East Cleveland nursing home.
Bivins, who was born in Georgia in 1919, retired from boxing in 1955 after more than 100 professional fights. He did not get the chance to compete for a world title, but was once ranked as the No. 1 contender in both the lightweight and heavyweight divisions.
Bivins met seven Hall of Fame boxers, beating four of them. He also met 11 world champions and defeated eight of them. Bivins was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1999 with 86 wins, 25 losses and one draw during his career. He also had 31 knockouts.
In 1998, Bivins was found in the attic of his daughter's Cleveland home. He was covered in bedsores and weighed just 110lbs., which was 70lbs below his fighting weight. His son-in-law pleaded guilty to criminal neglect. He recovered and lived with a sister before moving to the nursing home in 2009.
Bivins is survived by a daughter, five grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements are pending.