Jimmy Bivins vs. Billy Soose

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1942-01-13 : Jimmy Bivins 176 lbs beat Billy Soose 172½ lbs by UD in round 10 of 10

  • Location: Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

"Former middleweight champion Billy Soose was defeated by Jimmy Bivins, 178, of Cleveland in a smashing 10 round fight last night in his second start in the light heavyweight class. Soose spotted Bivins six pounds at 172 and found the going too rough. Bivins piled an early lead with smashing rights to the head and fought in spurts after that. Bivins matched Soose's clever left with his own lightning left jab and piled up point after point. In the heavier fighting, Bivins' strength was too much for Soose. There were no knockdowns but Bivins had Soose in trouble in the 2nd, 6th and 7th rounds. In the latter round, Bivins opened a cut over Soose's left eye." -United Press

  • Both the UP and the AP unofficially scored the fight 6-3-1 Bivins
  • Soose had been aiming for a title fight with Gus Lesnevich in NY in March but joined the Navy shortly after this bout.
  • Attendance - 8,066
  • Gate - $15,811