Gerald McClellan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Gerald McClellan
Real name Gerald McClellan
Nickname(s) The G-Man
Rated at Middleweight
Super middleweight
Nationality American
Born (1967-10-23) October 23, 1967 (age 48)
Freeport, Illinois, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 34
Wins 31
Wins by KO 29
Losses 3

Gerald McClellan (born October 23, 1967) is an American former professional boxer who held the WBC and WBO middleweight titles. Known for his punching power, The Ring magazine rated McClellan #27 on their list of "100 Greatest Punchers".[1]

McClellan was forced to retire from boxing after a severe brain injury suffered during his final fight in 1995, a loss to WBC super middleweight champion Nigel Benn.

Professional career[edit]


McClellan turned professional in 1988. Trained by hall of fame trainer Emanuel Steward, he captured the vacant WBO middleweight title by knocking out John Mugabi in one round in 1991, and the WBC middleweight title by knocking out Julian Jackson in five rounds in May 1993. He defended the WBC title three times, all first round stoppages, including a rematch with Jackson.

Benn vs McClellan[edit]

McClellan moved up in weight to challenge WBC super middleweight champion Nigel Benn in London on February 25, 1995. The fight was watched by an estimated 17 million people on television and 10,300 paying spectators.[2]

In a savage bout, McClellan knocked Benn out of the ring in round one and scored another knockdown in round eight, but each time Benn was able to work his way back into the fight and kept landing hard power punches to the challenger. Referee Alfred Azaro was also roundly criticized for his officiating mistakes, which included impeding the challenger's progress when McClellan was trying to finish off the champion. McClellan was noticeably blinking repeatedly early in round ten, during which, after receiving a single hard blow from Benn, he voluntarily went down, taking a knee.[3] McClellan took the mandatory eight count and the fight was resumed, but he did not throw another punch and moments later he dropped to his knee for a second time and allowed Alzaro to count him out. The fight over, McClellan immediately stood and walked to his corner under his own power. He sat on the canvas leaning against the ring apron, but while being attended to by ring physicians he slumped onto his back and lost consciousness. McClellan was strapped to a stretcher and rushed to the hospital.


McClellan had emergency surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain. He spent eleven days in a coma and he was found to have suffered extensive brain damage. He lost his eyesight, the ability to walk unassisted and was reported as being 80 percent deaf. Sports Illustrated ran an article about the fight and its outcome one week after the fight. McClellan's family flew to be by his side, and later he was flown back to his home country. He has recently recovered some ability to walk, being helped by a cane, but he has not recovered his eyesight. In addition to being blind, his short-term memory was also profoundly affected. His three sisters, particularly Lisa McClellan, are responsible for his care. In a 2011 documentary broadcast by ITV (who originally screened the fight live in the UK), Lisa stated that Gerald is in fact not deaf, but that he has trouble with comprehension when spoken to.


McClellan has been the honoree at numerous banquets and award ceremonies, and fellow boxing world champion Roy Jones Jr., often pointed out as a rival middleweight champion during 1993-94 (indeed, McClellan actually beat Jones as an amateur), set up a foundation to help McClellan.[citation needed]

Nigel Benn himself has also helped to raise funds for McClellan's treatment, and the two men would meet again for the first time since their bout at a fundraiser held in London on February 24, 2007. Several items were auctioned off at the event and a total of £200,000 was raised.[4] In December 2011, McClellan's family announced they were putting McClellan's world title belts up for auction to pay for his continuing round-the-clock care, adapt his house for his changing medical needs and avoid having to place him in a nursing home. Told by his sister Lisa about what she needed to do to maintain his quality of life and keep him at home, McClellan, who remains 80% deaf, was surprisingly able to hear and understand his sister and gave his approval. Gerald told his sister, "Sister, just do what you've gotta do."[5]

In May 2012, the World Boxing Council publicly appealed for donations to a trust fund set up in McClellan's name in order to help his sisters maintain his 24-hour care.[6] In July 2012, McClellan took a turn for the worse, and underwent surgery to remove his colon.[7] Former world light middleweight champion Terry Norris, whose Final Fight Foundation acts to protect boxers, made an appeal for the Gerald McClellan Trust, noting, "McClellan's organs are starting to shut down because of his brain injury."[8] Ring 10, a nonprofit organization that helps impoverished former fighters, provides McClellan with a monthly food credit and raises funds to assist in payment of other necessities.[9]

Dog fighting controversy[edit]

According to an article in The Observer, McClellan participated in dog fighting.[10][11] McClellan's trainer and family admitted that McClellan was involved with fighting pitbulls, and on one occasion had used tape to bind the jaws of a Labrador shut before allowing his pet pitbull "Deuce" to kill it.[12]

Professional boxing record[edit]

31 wins (29 KOs), 3 losses (1 KO)[13]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round,
Date Location Notes
Loss 31–3 United Kingdom Nigel Benn KO 10 (12),
1995–02–25 United Kingdom New London Arena,
London, Greater London
For WBC super middleweight title.
Win 31–2 United States Virgin Islands Julian Jackson KO 1 (12),
1994–05–07 United States MGM Grand Las Vegas,
Paradise, Nevada
Retained WBC middleweight title.
Win 30–2 United States Gilbert Baptist TKO 1 (12),
1994–03–04 United States MGM Grand Las Vegas,
Paradise, Nevada
Retained WBC middleweight title.
Win 29–2 United States Jay Bell KO 1 (12),
1993–08–06 Puerto Rico Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez,
Retained WBC middleweight title.
Win 28–2 United States Virgin Islands Julian Jackson TKO 5 (12),
1993–05–08 United States Thomas & Mack Center,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Won WBC middleweight title.
Win 27–2 United States Tyrone Moore TKO 2 (10),
1993–02–20 Mexico Estadio Azteca,
Mexico City
Win 26–2 United States Steve Harvey TKO 1 (8),
1992–11–07 United States Caesars Tahoe,
Stateline, Nevada
Win 25–2 United States Carl Sullivan TKO 1 (10),
1992–05–15 United States Trump Taj Mahal,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 24–2 United States Lester Yarbrough TKO 1 (10),
1992–02–24 United States The Palace of Auburn Hills,
Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win 23–2 Uganda John Mugabi TKO 1 (12),
1991–11–20 United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall,
London, Greater London
Won vacant WBO middleweight title.
Win 22–2 United States Sammy Brooks TKO 1 (8),
1991–08–13 United States The Palace of Auburn Hills,
Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win 21–2 United States Ivory Teague TKO 3 (10),
1991–07–27 United States Norfolk Scope,
Norfolk, Virginia
Win 20–2 United States Ken Hulsey KO 1 (10),
1991–03–01 United States Pioneer Hall,
Duluth, Minnesota
Win 19–2 United States Danny Mitchell KO 1 (10),
1990–12–15 United States Civic Arena,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Win 18–2 Brazil José Carlos da Silva TKO 3 (8),
1990–11–14 United States Phoenix, Arizona
Win 17–2 United States Charles Hollis PTS 8 1990–09–14 United States Beloit, Wisconsin
Win 16–2 United States Sanderline Williams PTS 8 1990–08–21 United States The Palace of Auburn Hills,
Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win 15–2 United States James Fernandez TKO 2 (8),
1990–06–12 United States Metairie, Louisiana
Win 14–2 Colombia Brinatty Maquilon TKO 3 (8),
1990–04–26 United States Resorts International Casino,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 13–2 United States Ron Martin TKO 1 (8),
1990–03–10 United States Bristol, Tennessee
Win 12–2 United States James Williamson KO 1 (8),
1990–01–20 United States The Palace of Auburn Hills,
Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win 11–2 United States Rick Caldwell KO 1 (8),
1989–12–14 United States Saginaw Civic Center,
Saginaw, Michigan
Loss 10–2 United States Ralph Ward UD 8 1989–09–21 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 10–1 United States Dennis Milton PTS 6 1989–06–24 United States Atlantic City Convention Center,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 10–0 United States Terrence Wright TKO 1 (8),
1989–04–14 United States Milwaukee Auditorium,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Win 9–0 United States Tyrone McKnight TKO 2 (8),
1989–02–19 United States Monessen High Gym,
Monessen, Pennsylvania
Win 8–0 United States Anthony Jackson KO 1 (6),
1989–02–10 United States Cedar Creek Ice & Expo Center,
Wausau, Wisconsin
Win 7–0 United States Joe Goodman KO 2 (6),
1989–02–04 United States Biloxi, Mississippi
Win 6–0 United States Jerome Kelly TKO 1 (6),
1988–12–03 United States Brook Park, Ohio
Win 5–0 United States John Gordon TKO 2 (6),
1988–11–25 United States The Palace of Auburn Hills,
Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win 4–0 United States Roberto Abondo TKO 1 (4),
1988–11–22 United States Bally's Las Vegas,
Paradise, Nevada
Win 3–0 United States Danny Lowry TKO 1 (6),
1988–11–03 United States Showboat Hotel and Casino,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 2–0 United States Bill Davis TKO 1 (4),
1988–09–15 United States La Fontaine Bleue,
Glen Burnie, Maryland
Win 1–0 United States Roy Hundley KO 1 (4),
1988–08–12 United States Eagles Club,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Professional debut.


External links[edit]

Preceded by
Chris Eubank
WBO Middleweight Champion
November 20, 1991– 1992
Succeeded by
Vacancy filled by
Chris Pyatt
Preceded by
Julian Jackson
WBC Middleweight Champion
May 8, 1993– May 7, 1994
Succeeded by
Vacancy filled by
Julian Jackson