|Real name||Terry McGroom|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Reach||77 in (196 cm)|
March 16, 1966|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||April 17, 2016(aged 50)|
|Wins by KO||10|
Terry McGroom (March 16, 1966 – April 17, 2016) was a boxer in the heavyweight and cruiserweight division.
McGroom attended Wells High School in Chicago, which was "full of gangbangers." Tom O'Shea, an English teacher at the school, said he was "an arrogant, nasty kid who was always in trouble with his teachers," apart from the fact that he did not earn a single credit in his freshman year. When O'Shea caught McGroom fighting in the hallways, he was given a choice: follow him to the principal's office or to the boxing gym. O'Shea became his coach, a position he held throughout McGroom's amateur career.
McGroom had a stellar amateur career prior to turning professional, going 63-11. He was a National Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight champion in 1987, 1988, 1989, and 1992 and a National Amateur Light Heavyweight Champion in 1991. McGroom also won a silver medal from the 1990 Goodwill Games in the 81 kg division.
McGroom turned pro in 1993 and started off his career going undefeated in his first 11 fights. He then faced Darrol Wilson, a heavy hitting heavyweight who would make a name for himself later on, in 1995, and battled his way to a 10 round draw. McGroom's next big fight was an 8th round TKO loss to future contender Kirk Johnson. Johnson was much bigger than McGroom and slugged him to the canvas.
After the loss to Johnson, McGroom's impressive victory over Esteban Pizzarro in 1999 earned him the biggest fight of his career against James Toney in 2000. It was a close fight with Toney and some thought the decision should have been given to McGroom. In 2001 he challenged Vasily Jirov for his IBF Cruiserweight belt. The result was a shocking one round KO for Jirov, the result from one well place body shot.
Professional boxing record
|19 Wins (10 knockouts, 9 decisions), 9 Losses (4 knockouts, 5 decisions), 3 Draws |
|Loss||18-0||Cengiz "Khan" Koc||UD||6||24/07/2004||Frankfurt, Brandenburg, Germany|
|Loss||12-0||Timur Ibragimov||UD||8||22/04/2004||Moscow, Russia|
|Loss||11-0-1||Johny Jensen||SD||6||28/02/2004||Aalborg, Denmark||55-59, 56-58, 58-57.|
|Draw||11-0||Johny Jensen||PTS||6||24/10/2003||Copenhagen, Denmark||59-56, 57-57, 56-58.|
|Loss||13-0||Steve Cunningham||UD||8||20/09/2003||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Loss||14-0||Malik Scott||TKO||2||01/02/2003||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:58 of the second round.|
|Loss||17-0||Dominick Guinn||TKO||7||08/09/2002||Lawton, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||27-0||Vassiliy Jirov||KO||1||24/03/2001||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||IBF World Cruiserweight Title. McGroom knocked out at 1:22 of the first round.|
|Win||0-28||Ed Strickland||KO||1||21/02/2001||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States||Strickland knocked out at 2:59 of the first round.|
|Loss||58-4-2||James Toney||MD||10||21/01/2000||Chicago, Illinois, United States||94-96, 94-96, 95-95.|
|Win||21-1-1||Esteban Pizzarro||UD||12||26/06/1999||Cicero, Illinois, United States||WBO NABO Cruiserweight Title.|
|Win||5-4||Jesse Corona||UD||10||05/03/1999||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||16-16-2||Vinson Durham||UD||10||29/01/1999||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||11-17-1||Mike Acklie||TKO||2||13/11/1998||Chicago, Illinois, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 0:50 of the second round.|
|Win||11-44-2||Brian Yates||UD||6||01/10/1997||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||20-0||Kirk Johnson||TKO||8||16/11/1996||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Draw||31-7-1||Anthony Hembrick||PTS||10||23/04/1996||Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||12-2||Arthur Saribekian||UD||8||21/11/1995||Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||5-11-3||Ron Preston||UD||8||03/10/1995||Flint, Michigan, United States|
|Draw||14-0-1||Darroll Wilson||PTS||10||17/08/1995||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||95-95, 94-96, 96-94.|
|Win||6-13-1||Exum Speight||TKO||2||28/03/1995||Flint, Michigan, United States|
|Win||10-14-2||Ken Jackson||TKO||2||20/08/1994||Athens, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||3-2||Randy McGee||UD||8||21/05/1994||Knoxville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||9-13||Tim St Clair||UD||8||05/02/1994||Knoxville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||0-2||Morris Young||TKO||4||18/12/1993||Knoxville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||6-5||Aaron Green||KO||4||13/11/1993||Knoxville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||2-2||Leonard Lamar Long||PTS||6||28/08/1993||Knoxville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||1-0||Darren Jewell||KO||2||17/07/1993||Knoxville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||--||Ricardo Estrada||TKO||3||12/06/1993||Knoxville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||0-2||Donald Johnson||TKO||2||27/03/1993||Knoxville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||--||William Yates||TKO||1||16/01/1993||Knoxville, Tennessee, United States|