Sean O'Grady former WBA lightweight World champion SIGNED action shot 9" x 5 1/2" wirephoto image against Jim Watt, 1st November 1980, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland.
Condition very good
Watt W TKO 12
In this internationally televised title bout from Glascow, Scotland, Lightweight Champion Jim Watt defended his title against rising Sean O'Grady. This was the first title shot for O'Grady, and his inexperience showed the entire bout. Watt's jabs and power punches created eye cuts on O'Grady, who fought back well but whose corner spent the majority of the bout working feverishly on the cuts. Despite frequent combinations and body shots by both fighters, by holding and 'mixing heads' in clinches Watt did everything possible to make this a downright bloody affair, and got away with as much as he could in his hometown arena. In the end, O'Grady was bleeding badly, and the referee had to stop this fight in the twelfth round.
Sean O'Grady (born February 10, 1959) is a successful Commercial Realtor in Oklahoma City, and a former Champion Boxer who was born in Austin, Texas.
The son of boxing trainer Pat O'Grady and boxing promoter Jean O' Grady, Sean moved around a lot when he was a younger kid, but his family settled in Oklahoma City, when he was 11 years old. In addition to being a World champion, O'Grady is also a college graduate, boxing analyst, television personality, actor and former teen idol across the United States Midwest. In the middle of his boxing career, Sean was popular among teen girls around his area, and it wasn't uncommon to see teenaged females from Oklahoma and its adjacent states wearing Sean O'Grady T-shirts or anything else related to him. He regularly chewed bubble gum upon entering the ring prior to fights, and because of this, he earned the nickname "Bubble Gum Bomber."
O' Grady started boxing professionally in 1975. In 1980, he had his first World title try, when the World Boxing Council Lightweight champion Jim Watt gave him an opportunity to fight for the title. O' Grady travelled to Scotland to fight Watt, but sustained a cut over the forehead due to a head butt late in the bout and lost by a technical knockout in round 12. The O' Gradys protested the fight's result 24 hours later while in Ireland, arguing that the cut had been caused by the headbutt, not a punch. Because of the controversy surrounding the fight, the World Boxing Association Lightweight champion, Hilmer Kenty, gave O'Grady another opportunity at the title. They met on April 12, 1981. O' Grady again suffered a cut early in the bout, but he dropped Kenty in round eight and won a unanimous decision. The fight was one of the ten best fights of 1981 according to Ring Magazine.
In part because of problems with his manager / father, he never defended the WBA title and was eventually stripped of it.
Pat O' Grady then formed the little-regarded (and very short lived) World Athletic Association to recognize Sean as a champion. O' Grady promptly lost this "championship" to Andy Ganigan of Hawaii.
O' Grady had a record of 81 wins and 5 losses as a professional boxer, with 70 wins by knockout.