Jim is a former Scottish boxer champion and holds the record for most successful defences of a world title by a British boxer. He beat such notables as future world champion Sean O’Grady, former world champion Perico Fernandez, Charlie Nash and Howard Davis Jr..
He was born in the boxing hotbed of Bridgeton in Glasgow’s East End on July 18th 1948. His first love was football but the long harsh winter of 1962–63 scuppered the young would-be footballer’s ability to play. So, he went to the warmer climes of James Murray’s Cardowan amateur boxing club at Maryhill.
He later knocked out future WBC welterweight champion and London’s pride John H. Stracey inside a single round to win the British ABA title in 1968.
He stunned the boxing world by declining the chance to go to the Mexico Olympics in 1968 having made the decision to turn pro’ under the guidance of his old master James Murray.
Jim became world champion in the lightweight division when Roberto Duran left the title vacant in 1979 and the WBC had him fight Alfredo Pitalua. Watt knocked out Pitalua in twelve rounds.
In 1981, he fought his last fight when he lost the WBC world Lightweight title to Alexis Argüello by a 15 round decision in London. Watt retired with a record of 38 wins (27 by knockout) and 8 losses (3 by knockout).
He was also long-term co-commentator with Reg Gutteridge on ITV’s The Big Fight Live and moved with Gutteridge to Sky Sports in 1996 when ITV withdrew from boxing coverage. As of 2011, he is still with Sky as a co-commentator and analyst.
Jim Watt made a special appearance on BBC’s Still Game in August 2007.
Watt is a well known guest host and after dinner speaker, as well as, an autograph signer, and his powerful motivational speeches are in demand at company seminars nationwide.