Robert McCracken

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This article is about the boxer. For the Representative, see Robert M. McCracken.

Robert McCracken MBE (born May 31, 1968[1]) is a former British middleweight boxer and world title challenger from Birmingham, England. McCracken worked as a wood machinist at Hoskins Cabinet Works, Bordesley, Birmingham before turning to boxing. He was affectionately known as "Boxing Bob". McCracken turned pro in 1991 in the Light-Middleweight division. In February 1994 he won the British title by outpointing Andy Till, and defended it twice outpointing Steve "The Viking" Foster and Paul Wesley.

In November 1995 he officially moved into the Middleweight division, winning the vacant Commonwealth title by outpointing Canadian southpaw Fitzgerald Bruney. He would successfully retain the title twice by beating Paul Busby and Bruney again in a rematch, before relocating to the United States in 1997 and progressing up the world rankings.

In February 1998 he achieved a notable victory outpointing Lonnie Beasley, and over the course of four fights elevated himself to #1 contender status in the WBC rankings.

World title fight[edit]

In April 2000 McCracken challenged American southpaw Keith Holmes for the WBC World Middleweight title. The fight was the main event of the UK show that preceded Lennox Lewis's high profile fight with Michael Grant in New York the same night.

To preserve his ranking McCracken had been inactive for a year and his ring rust showed, as he fell behind early and stayed there. The referee stopped the fight in the 11th round.

McCracken was inactive for another year training other boxers, before returning in April 2001 to fight highly regarded Howard Eastman, who now held the British and Commonwealth titles and a 31-0 record. The vacant European title was also on the line, however McCracken's long layoffs once again hurt him, after a close, tough fight McCracken wilted in the 10th round to Eastman's power punching.

McCracken's record is 33-2 (19 knockouts)

Retirement[edit]

McCracken was head coach of the British boxing team at the 2012 Olympics.[2][3]

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to boxing and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=008927&cat=boxer
  2. ^ Ben Dirs (12 August 2012). "Chief Rob McCracken key to Team GB's Olympic boxing medal haul". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Ben Dirs (13 October 2013). "Rob McCracken: Meet British boxing's Dave Brailsford". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60367. p. 25. 29 December 2012.