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Jim Watt MBE (born 18 July 1948) is a Scottish former boxer and commentator who became world champion in the lightweight division when Roberto Durán left the title vacant in 1979 and the WBC had him fight Alfredo Pitalua.
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But there was no stigma in losing to a man like Arguello who went on to establish his own ring greatness.
Sharing the full story, not just the headlines. He was a great fighter, he turned out better than I thought,' says Watt. Howard Davis, American golden boy, and his management team of Dennis Rapaport and Mike Jones(who would later both manage 1980s heavyweight hope Gerry Cooney) swaggered into Glasgow in June 1980, cheekily asking about 'Jim Who? Watt knocked out Pitalua in twelve rounds.
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'I never complained. Jim Watt Latest News. The last major boxing staged at Ibrox was Jim Watt's WBC lightweight title defence against America's Howard Davis in June 1980. Sean O’Grady never did get his rematch but he was given a shot at the WBA lightweight title against Hilmer Kenty in Atlantic City in April 1981. However, on the plus side of this scenario, Watt was spared the early career hammerings that have ruined many a young prospect, which, in turn, explains the marvellous, unmarked freshness he brought to world-class boxing once the big career breakthrough took place. This realisation was marked by blood. 'She is my biggest fan': George Groves wants wife Sophie... Luke Jackson reveals gruesome injuries after suffering two... Fight fans face splashing out £120 to watch a series of... Dillian Whyte brands Tyson Fury a 'coward' for 'dodging... Frank Lampard says Maguire tackle was a 'clear penalty', Hamilton on future trajectory after record win: 'I'm still going up', Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Man United should have won against Chelsea, Brendan Rodgers on dramatic late 1-0 victory over Arsenal, Eddie Jones: '25% of the squad are young uncapped players', Mikel Arteta says Arsenal vs Leicester match was a 'harsh result', Jose Mourinho praises 'fantastic' Son Heung-min and Harry Kane, Khabib Nurmagomedov makes shocking retirement from UFC, Pep Guardiola blames football schedule for injuries, Rugby players appear to break COVID rules that led to cancelled match, Klopp impressed by Liverpool response to difficult week, Burnley 0-1 Tottenham: Sean Dyche post-match press conference. Most liked, -1) ?
"He's got a job to do; I've got a job to do. RIP Scudger: Community of Ibrox mourns death of murdered James Watt who is described as having a 'heart of gold'. I knew this was not going to last. For example, the Watt trademark toughness and courage was seen in March 1980 against Derry-based fellow southpaw Charlie Nash. Pic two is a press article showing Sean in the hoops at Parkhead. CELTIC chairman Ian Bankier today revealed the adverse impact of the “destructive” coronavirus outbreak has led for the Parkhead club’s profits falling by over £10m in the past financial year. A man who was murdered within a flat in Ibrox was involved in an altercation earlier in the day, police have said.
If boxing was his trade, survival was perhaps his most inspiring trait. Watt was good enough to knock out - inside one round - future British European and WBC world welterweight champion, from London, John H. Stracey to take the British Amateur Boxing Association title in 1968.
If you are dissatisfied with the response provided you can contact IPSO here. Post moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Buchanan, meanwhile, returned to Britain after a three-fight run at Madison Square Garden, which included losing his WBA lightweight title to Roberto Duran in June 1972. The ring career itself would lend itself to the hackneyed arc of the Hollywood movie. R14: Davis comes out fast this round, looking for a knockout. White denied this strenuously and said that Celtic had invited O’Grady in good faith as a sporting gesture.
There was also the reality of being a five-year-old boy, who was deprived of his father, of being a middle-aged man who lost his two children. It was defeat but there was dignity, too.
At the time we were somewhat disillusioned at the cosy relationship between some fansites and the board which was developing and felt that we wanted to be part of something that wasn’t being influenced by the PLC. Jim Watt finally lost his title against Alexis Arguello in the Empire Pool, Wembley, in June 1981. Buchanan, meanwhile, returned to Britain after a three-fight run at […] Pep Guardiola set to go a MONTH without Sergio Aguero due to a hamstring strain... adding to City's striker... JONATHAN McEVOY: Lewis Hamilton always has to be top dog! The Celtic directors had agreed to his on field appearance as a promotion for the forthcoming bout against Watt. An Absolute Bastard of a Man; Club Legend; Jim Watt fought five times for the title from 1979 to 1981 in front of Scottish crowds bruised by the failure of the football team in the World Cup in Argentina. Watt had decked Nash four times before the referee halted matters in round four. Despite splitting from Murray later on to join top Essex-based English coach and cornerman, Terry Lawless, no-one can deny that under Murray's early inspirational guidance the younger Jim Watt, budding but frustrated soccer player, was transformed into Jim Watt, outstanding amateur southpaw boxer. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to ', a studied insult implying Watt's lack of international boxing street cred. He won them all.
Instead he went to the warmer climes of James Murray's Cardowan amateur boxing club at Maryhill. O’Grady had been doing well until that point although Watt’s management had claimed that he also had sustained a head butt in the first round which had resulted in him swallowing blood from then on in. Most liked. The Irishman had previously accused Watt of ducking him after Watt refused to fight him in trouble-torn Northern Ireland. KENNY DALGLISH says that Neil Lennon deserves the chance to turn Celtic’s season around, and the club icon believes that the board will stand by their manager despite their recent poor form.
Looking back on what was written it’s clear that in some aspects we were spot on and in others we were hopelessly naive. Watch/Listen to clips associated with this article. Pic one shows a blooded O’Grady during the fight. I had a wonderful mother but I was not mollycoddled. 'I am mentally strong. Jim Watt says Scottish boxing is 'thriving' as Farooq & Wilson vie for title.
Yet, even by this stage of Watt's ring career, the southpaw had proved his class, taking Nigerian Jonathon Dele the full 15-round distance in Lagos, Nigeria in a losing bid to win the Commonwealth lightweight crown.
Yesterday Maloney had talks with Tom Shorey, the sales director of the new 75,000-capacity Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, with a view to staging the fight in the Welsh capital, where Lewis stopped Frank Bruno in October 1993 in his first term as World Boxing Council champion. I was sensible and my life was good. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium.
Overall, being the only Scottish boxer to win a title in Spain (where he outpointed Perico Fernandez in Madrid in February 1978 for the European lightweight title) and notching up a then record number of succesive world title defence wins by a Caledonian ring man, merely cemented Jim Watt's place in the Scottish ring greats Pantheon. Jim called it a day after that fight and went on to become a respected boxing pundit on various television channels. Davies may have dazzled the Ibrox ringside crowd with the glaring salmon pink boxing trunks that encased his flanks and which were made for the American challenger by Glasgow boxing referee and bespoke tailor, Len Mullen, but all the real razzle-dazzle came from Scotland's Jim Watt, whose superior boxing over 15 rain-soaked rounds made Watt a deserved winner. Create a commenting name to join the debate. The O’Grady entourage were certainly a colourful bunch when they arrived in Glasgow. In the summer of 2006 a few of us decided to set up the Celticunderground website. It is important that we continue to promote these adverts as our local businesses need as much support as possible during these challenging times. Watt points out that his night with Buchanan showed he could trade blows with the best but it was a night in Madrid in February 1978 that showed he could beat the best. There are 68 world titles now..' His best performance was against Davis at Ibrox in June 1980.
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