Glenn McCrory

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Glenn McCrory
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Born (1964-09-23) 23 September 1964 (age 57)
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 competed from 1984 to 1993. He held the IBF cruiserweight title from 1989 to 1990, and at regional level held the British and Commonwealth cruiserweight title between 1987 and 1988. He has worked as a commentator and pundit for Sky Sports since 1989.

Professional boxing career[edit]

Early 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]

Professional record summary
39 fights 30 wins 8 losses
By knockout 12 5
By decision 18 3
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
39 Loss 30–8–1 United States Alfred Cole UD 12 16 Jul 1993 Russia CSKA Moscow, Moscow, Russia For IBF cruiserweight title
38 Win 30–7–1 United States Mark Young UD 10 6 May 1993 United States Riviera Hotel and Casino, Winchester, Nevada, US
37 Win 29–7–1 United States Ric Lainhart TKO 2 (10) 20 Jan 1993 France Avoriaz, France
36 Draw 28–7–1 Algeria Mohamed Bouchiche PTS 8 26 Sep 1992 France Paris, France
35 Loss 28–7 United Kingdom Lennox Lewis KO 2 (12), 1:30 30 Sep 1991 United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall, London, England For British and European heavyweight titles
34 Win 28–6 United States Terry Armstrong KO 2 (10) 16 Feb 1991 United Kingdom Pavilion, Thornaby, England
33 Loss 27–6 United States Jeff Lampkin KO 3 (12), 2:20 22 Mar 1990 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Gateshead, England Lost IBF cruiserweight title
32 Win 27–5 South Africa Siza Makathini KO 11 (12), 1:07 21 Oct 1989 United Kingdom Eston Sports Academy, Middlesbrough, England Retained IBF cruiserweight title
31 Win 26–5 Kenya Patrick Lumumba UD 12 3 Jun 1989 United Kingdom Louisa Centre, Stanley, England Won vacant IBF cruiserweight title
30 Win 25–5 United States Steve Mormino PTS 10 28 Feb 1989 United Kingdom Marton Country Club, Marton, England
29 Win 24–5 United States Lorenzo Boyd KO 2 (10) 15 Nov 1988 United States Metairie Landmark Hotel, Metairie, Louisiana, US
28 Win 23–5 United States Ron Lee Warrior TKO 5 (10), 2:58 1 Nov 1988 United States Central Plaza Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, US
27 Win 22–5 United Kingdom Lou Gent RTD 8 (12), 3:00 22 Apr 1988 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Gateshead, England Retained British and Commonwealth cruiserweight titles
26 Win 21–5 United Kingdom Tee Jay PTS 12 21 Jan 1988 United Kingdom Latchmere Leisure Centre, London, England Retained Commonwealth cruiserweight title;
Won British cruiserweight title
25 Win 20–5 Zambia Chisanda Mutti PTS 12 4 Sep 1987 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Gateshead, England Won Commonwealth cruiserweight title
24 Win 19–5 United Kingdom Andy Straughn TKO 10 (10), 0:44 31 Mar 1987 United Kingdom Civic Sports Centre, Oldham, England
23 Win 18–5 United Kingdom Barry Ellis PTS 8 18 Feb 1987 United Kingdom West Hotel, Fulham, London, England
22 Win 17–5 United Kingdom Danny Lawford PTS 8 5 Feb 1987 United Kingdom Mayfair Suite, Newcastle, England
21 Win 16–5 United Kingdom Calvin Sherman KO 1 (8), 2:42 8 Jan 1987 United Kingdom Marriott Hotel, Houston, Texas, US
20 Win 15–5 United Kingdom Joe Adams PTS 6 25 Nov 1986 United States Louisville, Kentucky, US
19 Loss 14–5 United Kingdom Hughroy Currie KO 2 (10) 7 Oct 1986 United Kingdom Civic Sports Centre, Oldham, England
18 Loss 14–4 United Kingdom Dave Garside TKO 7 (8), 1:17 17 Jun 1986 United Kingdom Winter Gardens, Blackpool, England
17 Loss 14–3 Sweden Anders Eklund UD 8 18 Apr 1986 Denmark Randers Hallen, Randers, Denmark
16 Loss 14–2 United Kingdom Rudi Pika PTS 8 9 Apr 1986 United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall, London, England
15 Win 14–1 United Kingdom Roy Skeldon PTS 8 10 Dec 1985 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Gateshead, England
14 Loss 13–1 United Kingdom John Westgarth KO 4 (10), 0:56 3 Sep 1985 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Gateshead, England
13 Win 13–0 United Kingdom Alfonso Forbes KO 1 (6), 1:10 28 May 1985 United Kingdom Alexandra Pavilion, London, England
12 Win 12–0 United Kingdom George Carmen PTS 8 27 Mar 1985 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Gateshead, England
11 Win 11–0 Canada Alex Williamson PTS 8 20 Feb 1985 United Kingdom Alexandra Palace, London, England
10 Win 10–0 United States Nate Robinson TKO 2 (6) 19 Jan 1985 United Kingdom National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, England
9 Win 9–0 United States Mike Perkins PTS 8 24 Nov 1984 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Gateshead, England
8 Win 8–0 United States Tony Velasco PTS 8 27 Oct 1984 United Kingdom Stormont Maine Club, Gateshead, England
7 Win 7–0 United Kingdom Andrew Gerrard PTS 8 6 Sep 1984 United Kingdom Federation Brewery, Gateshead, England
6 Win 6–0 United Kingdom Andrew Gerrard PTS 6 13 Jun 1984 United Kingdom Afan Lido, Port Talbot, England
5 Win 5–0 United Kingdom Frank Robinson TKO 4 (6) 9 May 1984 United Kingdom Marriott Hotel, Mayfair, London, England
4 Win 4–0 United Kingdom Frank Robinson PTS 6 30 Apr 1984 United Kingdom Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London, England
3 Win 3–0 United Kingdom Steve Abadom PTS 6 21 Mar 1984 United Kingdom Marriott Hotel, Mayfair, London, England
2 Win 2–0 United Kingdom Denroy Bryan PTS 6 22 Feb 1984 United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, England
1 Win 1–0 United Kingdom Barry Ellis TKO 1 (6) 6 Feb 1984 United Kingdom Marriott Hotel, Mayfair, London, England


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

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Preceded by IBF Cruiserweight Champion
3 June 1989 – 22 Mar 1990
Succeeded by
Preceded by Commonwealth Cruiserweight Champion
4 September 1987 – 19 April 1989 (Vacated)
Succeeded by
Apollo Sweet
filled vacancy