Jameel McCline

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Jameel McCline
Jameel McCline vs. Samuel Peter.jpg
McCline (on the left) in October 2007
Statistics
Real nameJameel McCline
Nickname(s)Big Time
Rated atHeavyweight
Height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Reach82 in (208 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1970-05-20) May 20, 1970 (age 44)
New York City, New York, U.S.
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights57
Wins41
Wins by KO24
Losses13
Draws3
No contests0
 
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Jameel McCline
Jameel McCline vs. Samuel Peter.jpg
McCline (on the left) in October 2007
Statistics
Real nameJameel McCline
Nickname(s)Big Time
Rated atHeavyweight
Height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Reach82 in (208 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1970-05-20) May 20, 1970 (age 44)
New York City, New York, U.S.
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights57
Wins41
Wins by KO24
Losses13
Draws3
No contests0

Jameel “Big Time” McCline (born May 20, 1970) is a professional heavyweight boxer, notable for his size, at 6'6" and over 260 lbs. McCline is managed by Scott Hirsch and trained by Mathew Drayton.

Life Before Boxing[edit]

McCline grew up in Harlem, New York City, living in group homes, foster homes, and orphanages where he learned to live independently. Graduating from Comsewogue High School in Port Jefferson Station, New York

McCline spent five years in prison for gun running prior to becoming a professional fighter.[1] Also earning a degree in Liberal Arts at New York Institute of Technology after his release from prison.

Professional career[edit]

Starting at the late age of 25 years old and having no amateur experience, McCline has taken part in four world Heavyweight title clashes with Chris Byrd, Wladimir Klitschko, Nikolai Valuev and Samuel Peter, losing all four times. Uniquely, each of these title bouts was for a different version of the world title. He has captured several wins against notable fighters, including Alfred Cole, Michael Grant, Lance Whitaker, Shannon Briggs, Charles Shufford, Cedric Boswell, and Terry Smith but has been unable to replicate these performances in title fight situations, although the loss to Chris Byrd was by only one point in a very controversial split decision. Also losing a championship fight in which he had the champion (Sam Peter) down three times during the fight. In addition to the aforementioned title fight losses, he has lost to Greg Pickrom, Calvin Brock and was upset by the underdog Zuri Lawrence in 2005. After which, he went on a six fight win streak that led him back to a World Title fight.

On January 20, 2007 McCline challenged WBA heavyweight title holder Nikolai Valuev, in what was the first ever heavyweight title fight on Swiss soil. The fight was also reportedly the "biggest" championship fight in history, with the two fighters having a combined weight of approximately 600 pounds (270 kilograms) on fight night. Valuev was declared the winner by TKO when McCline suffered a patellar tendon rupture of his left knee at the end of the third round while throwing a punch and was unable to continue. At the time of the stoppage McCline was behind on only 1 of the judges scorecards.

Jimmy Lennon, Jr. making the fighter introductions before the Samuel Peter fight at the Madison Square Garden in October 2007.

McCline was most recently set to face Vitali Klitschko, in the latter’s first fight back since retiring from the ring in 2005, but due to an injury Klitschko was forced to pull out, and instead McCline fought Samuel Peter on 6 October 2007 for Peter's WBC Interim title. Despite managing to put Peter on the canvas 3 times in the early rounds of the fight (the first knockdowns of Peter's career) McCline would go on to lose to a controversial unanimous decision on the judges scorecards.

On March 8, 2008 McCline faced former two-time WBA heavyweight title holder John Ruiz in Mexico. McCline lost a unanimous decision in a 12 round scheduled bout.

In McCline's most recent bout he defeated Mike Mollo by unanimous decision on November 7, 2008.

He fought Chris Arreola on April 11, 2009 on the undercard of the Paul Williams vs. Winky Wright bout but lost the fight by 4th round knockout.

He made a comeback on December 3, 2011, where he defeated Dennis McKinney by TKO in the 4th round. The venue for the fight was Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Steroid Allegations[edit]

Just prior to his bout with Peter, it was reported by the New York Daily News that McCline had received more than $12,000 of drugs including the steroids stanozolol and nandrolone, along with human growth hormone, testosterone and tamoxifen from Signature Pharmacy in 2005 and 2006. Although, he never tested positive for steroid use, which is a requirement for all world title bouts.

Professional boxing record[edit]

41 Wins (24 knockouts), 13 Losses, 3 Draws [1]
ResultRecordOpponentTypeRoundsDateLocationNotes
Loss41-13-3Russia Magomed AbdusalamovTKO2 (10)08/09/2012Russia Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, RussiaFor vacant WBC United States (USNBC) heavyweight title. Abdusalamov down in round 1.
Loss41-12-3Poland Artur SzpilkaUD1030/06/2012Poland Atlas Arena, Łódź, Poland
Win41-11-3Colombia Livin CastilloSD831/03/2012United States Hamilton Manor, Hamilton Township, New Jersey, United States
Loss40-11-3United States Harold SconiersMD804/02/2012United States Guilford Convention Center, Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
Win40-10-3United States Dennis McKinneyTKO4 (10)03/12/2011United States Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
Loss39-10-3United States Chris ArreolaKO4 (12)11/04/2009United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFor NABF & WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight titles. McCline knocked out by an overhand right to the jaw. He attempted to rise from the canvas, but was unable to beat the count.
Win39-9-3United States Mike MolloUD1207/11/2008China Sichuan Gymnasium, Chengdu, ChinaWBC Heavyweight title eliminator.
Loss38-9-3United States John RuizUD1208/03/2008Mexico Plaza de Toros, Cancun, Quintana Roo, MexicoWBC Heavyweight title eliminator.
Loss38-8-3Nigeria Samuel PeterUD1206/10/2007United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United StatesFor interim WBC Heavyweight title. Peter was down once in the 2nd round, and twice in the 3rd round.
Loss38-7-3Russia Nikolai ValuevRTD3 (12)20/01/2007Switzerland St. Jakob Halle, Basel, SwitzerlandFor WBA World Heavyweight title. McCline suffered a knee injury and couldn't continue to fight.
Win38-6-3United States Terry SmithUD1021/07/2006United States Million Dollar Elm Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma, United StatesWon vacant WBO NABO Heavyweight title. McCline would relinquish the NABO title to pursue a WBA world title fight against Valuev in January 2007.
Win37-6-3United States Marcus RhodeKO2 (10)02/06/2006United States Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida, United States
Win36-6-3United States Rob CallowayUD1026/04/2006United States Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, United States
Win35-6-3United States Marcus McGeeUD1024/03/2006United States Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida, United States
Win34-6-3United States Dan WardKO1 (10)27/01/2006United States Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida, United States
Win33-6-3United States Andy SampleKO1 (10)26/11/2005United States Convention Center, Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
Loss32-6-3United States Zuri LawrenceUD1021/10/2005United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win32-5-3United States Steve PannellKO3 (10)26/08/2005United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida, United States
Loss31-5-3United States Calvin BrockUD1023/04/2005United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesBrock cut over left eye in round 1 and down in round 7.
Loss31-4-3United States Chris ByrdSD1213/11/2004United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United StatesFor IBF Heavyweight title. Byrd was down in the 2nd round.
Win31-3-3United Kingdom Wayne LlewellynTKO1 (10)15/04/2004United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, New York, United States
Win30-3-3United States Cedric BoswellTKO10 (10)03/10/2003United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win29-3-3United States Charles ShuffordTKO3 (10)09/05/2003United States Bally's Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss28-3-3Ukraine Wladimir KlitschkoRTD10 (12)07/12/2002United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFor WBO Heavyweight title. McCline down in 10th. McCline's corner stops the bout after 10th.
Win28-2-3United States Shannon BriggsUD1027/04/2002United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United StatesBriggs down in round 6.
Win27-2-3United States Lance WhitakerUD1201/12/2001United States Jacob Javits Center, New York, New York, United StatesWon WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title.
Win26-2-3United States Michael GrantTKO1 (10)21/07/2001United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesGrant down from first punch of the fight. Referee stops the fight after Grant says his ankle might be broken.
Win25-2-3United States Alfred ColeUD1025/05/2001United States Norfolk, Virginia, United StatesCole down in round 8.
Win24-2-3Nigeria King IpitanTKO1 (10)24/01/2001United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win23-2-3The Bahamas Reynaldo MinusUD814/09/2000United States New York, New York, United States
Win22-2-3United States Sedreck FieldsUD1027/07/2000United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, New York, United States
Draw21-2-3The Bahamas Sherman WilliamsPTS1029/06/2000United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, New York, United States
Win21-2-2United States Eddie RichardsonUD831/03/2000United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, New York, United States
Draw20-2-2United States Ron GuerreroPTS827/01/2000United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, New York, United States
Win20-2-1United States Jimmy HaynesTKO3 (10)14/09/1999United States Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, New York, United States
Win19-2-1United States Harry DanielsPTS624/06/1999United States Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win18-2-1United States Garing LanePTS827/03/1999United States Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida, United States
Win17-2-1United States Bryant SmithSD804/12/1998United States Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
Win16-2-1United States Mike DixonTKO1 (?)04/12/1998United States Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Win15-2-1United States Guy SonnenbergTKO5 (?)24/09/1998United States Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win14-2-1United States Kimmuel OdumKO4 (?)27/08/1998United States Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win13-2-1United States Shane HykesKO2 (?)30/07/1998United States Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win12-2-1United States Carlton DavisKO1 (?)25/06/1998United States Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win11-2-1United States Floyd WomackTKO2 (6)04/04/1998United States Sons Of Italy, Lake Worth, Florida, United States
Win10-2-1United States Robert ColayTKO5 (6)21/03/1998United States National Guard Armory, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Win9-2-1United States Marcus HardenUD425/02/1998United States The Ritz, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Win8-2-1United States Frankie HinesKO1 (?)29/01/1998United States Richmond, Virginia, United States
Win7-2-1Jamaica Rowyan WallaceKO2 (?)01/11/1997United States Apollo Theater, New York, New York, United States
Win6-2-1United States Charles CuePTS627/09/1997United States Shepherd's Gym, West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Win5-2-1United States Curt PaigePTS415/07/1997United States Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, New York, United States
Win4-2-1United States Mark WhittakerTKO3 (4)05/05/1997United States Harrah's Marina Hotel Casin, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win3-2-1United States Charlie BrazellKO1 (?)21/08/1996United States The Ritz, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Loss2-2-1United States Greg PickromUD812/04/1996United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States
Draw2-1-1United States Albert WilliamsPTS415/03/1996United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win2–1United States Dwayne EvansKO1 (4)09/02/1996United States Tropworld Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss1–1United States Gary BellKO1 (?)18/11/1995United States Tropworld Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win1–0United States Brian NixTKO1 (?)10/10/1995United States Rochester, New York, United StatesCut lip stoppage.

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