Mike McCallum

Mike McCallum
Statistics
Real name Mike McCallum
Nickname(s) Bodysnatcher
Rated at light middleweight
middleweight
light heavyweight
Nationality Jamaican
Born 7 December 1956 (1956-12-07) (age 54)
Kingston, Jamaica
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 55
Wins 49
Wins by KO 36
Losses 5
Draws 1
No contests 1

Mike McCallum (born 7 December 1956 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a retired boxer. Nicknamed "The Body Snatcher" for his fierce body punching. McCallum won world titles in three weight classes.[1]

Contents

Amateur career

Medal record
Men's Boxing
Competitor for  Jamaica
Pan American
Silver 1979 San Juan Welterweight
Commonwealth Games
Gold 1978 Edmonton Welterweight

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.[1]

Professional career

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 world champion and Hall of Fame inductee 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.[2]

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.[3]

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 close decision to 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 majority decision the following year. Some felt that McCallum won both fights.[4]

McCallum moved up in weight again and won the WBC light heavyweight 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. He attempted to regain the vacant interim title against Roy Jones Jr, but lost by a wide decision. In his last fight, McCallum lost a rubber match to James Toney in the cruiserweight division.

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 trainer. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2003.[5]

See also

References

External links

Awards
Preceded by
Don Quarrie
Jamaica Sportsman of the Year
1978
Succeeded by
David Weller
Preceded by
Bertland Cameron
Jamaica Sportsman of the Year
1984–1987
Succeeded by
Jeff Dujon
Preceded by
Jeff Dujon
Jamaica Sportsman of the Year
1989–1990
Succeeded by
Patrick Patterson
Achievements
Preceded by
Roberto Durán
Stripped
WBA Light Middleweight Champion
19 Oct 1984–1988
Vacates
Succeeded by
Julian Jackson
Preceded by
Sumbu Kalambay
Stripped
WBA Middleweight Champion
10 May 1989–1991
Stripped
Succeeded by
Reggie Johnson
Preceded by
N/A
Inaugaral title
WBC Light Heavyweight Interim Champion
4 March 1994 – 23 July 1994
Unified
Vacant
Title next held by
Roy Jones, Jr.
Preceded by
Jeff Harding
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
23 July 1994–16 June 1995
Succeeded by
Fabrice Tiozzo

Professional boxing record

73 Wins (44 knockouts), 7 Losses, 3 Draws, 2 No Contests [2]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 68-4-2 United States Rydell Booker UD 12 23/09/2004 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, United States Won vacant WBC Continental Americas & IBA Heavyweight titles. WBC Heavyweight title eliminator.
Win 67-4-2 United States Evander Holyfield TKO 9 (12) 04/10/2003 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States IBF Heavyweight title eliminator.
Win 66-4-2 Kazakhstan Vassiliy Jirov UD 12 26/04/2003 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States Won IBF Cruiserweight title.
Win 65-4-2 United States Jason Robinson KO 7 (12) 18/08/2002 United States Pechanga Entertainment Center, Temecula, California, United States IBF Cruiserweight title eliminator.
Win 64-4-2 United States Michael Rush TKO 10 (10) 31/05/2002 United States Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City, Oregon, United States
Win 63-4-2 Tonga Sione Asipeli UD 10 22/03/2002 United States Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 62-4-2 United States Wesley Martin TKO 3 (10) 30/07/2001 United States Crystal Park Casino, Compton, California, United States
Win 61-4-2 Mexico Saul Montana TKO 2 (12) 29/03/2001 United States Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, United States Won vacant IBA Super Cruiserweight title.
Win 60-4-2 United States Courtney Butler TKO 3 (10) 03/11/2000 United States Turning Stone Casino, Verona, New York, United States
Win 59-4-2 United States Terry McGroom MD 10 21/01/2000 United States DePaul Alumni Hall, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 58-4-2 Cuba Ramon Garbey UD 10 08/10/1999 United States Roseland Ballroom, Taunton, Massachusetts, United States
Win 57-4-2 United States Adolpho Washington TKO 10 (10) 30/07/1999 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Win 56-4-2 United States Terry Porter TKO 8 (10) 07/03/1999 United States Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 55-4-2 United States Steve Little UD 12 14/06/1997 United States Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, United States Won vacant IBO Cruiserweight title.
Loss 54-4-2 Malawi Drake Thadzi MD 12 14/05/1997 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States For vacant IBO Light Heavyweight title.
Win 54-3-2 Jamaica Mike McCallum UD 12 22/02/1997 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Won vacant WBU Cruiserweight title.
Loss 53-3-2 United States Montell Griffin UD 12 06/12/1996 United States Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada, United States Lost WBU Light Heavyweight title.
Win 53-2-2 Jamaica Duran Williams TKO 9 (12) 09/08/1996 United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, United States Retained WBU Light Heavyweight title.
Win 52-2-2 United States Charles Oliver UD 10 03/07/1996 United States Station Casino, Saint Charles, Missouri, United States
Win 51-2-2 United States Earl Butler TKO 4 (12) 14/05/1996 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States Retained WBU Light Heavyweight title.
Win 50-2-2 United States Richard Mason UD 10 01/03/1996 United States Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, United States
Win 49-2-2 United States Greg Everett KO 2 (12) 08/12/1995 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States Won WBU Continental Cruiserweight title.
Win 48-2-2 United States Ernest Mateen DQ 5 (12) 09/09/1995 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBU Light Heavyweight title.
Win 47-2-2 Puerto Rico Freddie Delgado TKO 5 (12) 18/06/1995 United States New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Won vacant WBU Light Heavyweight title.
Win 46-2-2 United States Anthony Hembrick RTD 5 (12) 30/04/1995 United States Rio Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won USBA Light Heavyweight title.
Win 45-2-2 United States Karl Willis TKO 8 (10) 20/03/1995 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Loss 44-2-2 United States Montell Griffin MD 12 18/02/1995 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For IBF Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title.
Loss 44-1-2 United States Roy Jones, Jr. UD 12 18/11/1994 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win 44-0-2 United States Charles Williams KO 12 (12) 29/07/1994 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win 43-0-2 United States Vinson Durham UD 10 18/05/1994 United States Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont, Illinois, United States
Win 42-0-2 United States Tim Littles TKO 4 (12) 05/03/1994 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win 41-0-2 United States Anthony Hembrick TKO 7 (10) 16/01/1994 United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 40-0-2 United States Tony Thornton UD 12 29/10/1993 United States Civic Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win 39-0-2 United States Larry Prather UD 10 24/08/1993 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 38-0-2 Puerto Rico Danny Garcia TKO 6 (10) 29/07/1993 United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 37-0-2 United States Glenn Thomas UD 10 06/06/1993 United States The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 36-0-2 United States Ricky Thomas TKO 10 (10) 17/04/1993 United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 35-0-2 United States Govoner Chavers TKO 9 (10) 23/03/1993 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 34-0-2 United States Iran Barkley RTD 9 (12) 13/02/1993 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win 33-0-2 United States Doug DeWitt RTD 6 (10) 05/12/1992 United States Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 32-0-2 Jamaica Mike McCallum MD 12 29/08/1992 United States Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, United States Retained IBF Middleweight title.
Win 31-0-2 United States Ricky Stackhouse TKO 3 (10) 26/05/1992 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 30-0-2 United States Glenn Wolfe UD 12 11/04/1992 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained IBF Middleweight title.
Win 29-0-2 United States Dave Tiberi SD 12 08/02/1992 United States Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained IBF Middleweight title.
Draw 28-0-2 Jamaica Mike McCallum PTS 12 13/12/1991 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained IBF Middleweight title.
Win 28-0-1 Italy Francesco Dell'Aquila TKO 4 (12) 12/10/1991 Monaco Stade Louis II, Monte Carlo, Monaco Retained IBF Middleweight title.
Win 27-0-1 United States Reggie Johnson SD 12 29/06/1991 United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained IBF Middleweight title.
Win 26-0-1 United States Michael Nunn TKO 11 (12) 10/05/1991 United States John O'Donnell Stadium, Davenport, Iowa, United States Won IBF Middleweight title.
Win 25-0-1 United States Alberto Gonzalez TKO 5 (10) 31/03/1991 United States Sands Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 24-0-1 Dominican Republic Merqui Sosa SD 12 13/01/1991 United States Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained IBC Middleweight title.
Win 23-0-1 Brazil Jose Carlos Da Silva TKO 5 (10) 10/12/1990 United States Hyatt Regency Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan, United States
Win 22-0-1 United States Sanderline Williams UD 10 16/10/1990 United States Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 21-0-1 United States Kevin Brazier TKO 2 (10) 24/08/1990 United States Hyatt Regency Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan, United States
Draw 20-0-1 United States Sanderline Williams PTS 10 26/07/1990 United States Dearborn, Michigan, United States
Win 20–0 United States Ricardo Bryant TKO 4 (12) 27/06/1990 United States Hyatt Regency Ballroom, Dearborn, Michigan, United States Won vacant IBC Middleweight title.
Win 19–0 Argentina Horacio Rene Brandan KO 2 (10) 23/05/1990 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 18–0 Venezuela Jose Luis Esteven TKO 5 (?) 27/04/1990 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 17–0 United States Toby Tyler TKO 4 (6) 05/04/1990 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 16–0 United States Philip Morefield KO 1 (10) 01/03/1990 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States Won USA Michigan State Middleweight title.
Win 15–0 United States Danny Thomas UD 8 20/01/1990 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 14–0 United States Joe Johnson KO 4 (?) 29/11/1989 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 13–0 United States Ron Amundsen UD 10 13/11/1989 United States Central Park Athletic Club, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 12–0 United States Robert Clinton KO 1 (?) 26/10/1989 United States International Hotel & Resorts, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 11–0 United States Ricardo Simpson KO 2 (?) 12/10/1989 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 10–0 United States Joe Summers TKO 2 (?) 21/09/1989 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 9–0 United States Lemark Davis UD 6 07/09/1989 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 8–0 United States Mark Stephens TKO 2 (?) 07/09/1989 United States Detroit Boat Club, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win 7–0 United States Steve Chaney KO 1 (?) 06/06/1989 United States Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Win 6–0 United States Arthur Willis SD 4 02/05/1989 United States Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Win 5–0 United States James Fernandez UD 4 16/02/1989 United States Premier Center, Sterling Heights, Michigan, United States
Win 4–0 United States Sammy Jenkins TKO 4 (?) 17/01/1989 United States Premier Center, Sterling Heights, Michigan, United States
Win 3–0 United States Carl Penn KO 1 (?) 10/01/1989 United States Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Win 2–0 United States Ronnie Yoe KO 1 (?) 06/12/1988 United States Omni New Daisy Theater, Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Win 1–0 United States Stephen Lee TKO 2 (4) 26/10/1988 United States Thomas Crystal Gardens, Mount Clemens, Michigan, United States

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