EAST CLEVELAND -- Heavyweight boxer Jimmy Bivins, whose professional career ran from 1940 to 1955, died Wednesday morning.
He was battling a number of illnesses and succumbed to pneumonia, according to his nephew Frank Nelson.
Nelson said "Jimmy went his final 15 rounds."
He died at 1:05 a.m. Wednesday at McGregor Nursing home in East Cleveland.
Bivins was born December 6, 1919, in Dry Branch, Georgia.
Although he was born in Georgia, Bivins fought out of Cleveland, Ohio for the entirety of his career.
He made his professional debut on January 15, 1940, winning by knockout in the first round, and went on to win his first nineteen fights, all fought in 1940, before losing a split decision to Anton Christoforidis, whom he had previously beaten.
Although he was never given the opportunity to fight for a world title, despite at one point being the number one contender in both the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions, Bivins fought and defeated many of the great fighters of his era.
In recognition of his achievements in the ring -- among other things, he defeated eight of the eleven world champions he faced -- Bivins was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1999.
He was also the one-time husband of Dollree Mapp, the subject of a prominent Supreme Court case regarding the rights of search and seizures.