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The best I’ve had: Oliver McCall


Before becoming the author of one of the most shocking apletov 1990-ies, Oliver McCall was known in Boxing circles, countless rounds of sparring with Mike Tyson in his best form. According to rumors, Tyson never was able to shake and, moreover, knock down gifted by nature granite chin gatekeeper.

However, McCall was much more than just a sparring partner, when he went to England and knocked out Lennox Lewis in the fight for the title of world champion under version WBC in the heavyweight division in 1994. Becoming the champion McCall not too long held the title, but, nevertheless, in the end, we had a solid career, which included battles for four decades.

McCall was born in Chicago on April 21, 1965 and was the youngest of nine children in the family who lived in the bad part of town.

“I would definitely say that the difficulties in my life and the life of my family was enough,” says McCall. “But at the time I wasn’t hard in those days, I was happy already just because I have a big family.”

His parents separated, and, in the end, McCall, past some trouble, was in foster care in adolescence. Over time, he became a boxer and for some time fought as an Amateur, collecting a record of 31-2 (28 KOs).

In his early years, career professionals McCall was hired Mike Tyson as a sparring partner.

At the same time, building his own career in the ring, McCall lost to Buster Douglas (UD 10), Orlina Norris (SD 10) and Tony Tucker (SD 12). After losing to Tucker in June 1992, McCall has collected five victories to become the mandatory Challenger for the title of world champion under version WBC.

In September 1994, McCall went to London with trainer Emanuel Steward in his corner, to go the distance in order to Lewis. Underdog McCall stopped the Briton in the second round.

After defeating Larry Holmes and his first title defense McCall returned to London and was peribacteroid Frank Bruno. He came back with two wins, then went for a rematch with Lewis in February 1997.

A bizarre fight ended in the fifth round after the “Atomic Bull” had a mental breakdown and referee mills lane intervened, ending the fight. McCall was fined $ 250,000 from your stated fee of $ 3 million.

McCall was able to continue his career, and, despite the presence of problems with drugs and the law, he fought until 2014. However, he never claimed the title of world champion and finished with a record of 57-14 (37 KOs). Incredibly, the only thing in his record of early defeat was the defeat Lewis, despite the fact that he craiasa with a decent opposition during his career, which lasted almost 30 years.

Now at 53, McCall lives in Texas, is married and has seven children. He has not lost touch with Boxing and trains several fighters.

That’s what exchampion said about the best of those with whom he shared the ring.


LARRY HOLMES: Larry Holmes was definitely the best jab. In battle, he gave me a lot of problems, having such a fast and long right hand, making the blow more effective. He had a stiff jab. The jab I felt in a fight against Larry Holmes, was the kick that I watched his performance in childhood and which made him world champion in heavy weight. Actually it helped me more to use my jab. I think my jab was more like a jab of Larry Holmes, after I fought with him, so in a battle with him I learned a lot


MIKE HUNTER: When I fought Orlin Norris in Florida, he had a good protective style – it was pretty slick. He had good movement and timing. Due to the fact that it was low, it was harder to hit. When I fought with Mike hunter, he was so unorthodox that it was difficult to hit him. Hunter moved unorthodox. He put the right foot in front left, crossed, and still make you miss, and he kept the balance. Mike hunter made Mike Tyson look really bad in sparring. This guy had a lot to learn. I would say Mike was the best.


BUSTER DOUGLAS: he had good hand speed for a heavyweight. Buster Douglas in the form of would be a threat to any heavyweight champion in Boxing history. Buster Douglas, who defeated Tyson in the day could cause problems to any heavyweight in Boxing history.


BRUCE SELDON: When I fought Tony Tucker in Cleveland, his footwork was a bit better than I had hoped. Tony “TNT” Tucker, was 6 feet 5 growth and what he had the skills of footwork and Boxing for a guy his size was impressive. I used to spar with Bruce Seldon and he also needs to be mentioned. He kept the balance pretty well. Choose Bruce Seldon.


HOLMES: That’s a difficult question. It must move to Larry Holmes. I got Larry Holmes a few good shots.


HOLMES: I’ve learned more from Larry Holmes than any other fighter. He taught me a lot. As for thinking, definitely the best was Larry Holmes. His victory in the battle with ray Mercer – that is what made him fight with me a lot harder because, I guess, Larry Holmes thought: “I have just defeated the Mercer.” So he thought that he is able to do the same with me.


FRANK BRUNO: From all my rivals, Bruno better than anyone could knit and wear me down, to lean and to lean on me, hold me and push elbows.


LENNOX LEWIS: there were two and both of them from London. The first one was Bruno. I got hit right in the first round … and it made my eyes swell. It made me cautious, because, after another hit the tumor might burst and I could not normally see in combat. The second time I was impressed in the third round of the second fight with Lennox Lewis. The impact under which I got, it was so strike. I looked over his shoulder and saw his mom was sick that he knocked me out, and I thought that my mom is not there. When he hit me, I was going to hit back, but I broke down. Right punch that hit me, brought me to confusion. I thought, “Wow.” I just shut down. I would choose Lennox. I just assume that popped into my head. Bruno hit me when I had vision problems, but it was not so cruel to cause shock or pain. When Lennox hit me right in the third round, it was a devastating right hand. It still makes me think that I don’t know how I with his hands, able to withstand blows that followed this blow.


HOLMES: I would say, Larry Holmes, if we talk about pure Boxing skills. I was in my best shape, and he had only 25 percent of the best when we fought and he was a champion when I was a kid. He’s the dude I think is the best of the rivals, if we talk about skills.


HOLMES: I should be calling Larry Holmes. In addition to the Boxing skills he possessed other advantages. He had a terrific jab. He was good at Boxing. He knew how not to make the same mistake twice. He knew when he was knocked down, stand up, and still beat you. Like that. He had to endure a lot of criticism. He was a great champion and for me to meet with him was a challenge.