Mike McCallum

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Mike McCallum
Statistics
Real nameMike McCallum
Nickname(s)The Bodysnatcher
Rated atMiddleweight
Light Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
NationalityJamaican
Born(1956-12-07) 7 December 1956 (age 57)
Kingston, Jamaica
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights55
Wins49
Wins by KO36
Losses5
Draws1
No contests1
 
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Mike McCallum
Statistics
Real nameMike McCallum
Nickname(s)The Bodysnatcher
Rated atMiddleweight
Light Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
NationalityJamaican
Born(1956-12-07) 7 December 1956 (age 57)
Kingston, Jamaica
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights55
Wins49
Wins by KO36
Losses5
Draws1
No contests1

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]

Amateur career[edit]

Mike McCallum
Medal record
Men's Boxing
Competitor for  Jamaica
Commonwealth Games
Gold1978 EdmontonWelterweight
Pan-American Games
Silver1979 San JuanWelterweight

Claimed an amateur record of 240–10

Professional career[edit]

Light-middleweight[edit]

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 two-weight world champion 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]

Middleweight[edit]

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

Light-heavyweight[edit]

McCallum then moved up two weight divisions and won the Interim WBC light-heavyweight title against Randall Yonker, then won the full WBC 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. At 40 years of age, he attempted to regain the vacant Interim WBC title against Roy Jones Jr in December 1996, but lost by a wide decision.

In his last fight, McCallum lost a rubber match to James Toney via a unanimous decision in a cruiserweight bout.

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

Professional boxing record[edit]

49 Wins (36 KOs), 5 Losses, 1 Draw [2]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
Loss49-5-1United States James ToneyUD1222/02/1997Connecticut Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Loss49-4-1United States Roy Jones, Jr.UD1222/11/1996Florida Tampa, Florida, United StatesFor vacant Interim WBC light-heavyweight title.
Win49-3-1Germany Ali SaidiUD1022/06/1996Germany Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Loss48-3-1France Fabrice TiozzoUD1216/06/1995France Lyon, Rhone, FranceLost WBC light-heavyweight title.
Win48-2-1United States Carl JonesTKO725/02/1995England Millwall, London, EnglandRetained WBC light-heavyweight title.
Win47-2-1Australia Jeff HardingUD1223/07/1994North Dakota Bismarck, North Dakota, United StatesWon WBC light-heavyweight title.
Win46-2-1United States Randall YonkerTKO504/03/1994Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesWon Interim WBC light-heavyweight title.
Win45-2-1United States Glenn ThomasUD1014/08/1993England Hammersmith, London, England
Win44-2-1Jordan Ramzi HassanUD1025/03/1993France Amiens, Somme, France
Loss43-2-1United States James ToneyMD1229/08/1992Nevada Reno, Nevada, United StatesFor Lineal/IBF middleweight titles.
Win43-1-1Venezuela Fermin ChirinoUD1021/05/1992Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Draw42-1-1United States James ToneyPTS1213/12/1991New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesForLineal/IBF middleweight titles.
Win42-1United States Nicky WalkerRTD510/10/1991Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win41-1Chile Carlos CruzatUD1029/08/1991Nevada Reno, Nevada, United States
Win40-1Italy Sumbu KalambaySD1201/04/1991Monaco Monte Carlo, MonacoRetained WBA middleweight title.
Win39-1United States Frank MintonTKO419/02/1991Missouri Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win38-1United Kingdom Michael WatsonKO1114/04/1990United Kingdom Kensington, London, United KingdomRetained WBA middleweight title.
Win37-1Republic of Ireland Steve CollinsUD1203/02/1990Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United StatesRetained WBA middleweight title.
Win36-1United Kingdom Herol GrahamSD1210/05/1989United Kingdom Kensington, London, United KingdomWon vacant WBA middleweight title.
Win35-1United States Ralph MoncriefTKO509/01/1989France Nogent-le-Phaye, Eure-et-Loir, France
Win34-1United States Randy "Manster" SmithUD1022/12/1988France Vincennes, Val-de-Marne, France
Win33-1United States David McCluskeyTKO227/06/1988New York New York City, United States
Loss32-1Italy Sumbu KalambayUD1205/03/1988Italy Pesaro, Marche, ItalyFor WBA middleweight title.
Win32-0United States Donald CurryKO518/07/1987Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesRetained WBA light-middleweight title.
Win31-0United States Milton McCroryTKO1019/04/1987Arizona Phoenix, Arizona, United StatesRetained WBA light-middleweight title.
Win30-0United Kingdom Leroy HesterKO121/03/1987Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica
Win29-0France Said SkoumaTKO925/10/1986France Paris, FranceRetained WBA light-middleweight title.
Win28-0United States Irving HinesTKO415/09/1986France Paris, France
Win27–0United States Virgin Islands Julian JacksonTKO223/08/1986Florida Miami Beach, Florida, United StatesRetained WBA light-middleweight title.
Win26-0United States Jimmy ShaversTKO602/05/1986New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win25-0United States David BraxtonTKO828/07/1985Florida Miami, Florida, United StatesRetained WBA light-middleweight title.
Win24-0"Ferdinand" Marcos MartinezTKO215/06/1985Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win23-0Italy Luigi MinchilloTKO1301/12/1984Italy Milan, Lombardia, ItalyRetained WBA light-middleweight title.
Win22-0Republic of Ireland Sean MannionUD1519/10/1984New York New York City, United StatesWon vacant WBA light-middleweight title.
Win21-0United States Hasim RazzaqKO110/03/1984Michigan Detroit, Michigan, United StatesWin20-0Puerto Rico Manuel JiminezUD1025/10/1983New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesWin19-0Dominican Republic Jose VallejoTKO631/08/1983New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesWin18-0United States Tony SueroTKO326/04/1983New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesWin17-0Uganda Ayub KaluleRTD713/11/1982New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesKalule retired at 3:00 of the seventh round.Win16-0Puerto Rico Carlos "Cano" BetancourtTKO322/10/1982New York New York City, United StatesWin15-0United States Kevin PerryUD1011/06/1982New York New York City, United StatesWin14-0Guyana Reggie FordTKO430/04/1982New York New York City, United StatesWin13-0Dominican Republic Gilberto AlmonteKO126/03/1982Jamaica Kingston, JamaicaWin12-0United States Greg YoungTKO522/01/1982New York New York City, United StatesReferee stopped the bout at 0:29 of the fifth round.Win11-0United States Jimmy HeairTKO208/10/1981Florida Tampa, Florida, United StatesWin10-0United States Ed "Hurricane" HarrisKO108/09/1981Florida Tampa, Florida, United StatesWin9–0Cuba Tirso RoqueKO327/08/1981Florida Tampa, Florida, United StatesWin8-0United States Bruce "Mouse" StraussTKO319/07/1981Ohio Warren, Ohio, United StatesWin7-0United States Freddie CreechKO310/06/1981Florida Tampa, Florida, United StatesWin6-0United States "Prince" Charles SmithKO330/04/1981Florida Tampa, Florida, United StatesWin5-0United States Danny "Thunderhand" ChapmanTKO424/04/1981New York New York City, United StatesReferee stopped the bout at 2:09 of the fourth round.Win4-0United States Shelby WilkersonKO502/04/1981Florida Tampa, Florida, United StatesWin3-0United States Ricky SheppardKO519/03/1981Florida Tampa, Florida, United StatesWin2-0United States Rocky FabrizioKO103/03/1981Florida Tampa, Florida, United States
Win1-0United States Rigoberto LopezKO414/01/1981Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesProfessional debut.

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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