McCall’s managers Lee Holliday, & Frank McCall: “We want Peter, and with us money is not an obstacle!”

oliver mccall13.07.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: With Oleg Maskaev and his promoter Dennis Rappaport looking to avoid fighting Samuel Peter, citing money, and God knows what else, the question is who will step up to the plate and get it on with Sam Peter for the interim belt? The WBC looks about ready to announce an interim bout, and while their credibility is already on life support with champion on top of champion being created without actually fighting, the promises they are making and the rankings they are faking, won’t bring them back from critical into somewhat stable condition.

When Oliver McCall beat Sinan Samil Sam in Turkey, he was promised a title shot and the #2 spot by none other then, the president of the WBC, Jose Suliman.

For some strange reason (in reality this is the standard buck for boxing and there is nothing unusual here), the WBC rankings claim that Vladimir Virchis, who has not fought in any eliminators, is somehow ahead of the “Atomic Bull.” If there is to be an interim fight then it seems only “UN”fair to put Virchis in their against Peter and sink the reputation of that organization further into quicksand.

With that in mind, good old Slava contacted Oliver the “Atomic Bull’s” managers, Frank McCall, and Lee Holliday, and allowed them to publicly proclaim what we are all probably thinking at this point:

Lee Holliday: It is quite interesting that we are at #3 in the WBC rankings even though we were promised the #2 position by Suleiman. Vladimir Virchis had the opportunity to fight for that spot and decided not to. Now all of a sudden, Oliver beats Sam, and the WBC declares Virchis it’s #2? How does that entitle you to that position when you specifically declined fighting in an eliminator? Virchis didn’t travel to Turkey. Virchis didn’t fight for the WBC intercontinental belt.

I guarantee that had Samil Sam won the fight, with his promoter’s clout, they would be #2. If they are talking about an interim fight then it would easily be between Sam and Sam right now.

We called our promoter Leon over at Warriors, and we agreed that the WBC, besides Maskaev’s lawsuit, is opening themselves up for yet another one. Leon told us he has taken all the proper procedures in case we have to resort to this option. A lot of guys have issues with their promoters but with us, we have a good working relationship, and feel and believe that he is working in our best interest in this regard anyway.

I feel it very important to mention that because with a lot of these other guys, you have a situation where they don’t control their own destinies. With Maskaev, with Peter, it is usually their promoters hurling insults back and forth, while the fighters are sitting on the sidelines. They aren’t like Winky Wright, or Bernard Hopkins who can make those decisions themselves without having somebody else do it for them. Maskaev would probably take the fight with Peter if it wasn’t for his promoter.

We don’t need a mediator, and are working together with our promoter, Warriors, to make things happen. Hopefully the WBC will do the right thing. In fact, Virchis can keep his rating if we get our opportunity to fight for the interim belt.

Frank McCall: I spoke to Oliver, who is on vacation now with his family, and he told me straight out he will fight Peter. Oliver has already proven he is still a bonafide fighter and not one of these old guys coming back for a free check. Why is it so hard for the WBC to give him his due? Even on ESB with all the people taking potshots at him with the drugs and such. He has always taken it in stride and kept on fighting, and has hung around for years, and continues to take on anyone he needs to in order to get back in the picture.

If need be he would fight Vitali. In fact the two names, besides Peter, we discussed in the last few days with him are Holyfield, who wouldn’t fight Oliver if his life depended on it, and Klitschko. Problem is Klitschko is fighting McCline, and Holyfield has turned a fight with us down 3 times, but I told Oliver that if we don’t get the interim belt I will contact Evander’s people again.

Leon, our promoter, is ready to throw our name into the hat for the interim belt. We want it made public and to make it known to the WBC that we want that fight. Oliver is willing and able.

(Responding to question on whether money should be an obstacle)

Lee Holliday: To us money is not an obstacle. We will get the fair market value for it, and on a more intangible level the fight will pay for itself and so will the belt. If they really want to do it, once they give us the split, you won’t have to wait a month or a week, because we will have it agreed upon within the day.

We are not here to waste time. We will have it done. If it was us with that 45-55 split against Peter the fight would be signed in the blink of an eye. We are not even looking to get into this whole shuffle and legal love affair between the other guys, because mark my words the WBC will have 3 champions once this is said and done.

We just want Oliver to get his opportunity, which he earned, was promised to, and quite frankly deserves.

Thanks for calling us and helping make our interests public. (end quote)

Stay tuned for more on this development.

Article posted on 14.07.2007

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