Jimmy Thunder passes

Former heavyweight contender of the 1990s Jimmy Thunder has passed away in an Auckland, New Zealand hospital after recently undergoing brain surgery. He was just 54. Thunder was a regular on American television and scored wins over the likes of Trevor Berbick, Tony Tubbs and Tim Witherspoon. He never fought for a Big 4 heavyweight title, but did hold the IBO and WBF belts. A big puncher, Thunder compiled a record of 35-14, 28 KOs. RIP.

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    • Yeah but remember when Ike Ibeabuchi destroyed Chris Byrd in the 5th? Ike nearly killed him. Chris was spitting out so much saliva out of his mouth he looked like Apollo Creed Vs Ivan Drago when Drago was pummeling Apollo…

  • He was a very good fighter with an exciting style that led to many televised fights. While not quite a top contender, he always showed up prepared.

    RIP champ.

  • This is heartbreaking. Always a gentle giant who was always humble in victory and in defeat. I’ll never forget his one punch knockout of Crawford Grimsley on Tuesday Night Fights.
    Rest In Peace and may God comfort his family and loved ones…

  • Thank you for the memories champ!!! Remember Thunder from Tues night fights on USA Network. Was interesting to see a stiff body builder having success and getting so much air time. The train was good while it lasted. Thought about Jimmy a couple days ago was wondering whats going on with him.

  • He has one of the fastest KOS in Boxing History againts Crawford Grimsley in 1997, with a KO in 13 seconds, where he lost three seconds, because of the referee. RIP.

  • He was very entertaining and humble if I remember correctly. I believe he was in line for a shot at the title versus Riddick Bowe but was upset by Alex Garcia.

  • Gotta remember too, Grimsley, not long before the Thunder fight, went ten decent rounds in a decision loss to George Foreman. RIP Jimmy. I used to look forward to those fights.

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