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|Real name||Michael McCallum|
|Rated at||Light middleweight
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
7 December 1956 |
|Wins by KO||36|
Mike McCallum (born December 7, 1956) is a Jamaican former professional boxer. He held the WBA light middleweight and middleweight titles, as well as the WBC light heavyweight title. A slick, hard hitting, iron-chinned technician in the ring, McCallum is regarded by many fans and critics alike to be one of the most underrated fighters in history, and also one of the best of all time. He earned his nickname of "The Bodysnatcher" due to his ability to land vicious body punches in fights. His final fight was against old nemesis and three-weight world champion James Toney, against whom he lost by unanimous decision after twelve rounds. McCallum retired in February 1997 after a professional career spanning sixteen years, three world titles and four weight divisions. He defeated seven champions in Ayub Kalule, Julian Jackson, Milton McCrory, Donald Curry, Steve Collins, Sumbu Kalambay and Jeff Harding.
Claimed an amateur record of 240–10
- 1974 - Competed as a welterweight in the World Championships in Havana, losing by a 3rd round TKO to Clint Jackson of the United States.
- 1976 - Represented Jamaica as a welterweight at Montreal Olympic Games. Results were:
- Defeated Damdinjav Bandi (Mongolia) points
- Defeated Robert Dauer (Austria) points
- Lost to Reinhard Skricek (West Germany) points
- 1977 - National AAU Welterweight Champion, defeating Marlon Starling in semifinals and Roger Leonard of the Air Force in the final.
- 1977 - National Golden Gloves Welterweight Champion
- 1978 - Welterweight Gold Medalist at Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada.
- 1979 - National Golden Gloves Welterweight Champion, defeating Doug DeWitt and Robbie Sims.
- 1979 - Welterweight Silver Medalist at Pan-American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Results were:
- Defeated Claudio Pereira (Brazil)
- Defeated Edward Green (United States) TKO 2
- Defeated Javier Colin (Mexico) TKO
- Lost to Andrés Aldama (Cuba) KO by 2
- 1979 - National Golden Gloves Welterweight Champion.
- 1980 - Lost to Alex Ramos in New York Golden Gloves.
Mike McCallum turned professional in 1981. As a professional, he fought almost exclusively in the USA. He first became a world champion in 1984 by defeating Sean Mannion to win the vacant WBA light-middleweight title. McCallum would defend that title six times, winning all six fights by knock out.
His first prominent opponent was future two-weight world champion Julian Jackson, who McCallum fought in his third title defense. McCallum survived some punishment in the first round and came back to stop the undefeated Jackson in the second round.
McCallum really came to prominence when he knocked out former WBC welterweight title-holder Milton McCrory and former Undisputed welterweight champion Donald Curry in 1987. Curry was ahead on all three scorecards going into the fifth round when McCallum knocked him out with what some have called a "perfect" left hook.
In 1988, he moved up to middleweight, suffering his first defeat, a clear unanimous decision, in an attempt to win the WBA middleweight championship from Sumbu Kalambay. In 1989, McCallum defeated Herol Graham by a split decisionto win the now-vacant WBA middleweight title (which had been stripped from Kalambay for signing to face IBF champion Michael Nunn). He defended the title three times, defeating Steve Collins, Michael Watson, and Kalambay in a rematch.
McCallum fought IBF middleweight champion James Toney in 1991. McCallum was stripped of the WBA title before the bout. The fight ended in a draw, and McCallum lost the second fight by a controversial majority decision the following year. Some felt that McCallum won both fights.
McCallum then moved up two weight divisions and won the Interim WBC light-heavyweight title against Randall Yonker, then won the full WBC title by outpointing Jeff Harding in 1994. Being in his late thirties, he did not hold the crown long, losing the title to Fabrice Tiozzo. At 40 years of age, he attempted to regain the vacant Interim WBC title against Roy Jones Jr in December 1996, but lost by a wide decision.
In his last fight, McCallum lost a rubber match to James Toney via a unanimous decision in a cruiserweight bout.
McCallum had a professional record of 49-5-1 (36 knockouts). He was never knocked out as a professional. After McCallum retired, he moved to Las Vegas and became a trainer. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2003.
Professional boxing record
|49 Wins (36 KOs), 5 Losses, 1 Draw |
|Loss||49-5-1||James Toney||UD||12||22/02/1997||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Loss||49-4-1||Roy Jones, Jr.||UD||12||22/11/1996||Tampa, Florida, United States||For vacant Interim WBC light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||49-3-1||Ali Saidi||UD||10||22/06/1996||Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Loss||48-3-1||Fabrice Tiozzo||UD||12||16/06/1995||Lyon, Rhone, France||Lost WBC light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||48-2-1||Carl Jones||TKO||7||25/02/1995||Millwall, London, England||Retained WBC light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||47-2-1||Jeff Harding||UD||12||23/07/1994||Bismarck, North Dakota, United States||Won WBC light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||46-2-1||Randall Yonker||TKO||5||04/03/1994||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won Interim WBC light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||45-2-1||Glenn Thomas||UD||10||14/08/1993||Hammersmith, London, England|
|Win||44-2-1||Ramzi Hassan||UD||10||25/03/1993||Amiens, Somme, France|
|Loss||43-2-1||James Toney||MD||12||29/08/1992||Reno, Nevada, United States||For Lineal/IBF middleweight titles.|
|Win||43-1-1||Fermin Chirino||UD||10||21/05/1992||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Draw||42-1-1||James Toney||PTS||12||13/12/1991||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||For Lineal/IBF middleweight titles.|
|Win||42-1||Nicky Walker||RTD||5||10/10/1991||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||41-1||Carlos Cruzat||UD||10||29/08/1991||Reno, Nevada, United States|
|Win||40-1||Sumbu Kalambay||SD||12||01/04/1991||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Retained WBA middleweight title.|
|Win||39-1||Frank Minton||TKO||4||19/02/1991||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||38-1||Michael Watson||KO||11||14/04/1990||Kensington, London, United Kingdom||Retained WBA middleweight title.|
|Win||37-1||Steve Collins||UD||12||03/02/1990||Boston, Massachusetts, United States||Retained WBA middleweight title.|
|Win||36-1||Herol Graham||SD||12||10/05/1989||Kensington, London, United Kingdom||Won vacant WBA middleweight title.|
|Win||35-1||Ralph Moncrief||TKO||5||09/01/1989||Nogent-le-Phaye, Eure-et-Loir, France|
|Win||34-1||Randy "Manster" Smith||UD||10||22/12/1988||Vincennes, Val-de-Marne, France|
|Win||33-1||David McCluskey||TKO||2||27/06/1988||New York City, United States|
|Loss||32-1||Sumbu Kalambay||UD||12||05/03/1988||Pesaro, Marche, Italy||For WBA middleweight title.|
|Win||32-0||Donald Curry||KO||5||18/07/1987||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Retained WBA light-middleweight title.|
|Win||31-0||Milton McCrory||TKO||10||19/04/1987||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||Retained WBA light-middleweight title.|
|Win||30-0||Leroy Hester||KO||1||21/03/1987||Kingston, Jamaica|
|Win||29-0||Said Skouma||TKO||9||25/10/1986||Paris, France||Retained WBA light-middleweight title.|
|Win||28-0||Irving Hines||TKO||4||15/09/1986||Paris, France|
|Win||27–0||Julian Jackson||TKO||2||23/08/1986||Miami Beach, Florida, United States||Retained WBA light-middleweight title.|
|Win||26-0||Jimmy Shavers||TKO||6||02/05/1986||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||25-0||David Braxton||TKO||8||28/07/1985||Miami, Florida, United States||Retained WBA light-middleweight title.|
|Win||24-0||"Ferdinand" Marcos Martinez||TKO||2||15/06/1985||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||23-0||Luigi Minchillo||TKO||13||01/12/1984||Milan, Lombardia, Italy||Retained WBA light-middleweight title.|
|Win||22-0||Sean Mannion||UD||15||19/10/1984||New York City, United States||Won vacant WBA light-middleweight title.|
|Win||21-0||Hasim Razzaq||KO||1||10/03/1984||Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Win||20-0||Manuel Jiminez||UD||10||25/10/1983||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||19-0||Jose Vallejo||TKO||6||31/08/1983||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||18-0||Tony Suero||TKO||3||26/04/1983||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||17-0||Ayub Kalule||RTD||7||13/11/1982||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Kalule retired at 3:00 of the seventh round.|
|Win||16-0||Carlos "Cano" Betancourt||TKO||3||22/10/1982||New York City, United States|
|Win||15-0||Kevin Perry||UD||10||11/06/1982||New York City, United States|
|Win||14-0||Reggie Ford||TKO||4||30/04/1982||New York City, United States|
|Win||13-0||Gilberto Almonte||KO||1||26/03/1982||Kingston, Jamaica|
|Win||12-0||Greg Young||TKO||5||22/01/1982||New York City, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 0:29 of the fifth round.|
|Win||11-0||Jimmy Heair||TKO||2||08/10/1981||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||10-0||Ed "Hurricane" Harris||KO||1||08/09/1981||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||9–0||Tirso Roque||KO||3||27/08/1981||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||8-0||Bruce "Mouse" Strauss||TKO||3||19/07/1981||Warren, Ohio, United States|
|Win||7-0||Freddie Creech||KO||3||10/06/1981||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||6-0||"Prince" Charles Smith||KO||3||30/04/1981||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||5-0||Danny "Thunderhand" Chapman||TKO||4||24/04/1981||New York City, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:09 of the fourth round.|
|Win||4-0||Shelby Wilkerson||KO||5||02/04/1981||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||3-0||Ricky Sheppard||KO||5||19/03/1981||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||2-0||Rocky Fabrizio||KO||1||03/03/1981||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||1-0||Rigoberto Lopez||KO||4||14/01/1981||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Professional debut.|
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|Jamaica Sportsman of the Year
|Jamaica Sportsman of the Year
|Jamaica Sportsman of the Year
|WBA Light Middleweight Champion
19 Oct 1984 – 1988
|WBA Middleweight Champion
10 May 1989 – 1991
|WBC Light Heavyweight Interim Champion
4 March 1994 – 23 July 1994
Title next held byRoy Jones, Jr.
|WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
23 July 1994 – 16 June 1995