Mike McCallum

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Mike McCallum
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Real nameMichael McCallum
Nickname(s)The Bodysnatcher
Rated atLight Middleweight (154lbs)
Middleweight (160lbs)
Light Heavyweight (175lbs)
Cruiserweight (190lbs)
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Reach74 in (188 cm)
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 nameMichael McCallum
Nickname(s)The Bodysnatcher
Rated atLight Middleweight (154lbs)
Middleweight (160lbs)
Light Heavyweight (175lbs)
Cruiserweight (190lbs)
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Reach74 in (188 cm)
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 professional boxer. He was nicknamed "The Body Snatcher" for his fierce body punching. McCallum is a former multi-weight world champion, and one of the finest boxers of the modern era.

Notable Fights[edit]


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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

Professional boxing record[edit]

49 Wins (36 KOs), 5 Losses, 1 Draw [2]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
Loss49-5-1United States James ToneyUD1222/02/1997United States Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Loss49-4-1United States Roy Jones, Jr.UD1222/11/1996United States Tampa, Florida, United StatesFor vacant Interim WBC light-heavyweight title.
Win49-3-1Germany Ali SaidiUD1022/06/1996United States Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Loss48-3-1France Fabrice TiozzoUD1216/06/1995France Lyon, Rhone, FranceLost WBC light-heavyweight title.
Win48-2-1United States Carl JonesTKO725/02/1995United Kingdom Millwall, London, EnglandRetained WBC light-heavyweight title.
Win47-2-1Australia Jeff HardingUD1223/07/1994United States Bismarck, North Dakota, United StatesWon WBC light-heavyweight title.
Win46-2-1United States Randall YonkerTKO504/03/1994United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesWon Interim WBC light-heavyweight title.
Win45-2-1United States Glenn ThomasUD1014/08/1993United Kingdom Hammersmith, London, England
Win44-2-1Jordan Ramzi HassanUD1025/03/1993France Amiens, Somme, France
Loss43-2-1United States James ToneyMD1229/08/1992United States Reno, Nevada, United StatesFor Lineal/IBF middleweight titles.
Win43-1-1Venezuela Fermin ChirinoUD1021/05/1992United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Draw42-1-1United States James ToneyPTS1213/12/1991United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesForLineal/IBF middleweight titles.
Win42-1United States Nicky WalkerRTD510/10/1991United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win41-1Chile Carlos CruzatUD1029/08/1991United States Reno, Nevada, United States
Win40-1Italy Sumbu KalambaySD1201/04/1991Monaco Monte Carlo, MonacoRetained WBA middleweight title.
Win39-1United States Frank MintonTKO419/02/1991United States 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 CollinsUD1203/02/1990United States 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 McCluskeyTKO227/06/1988United States New York City, United States
Loss32-1Italy Sumbu KalambayUD1205/03/1988Italy Pesaro, Marche, ItalyFor WBA middleweight title.
Win32-0United States Donald CurryKO518/07/1987United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesRetained WBA light-middleweight title.
Win31-0United States Milton McCroryTKO1019/04/1987United States 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 JacksonTKO223/08/1986United States Miami Beach, Florida, United StatesRetained WBA light-middleweight title.
Win26-0United States Jimmy ShaversTKO602/05/1986United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win25-0United States David BraxtonTKO828/07/1985United States Miami, Florida, United StatesRetained WBA light-middleweight title.
Win24-0"Ferdinand" Marcos MartinezTKO215/06/1985United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win23-0Italy Luigi MinchilloTKO1301/12/1984Italy Milan, Lombardia, ItalyRetained WBA light-middleweight title.
Win22-0Republic of Ireland Sean MannionUD1519/10/1984United States New York City, United StatesWon vacant WBA light-middleweight title.
Win21-0United States Hasim RazzaqKO110/03/1984United States Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win20-0Puerto Rico Manuel JiminezUD1025/10/1983United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win19-0Dominican Republic Jose VallejoTKO631/08/1983United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win18-0United States Tony SueroTKO326/04/1983United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win17-0Uganda Ayub KaluleRTD713/11/1982United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesKalule retired at 3:00 of the seventh round.
Win16-0Puerto Rico Carlos "Cano" BetancourtTKO322/10/1982United States New York City, United States
Win15-0United States Kevin PerryUD1011/06/1982United States New York City, United States
Win14-0Guyana Reggie FordTKO430/04/1982United States New York City, United States
Win13-0Dominican Republic Gilberto AlmonteKO126/03/1982Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica
Win12-0United States Greg YoungTKO522/01/1982United States New York City, United StatesReferee stopped the bout at 0:29 of the fifth round.
Win11-0United States Jimmy HeairTKO208/10/1981United States Tampa, Florida, United States
Win10-0United States Ed "Hurricane" HarrisKO108/09/1981United States Tampa, Florida, United States
Win9–0Cuba Tirso RoqueKO327/08/1981United States Tampa, Florida, United States
Win8-0United States Bruce "Mouse" StraussTKO319/07/1981United States Warren, Ohio, United States
Win7-0United States Freddie CreechKO310/06/1981United States Tampa, Florida, United States
Win6-0United States "Prince" Charles SmithKO330/04/1981United States Tampa, Florida, United States
Win5-0United States Danny "Thunderhand" ChapmanTKO424/04/1981United States New York City, United StatesReferee stopped the bout at 2:09 of the fourth round.
Win4-0United States Shelby WilkersonKO502/04/1981United States Tampa, Florida, United States
Win3-0United States Ricky SheppardKO519/03/1981United States Tampa, Florida, United States
Win2-0United States Rocky FabrizioKO103/03/1981United States Tampa, Florida, United States
Win1-0United States Rigoberto LopezKO414/01/1981United States 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