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Old 03-21-2012, 08:49 PM   #1
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Default Jimmy Abbott Appreciation Thread

Turned pro at 18 or 19 and was out of the game at 23. Showed promise. Won the Transvaal heavyweight belt. Was he rushed a bit? Why did he quit? Did he ever train seriously? Anyone have any footage?
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:23 AM   #2
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Abbot was an interesting clubfighter, one of the guys rated 15th through 25th worldwide. I never saw him fight. Can anyone describe Abbot's styel?
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:27 AM   #3
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My memories on Abbott are vague, to be honest. I remember it was front page news here when he knocked out Knoetze in a round. It was considered a big deal here, although good old Knoetze was past what prime he had.

I saw Jimmy in Jo'burg in 1990. I attended a college right next to a tailor called Big & Tall, where Jimmy shopped for his clothes.

I was standing with a group of friends just outside the college, and I recognise Jimmy as he walked past. Huge ****er. Must have weighed close to 400 lbs.*

Anyway, one of my buddies waits until there was a bit of distance between us and him, and he suddenly shouts out: "Lose some weight you fat ****!"
Jimmy turns around with a face like thunder, and we just bolted out of there.

I saw him another time too, and he managed to squeeze himself into a VW Golf (You guys in the States called it a Rabbit.)
That poor car was hunkered down on the ground like you wouldn't believe. But only on his side. It was pretty hilarious.

*Come to think of it, I think it was even more than that. That translates to 182 kgs, and he almost certainly weighed more than that, judging by the way he looked.

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