History | Apr 17 2019

My Night: How Jim Watt became the champion of the world

'My trainer accused me of being on the verge of quitting, he demanded I raise the pace and in the 12th round I stopped him'
Jim Watt
Boxing - Braehead Arena, Renfrew, Scotland - 19/6/04  |  Action Images

WHEN I signed with my trainer and manager Terry Lawless in 1976 I did feel I had missed the boat, I was in my late 20s, but he was the main man at the time, and it became clear pretty soon that I would get opportunities. He felt I was the best lightweight in Europe and had underachieved.

If you look at my losses, three were on cuts in fights I would probably have won today with the changes in regulations [that send many bouts ended by cuts to the scorecards]. I also lost a couple of pretty bad decisions, one in South Africa. I had lost to Ken Buchanan and I didn’t complain. I lost for the vacant Commonwealth title in Africa and never complained.

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