Mike Mollo

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Mike Mollo
Statistics
Real name Mike Mollo
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Nationality United States
Born (1980-02-11) February 11, 1980 (age 34)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 25
Wins 20
Wins by KO 12
Losses 4
Draws 1
No contests 0

Mike Mollo (born February 11, 1980 in Oak Lawn, Illinois) is a professional boxer in the heavyweight division, born in the United States.

Background[edit]

Born into a working class Italian family in Chicago's south suburbs, Mollo got into numerous scuffles on the streets of his neighborhood. Already 230 pounds as a 14-year-old, he was quickly taken to the local boxing club to hone his skills, and apply his energy in a more constructive manner.[1]

Professional career[edit]

After a brief amateur career, "Merciless" Mike Mollo made his professional debut on June 25, 2000, scoring a first-round knockout over Terry Coffin in Elgin, Illinois. Over the following years, Mollo built his professional record while also working full time as a bricklayer and tuck pointer. Wildly popular with Chicago fight fans, Mollo used his hard-punching, aggressive style to win 19 of his first 20 professional bouts. His first loss was to heavyweight contender DaVarryl Williamson. On October 7, 2006, Mollo scored his biggest win, knocking out Kevin McBride (best known for defeating Mike Tyson) by a TKO 30 seconds into the second round.[2]

Influences[edit]

Early in his career, Mollo gained the support of Rocky Marciano’s family. “I understand that Mike wants to emulate Rocky both in and out of the ring”, noted Peter Marciano, younger brother of the “Brockton Blockbuster”. Mollo remembers Marciano well. “I grew up watching fight films of Rocky Marciano. Both of our families came from Naples, Italy, so Rocky was a hero to my family. My strength and conditioning coach Joe Wright gave me a rare book written by Rocky called 'The Use of the Body'. Joe found this book in 1967 while he was somewhere in England. I’ve been reading it and it’s a masterpiece.” Mollo continued, “I can’t be Rocky, but I’m truly honored to have the support of the Marciano family. I hope to make them proud.”[3]

Mollo is married with children and resides in the Chicago, Illinois area.


Life with Boxing360[edit]

Mollo currently is signed with Boxing360,[4] a New York-based promotional firm founded in 2009 by Mario Yagobi. Mollo seems to be suffering under Boxing360, he is not fought since 2010, the fast rising heavyweight's career has stalled dramatically.

Professional boxing record[edit]

20 Wins (12 knockouts, 8 decisions), 4 Losses (2 knockouts, 2 decisions), 1 Draw [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 20-5-1 Poland Artur Szpilka KO 5 16/08/2013 IllinoisU.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 20-4-1 Poland Artur Szpilka KO 6 01/02/2013 Illinois UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Draw 20-3-1 United States Gary Gomez MD 8 06/08/2010 Illinois UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 20–3 United States Billy Zumbrun UD 8 26/03/2010 Illinois UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 19–3 United States Jameel McCline UD 12 07/11/2008 China Sichuan Gymnasium, Chengdu, China WBC Heavyweight title eliminator.
Loss 19–2 Poland Andrew Golota UD 12 19/01/2008 New York Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States Lost WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight title.
Win 19–1 Canada Art Binkowski TKO 2 (10) 13/10/2007 Illinois Sears Centre, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States
Win 18–1 United States Zack Page UD 8 13/10/2007 Indiana Belterra Casino Resort, Belterra, Indiana, United States
Win 17–1 Republic of Ireland Kevin McBride TKO 2 (12) 07/10/2006 Illinois Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, United States Won vacant WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight title. McBride took a standing 8 count in the 1st rd and was down twice in the 2nd.
Win 16–1 United States Willie Walker KO 1 (6) 25/08/2006 Illinois Aragon Ballroom 1106 W Lawrence, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 15–1 United States DaVarryl Williamson TKO 4 (10) 06/05/2006 Massachusetts DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Win 15–0 Brazil Rogerio Lobo KO 6 (12) 04/11/2005 Illinois Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, United States Won vacant IBF, WBC & WBO Latino Heavyweight titles.
Win 14–0 United States Troy Weida TKO 1 (10) 13/07/2005 Indiana Majestic Star Casino, Gary, Indiana, United States
Win 13–0 United States Shawn Robinson TKO 1 (6) 27/04/2005 Illinois Italian Sports Hall of Fame|, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 12–0 United States Eric French UD 4 15/06/2004 Illinois The Belvedere, Elk Grove Village, Illinois, United States French had a point taken in round 4 for holding.
Win 11–0 Belarus Siarhei Dychkou UD 4 24/03/2003 Illinois Ramada Inn, Rosemont, Illinois, United States
Win 10–0 United States Brian McIntyre KO 1 (4) 15/03/2003 Illinois UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 9–0 United States Jessie Tucker UD 6 27/11/2002 Illinois Ramada Inn, Rosemont, Illinois, United States
Win 8–0 Canada Marcelo Aravena UD 4 17/11/2002 North Dakota Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States
Win 7–0 United States Louis Parker KO 1 (4) 27/09/2002 Illinois Ramada Inn, Rosemont, Illinois, United States
Win 6–0 United States John Clark UD 4 10/08/2002 Washington (state) Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, United States
Win 5–0 United States Donnie Penelton UD 4 21/11/2001 Illinois Ramada Inn, Rosemont, Illinois, United States
Win 4–0 United States Nathan Crawford KO 1 (4) 17/10/2001 Illinois Ramada Inn, Rosemont, Illinois, United States
Win 3–0 United States Calvin Miller KO 1 (4) 16/02/2001 Illinois DePaul Alumni Hall, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 2–0 United States Joe Helton KO 1 (4) 20/08/2000 Illinois Casino Queen, East Saint Louis, Illinois, United States
Win 1–0 United States Terrence Coffin KO 1 (4) 25/06/2000 Illinois Grand Victoria Casino, Elgin, Illinois, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile: Mike Mollo Boxing Insider, October 7, 2006.
  2. ^ McBride Stopped In Chicago Bout BBC Sport: Boxing, October 8, 2006.
  3. ^ Mike Mollo Signs With DKP East Side Boxing, April 20, 2006.
  4. ^ http://www.boxing360.com/fighters/mike_mollo.php Boxing360

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