In Pictures: Charlie Nash's World title clash against Jim Watt at Kelvin Hall 1980

DERRY boxing legend, Charlie Nash earned a coveted shot at the WBC world lightweight title against reigning champion, Scotland's Jim Watt on March 1980.

Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 6:37 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 6:38 pm
WBC world lightweight champion, Jim Watt and Derry's Charlie Nash pictured ahead of their world title fight at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow in March 1980.

And 40 years on, we've delved back into the Journal archives to reminisce on what was a momentous occasion for the Derry boxing fraternity.

Nash had been on a collision course with fellow southpaw, Watt from the previous year when the Scotsman was holder of the EBU European belt but refused to travel to Derry to defend it against the Creggan man and was duly stripped of his title.

After winning the European title and defending it against Ken Buchanan, Nash earned his shot at Watt. And so on March 14th 1980 Nash and his army of fans from Derry and beyond descended on Glasgow's Kelvin Hall in a bid to be crowned champion on the world.

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Charlie pictured in his dressing room after the fight with Creggan priest, Rev. George McLaughlin.

Nash had the champion on the canvas in the final 20 seconds of the first round after landing a right hook flush to the Glaswegian's chin. Watt managed to get back on his feet without a count and was off the hook. However, in the third Nash was sent tumbling to the floor by Watt, banging his head on the canvas.

The referee, Sid Nathan judged Nash had been knocked down by a left hand and gave a standing eight count. Watt went in for the finish and Nash was down again from a left hook and his world title dream was over.

Charlie relaxing in his Glasgow hotel room ahead of the world title fight. With him are his corner men, Tommy Donnelly and John Daly.
CHARLIES ARMY... A section of Charlie Nashs support who travelled to Kelvin Hall for the WBC lightweight title bout with Jim Watt.
Charlie gets some last minute advice from trainer Tommy Donnelly.
Derry lightweight Charlie Nash pictured with his entourage ahead of his world title fight against Jim Watt in Glasgow.
Derry lightweight Charlie Nash makes his way into the ring at the Kelvin Hall ahead of his world title challenge against Jim Watt.
Charlie and Watt at the weigh-in, accompanied by the ring girls.
Charlie drops into the Kelvin Hall where he meets some of his Derry fans, including from left: Sheila Brown, Isabel Duffy and Sally Harkin.
Belfast boxing legend Rinty Monaghan, accompanied by his own band of admirers, was among Charlie Nashs fans in Glasgow.
Charlie being interviewed by BBC Television presenter Des Lynam at the weigh-in at the Kelvin Hall.
Nash fans make themselves heard at the weigh-in ahead of the fight.
Tommy Donnelly chats to a smiling Terry Lawless, Jim Watts trainer, at the weigh-in.
Charlie greets a fan who shows him his scrapbook ahead of his world title fight against Jim Watt.
A triumphant Jim Watt salutes the crowd in the Kelvin Hall following his victory.
Charlie after the fight with Creggan parish priests, from left, Revs. George McLaughlin, Joe Carolan and Martin Rooney.
Charlie Nash pictured in the dressing room after losing his world title challenge to Jim Watt.
A large crowd turns out alongside the world's media as Charlie weighs in for his world title fight.
Charlie chats to Tommy Donnelly and (on right) Mickey Duff, his new manager, ahead of the fight.
Group of Nash fans from Derry and Glasgow pictured at the Albany Hotel after the fight.