Oliver McCall
American boxer
Oliver McCall
Oliver "The Atomic Bull" McCall is an American professional Heavyweight boxer best known for winning the WBC Heavyweight Championship in 1994 after scoring an upset knock out victory over Lennox Lewis, in Lewis' home town of London, England, followed by his infamous in-ring meltdown in the rematch.
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Win tickets to An Evening with Frank Bruno
The Citizen - over 3 years
Former Heavyweight champion boxer Frank Bruno is coming to the Village On The Green in Wigan on Friday 18th October, 2013. He will be talking about his life in and out of his boxing career and we have a pair of tickets for the event to give away. The prize includes a photo with Frank Bruno and a delicious three course meal followed by a talk from the former champion. Also on the night there will be a sports auction and entertainment. Franklyn Roy Bruno was born at Hammersmith Hospital in London. In 1989, Frank challenged Mike Tyson for the unified world Heavyweight title. After being shaken in the opening seconds, Frank finished the first round by rocking Tyson with a left hook. However, Tyson recovered and the referee stopped the contest in round five, with the British boxer taking heavy punishment on the ropes. Frank kept winning fights, helping him to retain his spot as one of the world's leading Heavyweights. In 1993 he had a third world title chance against a young Lennox Lewi ...
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Gordon Marino: Wladimir Klitschko Vies to Make Heavyweight History
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
The attention of boxing fans in the U.S. will be riveted on a ring in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this Saturday. There, pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather will be defending his welterweight world title against Robert Guerrero. However, on that same night, thousands of miles away, another milestone fistic event will be in process. World heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KOs) will defend his title against Francesco Pianeta (28-0-1, 15 KO's) of Italy. The contest will take place at the SAP -- Arena in Mannheim Germany (and will be televised on EPIX, beginning at 4:30 ET). Pianeta, who now lives in Germany, is a former Klitschko sparring partner who insists that when working with his boss, he detected flaws that he will exploit on Saturday night. Pianeta is a southpaw with good boxing skills but is not in the same ball park as Klitschko in terms of speed and power. Though undefeated, Pianeta's biggest victories are over heavyweights on the senior ci ...
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Martin Newman: Few Fighters Can Dodge Losing the 'Eye of the Tiger' - Ricky Hatton Joins the List
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
Survivor sang about it in Rocky III, putting it succinctly for those who didn't know the difference between a fighter that still hungered for the win and one that couldn't take it anymore. "Hangin' tough, stayin' hungry.. it's the eye of the tiger, it's the thrill of the fight." It's become a great anthem about wanting victory more than your opponent and about needing to still have the desire to push through the pain barrier. For many fighters it is a very public event when they are exposed as no longer having 'the eye of the tiger'. For Ricky Hatton that moment came on Saturday night. The former welterweight and light-welterweight champion capitulated to a body punch from the capable, but uninspiring Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko, and to the dismay of his fans didn't even try to beat the count. He got off the mat in tears complaining about not wanting to 'keep picking his arse up off the floor'. Hatton's look of utter resignation almost mirrored the moment ...
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Oliver McCall fights for title in his 70th pro fig... - WBN - World Boxing News
Google News - over 5 years
After losing two out his last four fights, you would think that former heavyweight champion of the world Oliver McCall would think about winding down his career as he hits his mid-forties but the Chicago-born fighter is having none of that
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Inside the Ropes: Casey and Frampton pass on an all-Irish showdown - The Score
Google News - over 5 years
His last chance came against Oliver McCall, on September 2nd, 1995, again at Wembley Stadium. In a spirited performance against the bizarre American, Bruno's dream finally became a reality, as he took the title by unanimous decision
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Iowa RB Mika'il McCall likely out for the season with broken ankle - Washington Post
Google News - over 5 years
McCall, the son of former heavyweight boxing champion Oliver McCall, is a 6-foot, 215-pound freshman from Dolton, Ill. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said after the game that McCall, who'd seemingly won the backup job behind starter Marcus Coker,
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Fres Oquendo-Johnathon Banks Bout Added To Klitschko-Adamek Card - EastsideBoxing.com
Google News - over 5 years
2008) and then to Jean Marc Mormeck and Oliver McCall (in May and Dec. of last year respectively). Still capable at the top level, Oquendo could well give Banks, 26-1-1(17) his first heavyweight loss. The scheduled ten-rounder has a great chance of
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Mike Tyson and Boxing's 13 Biggest Temper Tantrums - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
In 1997, Oliver McCall was the only person who had a win over Lennox Lewis, and the two squared off for a rematch to gain the WBC Heavyweight championship. In the fourth round, McCall started acting strange. He seemed disinterested in fighting,
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RASKIN'S RANTS: Goodbye Friday Night Fights, Hello Alfredo Angulo - The Sweet Science
Google News - over 5 years
Is there any reason to think Oliver McCall won't still be beating fourth-rate heavyweights when he's in his sixties? • Alfredo Angulo is back, and on Saturday night, “El Perro” proved he can defeat a chew toy. Instead of the stick-and-move,
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Oliver McCall Wins Big Over Damian Wills; Will Face Kali Meehan Next - Doghouse Boxing
Google News - over 5 years
Oliver McCall pounded out a unanimous decision over hometown favorite Damian Wills in Houston on Saturday night. The scores were 97-93, 97-93, and 96-94. The victory earns McCall the World Boxing ... -
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Oregon native has a story to tell - Toledo Blade
Google News - over 5 years
"I fought George Foreman, Tommy 'The Duke' Morrison, Tony Tucker, Carl 'The Truth' Williams, Leon Spinks, Oliver McCall, and 'Buster' Douglas," Jaco said. The journeyman finished with a 24-25 record with one draw. He recorded 19 knockouts but also was
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Chris Mannix: Hunter emerges as heavyweight hope at U.S. Olympic trials - SI.com
Google News - over 5 years
Hunter's late father, Mike, was a flamboyant heavyweight contender in the 1990's who owned wins over former titleholders Dwight Muhammad Qawi and Oliver McCall and was a sparring partner of Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Riddick Bowe
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Travis Kauffman To Face Bert Cooper On Aug. 20th Card - EastsideBoxing.com
Google News - over 5 years
But after picking up his 24th pro loss, will the one-time contender who has been in with everyone from Evander Holyfield to Joe Mesi finally face facts and retire? (Boxrec.com still has Cooper down as facing fellow veteran Oliver McCall on September
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Floyd Mayweather fight could sell-out Wembley Stad... - WBN - World Boxing News
Google News - over 5 years
The 24 year-old would be the first Brit to hold a world title boxing fight at the venue since Bruno out-pointed Oliver McCall in September 1995 and the first at the newly-built site. "There are some big names left for me but I really think there is
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Dine with boxing legend Frank Bruno in Ayr - Ayrshire Post
Google News - over 5 years
His career continued to go from strength to strength and the high point came in 1995, when he lifted the WBC crown by beating Oliver McCall on points at Wembley Stadium. Altogether, Frank won 40 of his 45 contests, with 38 of the fights won by knockout
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Oliver McCall, Now a Free Agent, Is Eyeing Big Name Heavyweight - EastsideBoxing.com
Google News - over 5 years
Pavel Yakovlev - (August 2, 2011) – Former world heavyweight champion Oliver McCall is a now a free agent and looking for fights. Last week McCall was released by his promoter, The Heavyweight Factory, which is apparently closing operations
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Oliver McCall
    FORTIES
  • 2011
    Age 45
    McCall has been alcohol- and drug-free for all of 2011 and his legal issues are finally behind him.
    More Details Hide Details McCall was raised on the South Side of Chicago, and is married with four daughters and three sons. One daughter, Jeneva McCall, was a three-time NCAA champion and four-time 1st team All-American in track at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. One son, Mika'il McCall, is a sophomore running back for Southern Illinois University Carbondale, after playing his freshman year at the University of Iowa. McCall has one other son, Elijah McCall, who is currently a professional boxer as well.
    On December 16, 2011, Lawyer Foley was successful in having McCall's probation terminated.
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  • 2010
    Age 44
    On December 9, 2010, two days after his latest victory, McCall was again arrested in Fort Lauderdale for possession of cannabis and a violation of a municipal ordinance, causing him to violate the terms of his probation stemming from the February cocaine charge.
    More Details Hide Details As a result of the probation violation, McCall was facing six years in Florida State Prison. McCall's attorney, Roger P. Foley, was able to have him reinstated on his previous probationary term, modified to include a drug and psychological evaluation followed by any necessary treatment. Oliver McCall and Attorney RP Foley coincidentally have formed a strong friendship and have been found training together in Plantation, Florida. The same attorney, Roger P. Foley, has become a strength and conditioning coach for McCall.
    McCall was able to get another big fight, this time against Fres Oquendo, scheduled for December 7, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details McCall won in a split decision over the favored Oquendo.
  • 2009
    Age 43
    On October 23, 2009, he defended his IBA continental title again by a ten-round unanimous decision against 6'8" Lance Whitaker.
    More Details Hide Details McCall's next opponent was Timur Ibragimov. The two fought at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida. Ibragimov was a fringe contender with an impressive 27-2-1 record, however he hadn't fought anyone at McCall's level before. The former world champion lost the bout by unanimous decision, with the scores of 117-111 twice and 119-109. It was McCall's first loss since his comeback in 2009. McCall's career has been mottled by several stints in drug rehabilitation facilities and arrests for disorderly behavior. He has attempted numerous comebacks, though the efforts have repeatedly been frustrated by run-ins with the law.
    He defended his IBA continental belt against Franklin Lawrence by a ten-round unanimous decision on August 21, 2009, at the Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas.
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    The long inactive McCall defeated Australian John Hopoate by 2nd-round TKO on the May 22, 2009, for the vacant IBA intercontinental heavyweight belt.
    More Details Hide Details McCall dominated the fight and knocked Hopoate down twice.
  • 2007
    Age 41
    On 16 June 2007, McCall defeated Sinan Samil Sam for the WBC International Heavyweight Championship by unanimous decision in Ankara, Turkey.
    More Details Hide Details This guaranteed him a shot at the WBC Heavyweight Championship (currently held by Vitali Klitschko). However, McCall took a fight with slick Cuban fighter Juan Carlos Gomez, a fight which McCall lost. As a result, Gomez took his place as the WBC's next mandatory challenger.
  • 2006
    Age 40
    In January 2006 he was arrested by police in Nashville, Tennessee, who say they had to use a Taser on McCall after he tried running away from officers trying to arrest him for trespassing in a public housing development.
    More Details Hide Details Police officers informed the meda that McCall had in his possession a glass pipe and a five-dollar bill containing a small amount of cocaine. They further stated that the 40-year-old McCall later spat at an officer and threatened to kill him.He was held on $299,000 bond and charged with criminal trespass, resisting arrest, assaulting police officers, threatening to kill an officer, and being a fugitive from justice on charges in his home state of Virginia. He was released on May 8, 2006. On the weekend before his scheduled fight with Zuri Lawrence at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in nearby Hollywood, Florida, McCall was arrested for possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia in Fort Lauderdale, preventing him from fighting. He was ultimately sentenced to probation.
    On December 9, 2006, McCall defeated Yanqui Diaz via seventh-round KO in Hollywood, Florida.
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    McCall defeated Darroll Wilson in a fourth-round TKO in Louisville, Kentucky, on September 9, 2006, for the WBC Fecarbox Championship.
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    Despite his legal troubles, Oliver's career has since continued. He began his next run at a title with a first-round TKO of Kenny Craven in June 2006.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2004
    Age 38
    In December 2004 he lost a close points decision to fellow contender DaVarryl Williamson on a high-profile Don King undercard from New York, and in 2005 he traveled to Germany for an eliminator to skillful and well regarded Cuban Juan Carlos Gomez, and was outpointed over ten rounds.
    More Details Hide Details However this loss was removed from McCall's record as Gomez later failed a drug test.
  • 2001
    Age 35
    In 2001 at the age of 36 he resurrected his career with a tenth-round knockout of Henry Akinwande, at the time one of the most avoided contenders in the world, on a high-profile Lennox Lewis undercard in Las Vegas.
    More Details Hide Details McCall was ranked number 4 in the world off this performance, but was arrested shortly afterwards and imprisoned for over a year, losing his ranking.
  • 1997
    Age 31
    Lewis and McCall squared off again on February 7, 1997, in Las Vegas.
    More Details Hide Details In a bizarre fight, McCall refused to fight in the fourth and fifth rounds, beginning to cry and eventually forcing the referee to stop the fight and award Lewis the victory. The referee for the fight, Mills Lane, stated in an interview after the match, "In the third round, he got in close, and then seemed frustrated, and then he just backed off and put his arms down.... I thought he was playing possum but then I saw his lips started to quiver and I thought, 'My God, is he crying?'" Lane stopped the fight when McCall had refused to defend himself for several rounds.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 29
    He successfully defended the title in a bout against 45-year-old ex-champ Larry Holmes in Las Vegas winning 115-112 115-114 and 114-113 on the score cards, before returning to London to face Frank Bruno in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details During a press conference before the fight McCall claimed he was going to get revenge for America after Gerald McClellan had been rendered brain damaged after a fight with Nigel Benn a few months earlier. He had claimed that he was going to hurt Bruno and that the only thing Bruno would be able to do was throw illegal rabbit punches. The fight took place at the old Wembley stadium. Bruno started off well, working behind the jab and landing some big right hands. McCall seemed uninterested in fighting and lagged far behind on the score cards going into the latter rounds. By round 9 Bruno had built up a big lead on the score cards and looked comfortably in charge. McCall finally sparked into life in round 10 perhaps realizing that he was behind on the score cards. McCall landed several big punches over the final 3 rounds and had Bruno in trouble several times but Bruno managed to hold on and win the title by a unanimous decision.
  • 1994
    Age 28
    He beat Jesse Ferguson and future heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon and lost a very close decision to Tony Tucker before landing the shot against Lewis in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details After a close first round McCall came out aggressively in the second and landed his signature counter right hand as Lewis moved forward. Lewis dropped to the canvas and got up before the count of ten, but he was unsteady on his feet, forcing the referee to wave a stop to the fight. In spite of the Lewis camp protests, Boxing Monthly editor Glynn Leach pointed out that Lewis "only seemed to recover his senses once the fight was waved off," and that "in the opinions of everyone I spoke to at ringside, the decision was correct." McCall's win over Lewis marked Don King's return to power in the heavyweight division, since none of his stable of fighters had been able to win the heavyweight title since Mike Tyson lost it in 1990.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    Age 19
    Known as "The Atomic Bull", McCall turned pro in 1985 and slowly worked his way up the heavyweight ranks.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Born
    Born on April 21, 1965.
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