Nineties heavyweight fringe contender Jimmy Thunder 35-14 (28 Ko’s) sadly handed away this week as a consequence of issues following surgical procedure to take away a small mind tumour in his native Auckland, New Zealand.. Jimmy was solely 54 however like a vibrant and eventful life.
The large punching Thunder confronted 8 official world champions all through his 49 combat profession, together with Tim Witherspoon, Chris Byrd, JB Williamson, Tony Tubbs and Trevor Berbick..
Thunder Picked up the vacant WBF heavyweight championship by stopping Jamaican Melton Bowen in 1993, earlier than dropping it the identical yr to future cruiserweight world champion Johnny Nelson..
A yr later he received the IBO title beating robust Richard Mason, making two defences over the subsequent twelve months beating each Tony Tubbs and Ray Anis..
Jimmy twice tried to win the commonwealth title in opposition to Henry Akinwande and Derrick Williams earlier than making a useless try to carry the NABF title in 1997 dropping a marginal break up resolution to future WBA champion John Ruiz…
Regardless of falling upon onerous occasions within the mid 2000s, Thunder appeared to seek out his toes when he married a Native American girl by the title of Iris Whitemagpie in 2008, though a yr later the New Zealander was rumoured to have been residing tough on the streets of Las Vegas.. in 2011 Thunder bumped into immigration points when his US visa was revoked following a number of run ins with the legislation… Jimmy was deported again to his nation of beginning in 2012 the place he remained till his passing.. Jimmy held the honour of scoring the quickest knockout in historical past in 1997 when he poleaxed Crawford Grimsley after simply 1.5 seconds of the opening session..
Thunder actually was an enormous star in his native nation and will have been a official champion has the celebrities fallen into place.. A person that I solely met every so often, however discovered to be heat hearted and good natured..
RIP James Thunder.