Terry McGroom

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Terry McGroom
Statistics
Real name Terry McGroom
Rated at Heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Reach 77 in (196 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1966-03-16)March 16, 1966
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died April 17, 2016(2016-04-17) (aged 50)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 31
Wins 19
Wins by KO 10
Losses 9
Draws 3
No contests 0

Terry McGroom (March 16, 1966 – April 17, 2016) was a boxer in the heavyweight and cruiserweight division.

Early life[edit]

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.[1]

He later graduated from Wells as an honor student, earning a boxing scholarship to Northern Michigan University.[1]

Amateur career[edit]

McGroom had a stellar amateur career prior to turning professional, going 63-11.[1] 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.

He also competed at the 1989 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Moscow.[1]

Professional career[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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.

McGroom then moved up to Heavyweight and had little success. He lost to future contenders Dominick Guinn, Malik Scott, and Timor Ibragimov before retiring in 2004.

Personal life[edit]

McGroom died from bone cancer on April 17, 2016.[2]

Professional boxing record[edit]

19 Wins (10 knockouts, 9 decisions), 9 Losses (4 knockouts, 5 decisions), 3 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 18-0 Germany Cengiz "Khan" Koc UD 6 24/07/2004 Germany Frankfurt, Brandenburg, Germany
Loss 12-0 Uzbekistan Timur Ibragimov UD 8 22/04/2004 Russia Moscow, Russia
Loss 11-0-1 Denmark Johny Jensen SD 6 28/02/2004 Denmark Aalborg, Denmark 55-59, 56-58, 58-57.
Draw 11-0 Denmark Johny Jensen PTS 6 24/10/2003 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark 59-56, 57-57, 56-58.
Loss 13-0 United States Steve Cunningham UD 8 20/09/2003 Connecticut Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Loss 14-0 United States Malik Scott TKO 2 01/02/2003 Connecticut Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:58 of the second round.
Loss 17-0 United States Dominick Guinn TKO 7 08/09/2002 Oklahoma Lawton, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 27-0 Kazakhstan Vassiliy Jirov KO 1 24/03/2001 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States IBF World Cruiserweight Title. McGroom knocked out at 1:22 of the first round.
Win 0-28 United States Ed Strickland KO 1 21/02/2001 Indiana Indianapolis, Indiana, United States Strickland knocked out at 2:59 of the first round.
Loss 58-4-2 United States James Toney MD 10 21/01/2000 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States 94-96, 94-96, 95-95.
Win 21-1-1 Puerto Rico Esteban Pizzarro UD 12 26/06/1999 Illinois Cicero, Illinois, United States WBO NABO Cruiserweight Title.
Win 5-4 United States Jesse Corona UD 10 05/03/1999 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 16-16-2 United States Vinson Durham UD 10 29/01/1999 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 11-17-1 United States Mike Acklie TKO 2 13/11/1998 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:50 of the second round.
Win 11-44-2 United States Brian Yates UD 6 01/10/1997 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 20-0 Canada Kirk Johnson TKO 8 16/11/1996 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Draw 31-7-1 United States Anthony Hembrick PTS 10 23/04/1996 Michigan Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 12-2 United States Arthur Saribekian UD 8 21/11/1995 Michigan Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 5-11-3 United States Ron Preston UD 8 03/10/1995 Michigan Flint, Michigan, United States
Draw 14-0-1 United States Darroll Wilson PTS 10 17/08/1995 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 95-95, 94-96, 96-94.
Win 6-13-1 United States Exum Speight TKO 2 28/03/1995 Michigan Flint, Michigan, United States
Win 10-14-2 United States Ken Jackson TKO 2 20/08/1994 Tennessee Athens, Tennessee, United States
Win 3-2 United States Randy McGee UD 8 21/05/1994 Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Win 9-13 United States Tim St Clair UD 8 05/02/1994 Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Win 0-2 Morris Young TKO 4 18/12/1993 Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Win 6-5 United States Aaron Green KO 4 13/11/1993 Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Win 2-2 United States Leonard Lamar Long PTS 6 28/08/1993 Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Win 1-0 United States Darren Jewell KO 2 17/07/1993 Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Win -- Ricardo Estrada TKO 3 12/06/1993 Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Win 0-2 Donald Johnson TKO 2 27/03/1993 Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Win -- William Yates TKO 1 16/01/1993 Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sakamoto, Bob (March 18, 1990). "3-time Gloves Champ Has Heart Set On Olympics". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Terry McGroom R.I.P.". FightNews.com. April 20, 2016. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 

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