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James (Jim) Watt


1948 -

Boxer, born in Glasgow. Watt is remembered as the World Lightweight Champion between 1979 and 1981. Becoming a successful amateur boxer, he turned professional in 1968. He went on to win the British Lightweight Champion on two separate occasions; firstly from Willie O'Reilly (1972) then, having lost it to Ken Buchanan the following year, regained it by defeating Johnny Cheshire in 1975. Watt was also European Lightweight Champion from 1977 - 1979. He took the WBC title by defeating Columbian Alfredo Pitalua in Glasgow and successfully defended it four times in the city. He lost the title on points to Nicaraguan Alexis Arguello at Wembley Stadium (England) and retired, having won 38 of his 48 professional fights. He began a new career as a television boxing commentator.

Watt was awarded an MBE (1980) and the Freedom of the City of Glasgow (1981).


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