Craig McEwan (boxer)
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|Real name||Craig MacIntosh McEwan|
13 April 1982 |
|Wins by KO||10|
Craig McEwan (born 13 April 1982) is a Scottish boxer raised in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh, Scotland. He began attending boxing classes at Clovenstone Amateur Boxing Club, aged seven, coached by his father Rab. McEwan turned professional in 2006 and is currently fighting at middleweight. He holds a career record of 21 wins, with 10 by way of knockout and four losses.
McEwan had his first competitive bout at age eleven. During his teenage years, McEwan developed into one of Scotland's top amateur boxers. In his thirteen years as an amateur boxer, he fought three hundred and seventy-six matches, won ten gold medals in international tournaments, and regularly captained the Scottish International Team. On several occasions, he was crowned Scottish champion at both junior and senior level, as well as being European Junior Champion and Senior British & Irish Four Nations Champion. He has twice represented Scotland in the Commonwealth Games, winning a bronze medal in 2002. In 2005, McEwan broke Scotland's amateur boxing record by winning three gold medals at the international level.
McEwan is a highly touted prospect and his talent and skills were enough to be signed by promoter Oscar De La Hoya as Golden Boy Promotions' first Scottish fighter. McEwan previously fought out of The Wild Card gym in Hollywood, where he was trained by world-renowned trainer Freddie Roach.
In a fight on 12 March 2011 against Irish boxer Andy Lee, billed "The Celtic War", McEwan, after an almost perfect boxing performance, was convincingly knocked out in the 10th round by a left hook. Two of the fight's judges had the match scored even while one had McEwan with a slight edge.
On 5 November 2011, McEwan was knocked out by Peter Quillin in the sixth round of their fight in Cancún, Mexico. McEwan protested the decision, claiming referee Manolo Alcocer stopped the fight too early.
In early 2012, his contract was not renewed by Golden Boy and he returned to the UK.
On 3 November 2012, McEwan suffered the third loss of his professional career when he lost a split decision in the quarter final of a prizefighter tournament to a decorated Nigerian amateur boxing champion who went by the name of Larry Ekundayo (5–0). Ekundayo went on to win the tournament.
In April 2013, he signed a four-fight deal with New York-based promoter, Lou DiBella.
In December 2013, he lost a Unanimous Decision to American Dashon Johnson in New York. McEwan cited lack of support from his promoter & proper preparation following an extended absence from the ring, even struggling to organise sparring partners prior to the fight.
Professional boxing record
|21 Wins (10 knockouts), 3 Losses|
|Loss||21–4||Dashon Johnson||UD||6 (6)||7 December 2013||New York|
|Loss||21–3||Larry Ekundayo||SD||3 (3)||3 November 2012||York Hall, London, England|
|Win||21–2||Jay Morris||UD||6 (6)||1 September 2012||Ice Arena, Dundee, Scotland|
|Win||20–2||Paul Morby||UD||8 (8)||14 April 2012||Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Loss||19–2||Peter Quillin||TKO||6 (10)||5 November 2011||Centro de Cancún, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico|
|Loss||19–1||Andy Lee||TKO||10 (10) 0:56||12 March 2011||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut||Undercard of Sergio Martinez vs. Sergiy Dzinziruk televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark|
|Win||19–0||Danny Perez||MD||10 (10)||23 July 2010||Pechanga Resort and Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA|
|Win||18–0||Kris Andrews||TKO||8 (8) 2:11||3 April 2010||Mandalay Bay Resort, Temecula, California, USA|
|Win||17–0||James Parison||UD||8 (8)||28 November 2009||Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Canada|
|Win||16–0||Darnell Boone||SD||8 (8)||27 June 2009||Staples Center, Los Angeles, USA|
|Win||15–0||Brian Vera||UD||10 (10)||8 May 2009||Sundance Square, Fort Worth, Texas, USA|
|Win||14–0||Alexis Division||KO||1 (8) 1:49||11 April 2009||Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas, USA|
|Win||13–0||Ivan Stovall||TKO||7 (8) 2:38||19 February 2009||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California United States|
|Win||12–0||Hilario Lopez||UD||8 (8)||27 September 2008||Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA|
|Win||11–0||Juan Sanchez||TKO||3 (8) 1:35||4 April 2008||Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, USA|
|Win||10–0||Erik Rafael Esquivel||UD||8 (8)||22 February 2008||Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, USA|
|Win||9–0||Alfredo Contreras||UD||8 (8)||7 December 2007||MGM Grand Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
|Win||8–0||Anthony Cannon||UD||6 (6)||2 November 2007||Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, USA|
|Win||7–0||Nick Collins||TKO||5 (6) 1:34||7 September 2007||Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona, USA|
|Win||6–0||Valentino Jalomo||TKO||4 (6) 1:07||27 July 2007||Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona, USA|
|Win||5–0||Julio Perez||TKO||3 (4) 2:08||6 July 2007||McAllen Convention Center, McAllen, Texas, USA|
|Win||4–0||Isirdo Arreola||TKO||4 (4) 0:44||10 February 2007||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, USA|
|Win||3–0||Valentino Jalomo||UD||4 (4) :||8 December 2006||Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona, USA|
|Win||2–0||Tomas Padron||TKO||4 (4) 2:21||6 October 2006||Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona, USA|
|Win||1–0||George Montalvo||TKO||1 (4) 2:16||16 September 2006||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, USA|
- "Andy Lee stuns McEwan with KO". RTÉ News. 13 March 2011. Retrieved 24 August 2011.
- Mayo, David (5 November 2011). "Peter Quillin improves to 26–0, moves closer to middleweight title shot with TKO victory". The Grand Rapids Press. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
- Woods, Michael (6 November 2011). "5 things we learned from Kirkland-Angulo". ESPN. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
- "No more California Dreamin' for Craig McEwan". The Scotsman. Retrieved 12 December 2013.