Jameel McCline

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Jameel McCline
Jameel McCline vs. Samuel Peter.jpg
McCline (left) vs. Samuel Peter, 2007
Nickname(s)Big Time
Height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Reach82 in (208 cm)
Born (1970-05-20) May 20, 1970 (age 49)
New York City, New York
Boxing record[1]
Total fights57
Wins by KO24

Jameel McCline (born May 20, 1970) is an American former professional boxer. He challenged for the world heavyweight title on an unprecedented four occasions, losing all four attempts to Wladimir Klitschko, Chris Byrd, Nikolai Valuev and Samuel Peter. Despite never winning a world title, McCline did defeat former champions and top contenders in Michael Grant, Lance Whitaker, Al Cole, and Shannon Briggs. McCline retired in 2012 at the age of 42.

Championship titles held[edit]

  • WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Champion (2001)
  • WBO-NABO Heavyweight Champion (2006)

Life before boxing[edit]

McCline grew up in Harlem, New York City, living in group homes, foster homes, and orphanages where he learned to live independently. Graduating from Comsewogue High School in Port Jefferson Station, New York

McCline spent five years in prison for gun running prior to becoming a professional fighter.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Starting at the late age of 25 years and having no amateur experience, McCline took straight to the pro ranks taken part in four world Heavyweight title clashes with Chris Byrd, Wladimir Klitschko, Nikolai Valuev and Samuel Peter, losing all four times. Uniquely, each of these title bouts was for a different version of the world title. He has captured several wins against notable fighters, including Alfred Cole, Michael Grant, Lance Whitaker, Shannon Briggs, Charles Shufford, Cedric Boswell, and Terry Smith but has been unable to replicate these performances in title fight situations, although the loss to Chris Byrd was by only one point in a very controversial split decision. Also losing a championship fight in which he had the champion (Sam Peter) down three times during the fight. In addition to the aforementioned title fight losses, he has lost to Greg Pickrom, Calvin Brock and was upset by the underdog Zuri Lawrence in 2005. After which, he went on a six fight win streak that led him back to a World Title fight yet another two times.

On January 20, 2007 McCline challenged WBA heavyweight title holder Nikolai Valuev, in what was the first ever heavyweight title fight on Swiss soil. The fight was also reportedly the "biggest" championship fight in history, with the two fighters having a combined weight of approximately 600 pounds (270 kilograms) on fight night. Valuev was declared the winner by TKO when McCline suffered a patellar tendon rupture of his left knee at the end of the third round while throwing a punch and was unable to continue. At the time of the stoppage McCline was behind on only 1 of the judges scorecards.

Jimmy Lennon, Jr. making the fighter introductions before the Samuel Peter fight at the Madison Square Garden in October 2007.

McCline was most recently set to face Vitali Klitschko, in the latter's first fight back since retiring from the ring in 2005, but due to an injury Klitschko was forced to pull out, and instead McCline fought Samuel Peter on 6 October 2007 for Peter's WBC Interim title. Despite managing to put Peter on the canvas 3 times in the early rounds of the fight (the first knockdowns of Peter's career) McCline would go on to lose to a controversial unanimous decision on the judges scorecards.

On March 8, 2008 McCline faced former two-time WBA heavyweight title holder John Ruiz in Mexico. McCline lost a unanimous decision in a 12-round scheduled bout.

In McCline's most recent bout he defeated Mike Mollo by unanimous decision on November 7, 2008.

He fought Chris Arreola on April 11, 2009 on the undercard of the Paul Williams vs. Winky Wright bout but lost the fight by 4th-round knockout.

He made a comeback on December 3, 2011, where he defeated Dennis McKinney by TKO in the 4th round. The venue for the fight was Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
57 fights 41 wins 13 losses
By knockout 24 5
By decision 17 8
Draws 3
Result Record Opponent Type Rounds Date Location Notes
Loss 41-13-3 Russia Magomed Abdusalamov TKO 2 (10) 08/09/2012 Russia Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, Russia For vacant WBC United States (USNBC) heavyweight title. Abdusalamov down in round 1.
Loss 41-12-3 Poland Artur Szpilka UD 10 30/06/2012 Poland Atlas Arena, Łódź, Poland
Win 41-11-3 Colombia Livin Castillo SD 8 31/03/2012 United States Hamilton Manor, Hamilton Township, New Jersey
Loss 40-11-3 United States Harold Sconiers MD 8 04/02/2012 United States Guilford Convention Center, Greensboro, North Carolina
Win 40-10-3 United States Dennis McKinney TKO 4 (10) 03/12/2011 United States Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina
Loss 39-10-3 United States Chris Arreola KO 4 (12) 11/04/2009 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas For NABF & WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight titles. McCline knocked out by an overhand right to the jaw. He attempted to rise from the canvas, but was unable to beat the count.
Win 39-9-3 United States Mike Mollo UD 12 07/11/2008 China Sichuan Gymnasium, Chengdu, China WBC Heavyweight title eliminator.
Loss 38-9-3 United States John Ruiz UD 12 08/03/2008 Mexico Plaza de Toros, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico WBC Heavyweight title eliminator.
Loss 38-8-3 Nigeria Samuel Peter UD 12 06/10/2007 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City For interim WBC Heavyweight title. Peter was down once in the 2nd round, and twice in the 3rd round.
Loss 38-7-3 Russia Nikolai Valuev RTD 3 (12) 20/01/2007 Switzerland St. Jakob Halle, Basel, Switzerland For WBA World Heavyweight title. McCline suffered a knee injury and couldn't continue to fight.
Win 38-6-3 United States Terry Smith UD 10 21/07/2006 United States Million Dollar Elm Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma Won vacant WBO NABO Heavyweight title. McCline would relinquish the NABO title to pursue a WBA world title fight against Valuev in January 2007.
Win 37-6-3 United States Marcus Rhode KO 2 (10) 02/06/2006 United States Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida
Win 36-6-3 United States Rob Calloway UD 10 26/04/2006 United States Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma
Win 35-6-3 United States Marcus McGee UD 10 24/03/2006 United States Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida
Win 34-6-3 United States Dan Ward KO 1 (10) 27/01/2006 United States Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida
Win 33-6-3 United States Andy Sample KO 1 (10) 26/11/2005 United States Convention Center, Fort Smith, Arkansas
Loss 32-6-3 United States Zuri Lawrence UD 10 21/10/2005 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida
Win 32-5-3 United States Steve Pannell KO 3 (10) 26/08/2005 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida
Loss 31-5-3 United States Calvin Brock UD 10 23/04/2005 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas Brock cut over left eye in round 1 and down in round 7.
Loss 31-4-3 United States Chris Byrd SD 12 13/11/2004 United States Madison Square Garden, New York For IBF Heavyweight title. Byrd was down in the 2nd round.
Win 31-3-3 United Kingdom Wayne Llewellyn TKO 1 (10) 15/04/2004 United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York
Win 30-3-3 United States Cedric Boswell TKO 10 (10) 03/10/2003 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas
Win 29-3-3 United States Charles Shufford TKO 3 (10) 09/05/2003 United States Bally's Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 28-3-3 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko RTD 10 (12) 07/12/2002 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas For WBO Heavyweight title. McCline down in 10th. McCline's corner stops the bout after 10th.
Win 28-2-3 United States Shannon Briggs UD 10 27/04/2002 United States Madison Square Garden, New York Briggs down in round 6.
Win 27-2-3 United States Lance Whitaker UD 12 01/12/2001 United States Jacob Javits Center, New York Won WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title.
Win 26-2-3 United States Michael Grant TKO 1 (10) 21/07/2001 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas Grant down from first punch of the fight. Referee stops the fight after Grant says his ankle might be broken.
Win 25-2-3 United States Alfred Cole UD 10 25/05/2001 United States Norfolk, Virginia Cole down in round 8.
Win 24-2-3 Nigeria King Ipitan TKO 1 (10) 24/01/2001 United States Las Vegas
Win 23-2-3 The Bahamas Reynaldo Minus UD 8 14/09/2000 United States New York
Win 22-2-3 United States Sedreck Fields UD 10 27/07/2000 United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York
Draw 21-2-3 The Bahamas Sherman Williams PTS 10 29/06/2000 United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York
Win 21-2-2 United States Eddie Richardson UD 8 31/03/2000 United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York
Draw 20-2-2 United States Ron Guerrero PTS 8 27/01/2000 United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York
Win 20-2-1 United States Jimmy Haynes TKO 3 (10) 14/09/1999 United States Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, New York
Win 19-2-1 United States Harry Daniels PTS 6 24/06/1999 United States Atlanta
Win 18-2-1 United States Garing Lane PTS 8 27/03/1999 United States Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida
Win 17-2-1 United States Bryant Smith SD 8 04/12/1998 United States Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina
Win 16-2-1 United States Mike Dixon TKO 1 (?) 04/12/1998 United States Virginia Beach, Virginia
Win 15-2-1 United States Guy Sonnenberg TKO 5 (?) 24/09/1998 United States Atlanta
Win 14-2-1 United States Kimmuel Odum KO 4 (?) 27/08/1998 United States Atlanta
Win 13-2-1 United States Shane Hykes KO 2 (?) 30/07/1998 United States Atlanta
Win 12-2-1 United States Carlton Davis KO 1 (?) 25/06/1998 United States Atlanta
Win 11-2-1 United States Floyd Womack TKO 2 (6) 04/04/1998 United States Sons Of Italy, Lake Worth, Florida
Win 10-2-1 United States Robert Colay TKO 5 (6) 21/03/1998 United States National Guard Armory, Charlotte, North Carolina
Win 9-2-1 United States Marcus Harden UD 4 25/02/1998 United States The Ritz, Raleigh, North Carolina
Win 8-2-1 United States Frankie Hines KO 1 (?) 29/01/1998 United States Richmond, Virginia
Win 7-2-1 Jamaica Rowyan Wallace KO 2 (?) 01/11/1997 United States Apollo Theater, New York
Win 6-2-1 United States Charles Cue PTS 6 27/09/1997 United States Shepherd's Gym, West Palm Beach, Florida
Win 5-2-1 United States Curt Paige PTS 4 15/07/1997 United States Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, New York
Win 4-2-1 United States Mark Whittaker TKO 3 (4) 05/05/1997 United States Harrah's Marina Hotel Casin, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 3-2-1 United States Charlie Brazell KO 1 (?) 21/08/1996 United States The Ritz, Raleigh, North Carolina
Loss 2-2-1 United States Greg Pickrom UD 8 12/04/1996 United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania
Draw 2-1-1 United States Albert Williams PTS 4 15/03/1996 United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 2–1 United States Dwayne Evans KO 1 (4) 09/02/1996 United States Tropworld Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 1–1 United States Gary Bell KO 1 (?) 18/11/1995 United States Tropworld Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 1–0 United States Brian Nix TKO 1 (?) 10/10/1995 United States Rochester, New York Cut lip stoppage.


  1. ^ "Boxing record for Jameel McCline". BoxRec.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2010-03-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Big Time Beckons

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