Born in Lincolnton, NC in 1949, Mike Bivens began his boxing career at age 13 under the tutelage of legendary coach T.L. McManus.
Bivens, who spent most of his formative years in Belmont, NC, compiled a record of 33 wins and 11 losses during a career that featured several amateur championships. He was a participant in the first professional boxing match ever televised in North Carolina. Bivens and Roby Jetton squared off in 1979 for the Heavyweight Championship of the Carolinas. Jetton won by TKO before what was then the largest crowd to attend a boxing match in the Tar Heel State. Bivens later captured the Heavyweight Championship of the Carolinas by knocking out Fred Gore.
Bivens also served as promoter and trained for many years,working with such boxers as James “Bonecrusher” Smith, Greg Page, Cedric Mingo, Kelvin Seabrooks and Emile Griffith. He excelled at promoting local fighters and bringing championships to North Carolina.