Glenn McCrory

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Glenn McCrory
Real nameGlenn McCrory
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Born (1964-09-23) 23 September 1964 (age 56)
Annfield Plain, County Durham, England
Boxing record
Total fights39
Wins by KO12

Glenn McCrory (born 23 September 1964)[1] is a British former professional boxer who held the IBF version of the cruiserweight world championship. He has worked as a Sky commentator and pundit since 1989.

Early professional career[edit]

McCrory was born in Annfield Plain in County Durham. He made his professional debut in February 1984, scoring a 1st round knock out against Barry Ellis. Over the next 15 months he fought a further 12 times, winning on each occasion before suffering his first defeat against John Westgarth in September 1985. The defeat was to be the first in a series of losses for McCrory as he went on to lose a further four fights out of his next five. In November 1986 this run came to an end when a visit to Louisville, Kentucky saw him get back to winning ways against the inexperienced Joe Adams.[2]

British and Commonwealth champion[edit]

The Adams win provided the springboard for a run of form which would take him first to the Commonwealth cruiserweight title and then to the British. Four straight victories set him up for a shot at Zambian Chisanda Mutti, the reigning Commonwealth champion, in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear on 4 September 1987. The fight went the distance with McCrory picking up a points win. In January 1988 he defended his title for the first time and picked up the British belt with a win over Tee Jay in Wandsworth. A further defence of both titles occurred in April 1988 when he returned to Gateshead to defeat challenger Lou Gent.

World Champion[edit]

Three more wins over journeymen opponents followed the Gent victory before, in June 1989, McCrory challenged Patrick Lumumba for the vacant IBF cruiserweight title, winning the belt via a unanimous points decision. He made one defence of the belt against Siza Makathini in October 1989 before losing it to American Jeff Lampkin in March 1990.

Further challenges[edit]

Following the Lampkin defeat, McCrory moved up to heavyweight and in September 1991 lost in a challenge to future world champion Lennox Lewis, failing in his bid to win Lewis's British and European titles. Two victories and a draw against journeymen followed the Lewis defeat before a trip to Moscow in July 1993 resulted in an unsuccessful attempt to win back his IBF belt, losing over 12 rounds to reigning champion Alfred Cole. The fight was to prove his last as a professional as McCrory retired from the sport with a record of won 30, lost 8, drawn 1.

Post-boxing career[edit]

Since retirement, McCrory has become a television commentator and occasional actor, employed by Sky Television as the long time sidekick of Ian Darke. He has also made occasional appearances as an actor on television and on stage.

McCrory gained a professional trainers license and opened a gym in the Newbiggin area. Wider ambitions for the gym included McCrory's wish for it to be used as a possible training camp for the Team GB boxers before the 2012 Summer Olympics.[3]

Professional boxing record[edit]

30 Wins (12 knockouts, 18 decisions), 8 Losses (5 knockouts, 3 decisions), 1 Draw [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 30–8–1 United States Alfred Cole UD 12 16 July 1993 CSKA Moscow, Moscow, Russia For IBF cruiserweight title
Win 30–7–1 United States Mark "The Storm" Young UD 10 6 May 1993 Riviera Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 29–7–1 United States Ric "The Bomber" Lainhart TKO 2 20 January 1993 Avoriaz, France
Draw 28–7–1 Algeria Mohamed Bouchiche PTS 8 26 September 1992 Paris, France
Loss 28–7 United Kingdom Lennox Lewis KO 2 30 September 1991 Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom BBBofC British/EBU Heavyweight Title. McCrory knocked out at 1:30 of the second round.
Win 28–6 United States Terry "Strong Arm" Armstrong KO 2 16 February 1991 Pavilion, Thornaby, United Kingdom
Loss 27–6 United States Jeff Lampkin KO 3 22 March 1990 Leisure centre, Gateshead, United Kingdom Lost IBF cruiserweight title
Win 27–5 South Africa Siza Makathini KO 11 21 October 1989 Eston Sports Academy, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom Retained IBF cruiserweight title
Win 26–5 Kenya Patrick Lumumba UD 12 3 June 1989 Louisa Centre, Stanley, County Durham, United Kingdom Won vacant IBF cruiserweight title
Win 25–5 United States Steve Mormino PTS 10 28 February 1989 Marton Country Club, Marton, United Kingdom
Win 24–5 United States Lorenzo Boyd KO 2 15 November 1988 Metairie Landmark Hotel, Metairie, Louisiana, United States
Win 23–5 United States Ron Lee Warrior TKO 5 1 November 1988 Central Plaza Hotel, Oklahoma City, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:58 of the fifth round.
Win 22–5 United Kingdom Lou Gent TKO 8 22 April 1988 Leisure centre, Gateshead, United Kingdom BBBofC British/Commonwealth Cruiserweight Title.
Win 21–5 United Kingdom Tee Jay PTS 12 21 January 1988 Latchmere Leisure Centre, Wandsworth, England, United Kingdom BBBofC British/Commonwealth Cruiserweight Title.
Win 20–5 Zambia Chisanda Mutti PTS 12 4 September 1987 Leisure centre, Gateshead, United Kingdom Commonwealth Cruiserweight Title.
Win 19–5 United Kingdom Andy Straughn TKO 10 31 March 1987 Civic Sports Centre, Oldham, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom BBBofC British Cruiserweight Title Eliminator. Referee stopped the bout at 0:44 of the tenth round.
Win 18–5 United Kingdom Barry Ellis PTS 8 18 February 1987 West Hotel, Fulham, Fulham, England, United Kingdom 79–77.5.
Win 17–5 United Kingdom Danny Lawford PTS 8 5 February 1987 Mayfair Suite, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Win 16–5 United Kingdom Calvin Sherman KO 1 8 January 1987 Marriott Hotel, Houston, Texas, United States Sherman knocked out at 2:42 of the first round.
Win 15–5 United Kingdom Joe "Sam" Adams PTS 6 25 November 1986 Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Loss 14–5 United Kingdom Hughroy Currie KO 2 7 October 1986 Civic Sports Centre, Oldham, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Loss 14–4 United Kingdom Dave Garside TKO 7 17 June 1986 Winter Gardens, Blackpool, Blackpool, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 1:17 of the seventh round.
Loss 14–3 Sweden Anders Eklund UD 8 18 April 1986 Randers Hallen, Randers, Denmark 75–79, 75–79, 74–79.
Loss 14–2 United Kingdom Rudi Pika PTS 8 9 April 1986 Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 14–1 United Kingdom Roy Skeldon PTS 8 10 December 1985 Leisure centre, Gateshead, United Kingdom 79–78.
Loss 13–1 United Kingdom John Westgarth KO 4 3 September 1985 Leisure centre, Gateshead, United Kingdom McCrory knocked out at 0:56 of the fourth round.
Win 13–0 United Kingdom Alfonso Forbes KO 1 28 May 1985 Alexandra Pavilion, Muswell Hill, England, United Kingdom Forbes knocked out at 1:10 of the first round.
Win 12–0 United Kingdom George Carmen PTS 8 27 March 1985 Leisure centre, Gateshead, United Kingdom 80–78.
Win 11–0 Canada Alex Williamson PTS 8 20 February 1985 Alexandra Palace, Wood Green, England, United Kingdom 79–78.
Win 10–0 United States Nate "Dog" Robinson TKO 2 19 January 1985 National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Win 9–0 United States "Smokin" Mike Perkins PTS 8 24 November 1984 Leisure centre, Gateshead, United Kingdom 80–77.
Win 8–0 United States Tony Velasco PTS 8 27 October 1984 Stormont Maine Club, Gateshead, United Kingdom 80–77.
Win 7–0 United Kingdom Andrew Gerrard PTS 8 6 September 1984 Federation Brewery, Gateshead, United Kingdom
Win 6–0 United Kingdom Andrew Gerrard PTS 6 13 June 1984 Afan Lido, Port Talbot, United Kingdom
Win 5–0 United Kingdom Frank "MVP" Robinson TKO 4 9 May 1984 Marriott Hotel, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Win 4–0 United Kingdom Frank "MVP" Robinson PTS 6 30 April 1984 Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Win 3–0 United Kingdom Steve Abadom PTS 6 21 March 1984 Marriott Hotel, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Win 2–0 United Kingdom Denroy Bryan PTS 8 22 February 1984 Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 1–0 United Kingdom Barry Ellis KO 1 6 February 1984 Marriott Hotel, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Preceded by
Evander Holyfield
IBF Cruiserweight Champion
3 June 1989 – 22 Mar 1990
Succeeded by
Jeff Lampkin
Preceded by
Chisanda Mutti
Commonwealth Cruiserweight Champion
4 September 1987 – 19 April 1989 (Vacated)
Succeeded by
Apollo Sweet
filled vacancy


  1. ^ "BoxRec: Glenn McCrory".
  2. ^ Boxrec | Glenn McCrory professional record
  3. ^ "Glenn McCrory : Cubans are sensational". Chronicle Live.

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