Profile: Kevin McBride

06.06.05 - Irish heavyweight champion Kevin McBride hopes that the third time will be the lucky charm for him against Mike Tyson. Their June 11 fight in Washington D.C. is the third time they’ve been rumored to be matched. Failed negotiations concerning Kevin’s purse negated the first two opportunities McBride has against “Iron” Mike.. In 1995, 17-0-1 McBride was supposed to be Tyson’s first opponent for his comeback after serving four years in prison. Peter McNeeley eventually replaced McBride. Last year, Kevin was offered a match against Tyson, but once again purse negotiations broke down and Danny Williams fought Tyson.

McBride (photo by Tom Casino/Showtime) started boxing at the age of 9 as a means of defense from neighborhood bullies that were picking on him because of a speech impediment. Originally a member of the Clones Amateur Boxing Club, Kevin switched allegiances two years later to the Smithboro Boxing Club of County Monaghan. Under the coaching of Frank Mulligan, who trained Kevin throughout his amateur career and first 17 pro bouts, McBride captured three All-Ireland titles, highlighted by the 1992 Senior Super Heavyweight crown that qualified him for the 1992 Olympic Trials in Denmark, where earned a position on the Irish Olympic Boxing Team. Mulligan, incidently, coached another Clones fighter, 2005 Boxing Hall of Fame inductee and former world featherweight champion Barry “Clones Cyclone” McGuigan.

At 18, Kevin became the youngest super heavyweight to compete in the Olympics and although he didn’t medal at Barcelona (Spain), he was part of Ireland’s most successful Olympic boxing team, including gold medal winner Michael Carruth and silver medalist Wayne McCullough, who later became world bantamweight champion as a professional.

In 1992, McBride turned pro, signing with British promoter Frank Warren and later with British promoter Panos Eliades and manager Frank Maloney, the management team behind world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis. Kevin fought to a four-round draw with Gary Charlton in his pro debut (Dec. 17, 1992) and then went on to win his next 19 fights.

His first loss was in 1997 to Louis Monaco. Two fights later (June 2), McBride captured the vacant All-Ireland heavyweight title via a fifth-round TKO of Paul Douglas in Waterfront Hall in Douglas’ hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

McBride suffered a loss to world heavyweight contender Axel Shultz in 1997 and two years later, thanks to his friend (former WBO super middleweight champion) Steve “Celtic Warrior” Collins, Kevin relocated in boxing and started training with Goody Petronelli, who had trained Collins as well as undisputed world middleweight champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Shortly after, Kevin recorded his most significant victory to date, a unanimous 10-round decision versus 19-1 Willie Phillips.

In 2002, McBride suffered his last loss when he was stopped by future world-class heavyweight 12-1 DaVarryl “Touch of Sleep” Williamson in five rounds due to McBride’s cuts.

McBride has won his last seven fights in a row, all by knockout: (25-7) Gary Winmon (TKO2), Bahamian champion (16-11) Reynaldo Minus, (23-11-1) Craig Tomlinson (KO3) for the vacant IBC Americas heavyweight belt, (18-4-2) Najee Shaheed (TKO9) in an IBC Americas title defense, (14-26-3) Lenzie Morgan (KO1), (29-22-1) Marcus Rhode (KO3) and (15-2-1) Kevin Montiy (TKO5) in his last ring action (March 18, 2005).

The Luck of the Irish hasn’t always been in the corner with “The Clones Colossus.” Beside the first two failed proposals to fight Tyson, Kevin lost out on an opportunity to fight Danny Williams, who had defeated Tyson (July 30, 2004) as McBride’s replacement. Late last year, Frank Warren’s Sport Network reportedly presented McBride a six-figure offer to fight Williams at the Excel Centre in London. Unfortunately, at least for McBride, Williams instead opted to unsuccessfully challenge WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko for $1-million.

Last December McBride, who had been ranked as high as No. 27 by the World Boxing Council, was dropped from the WBC ratings due to inactivity resulting from the time spent negotiating for the aforementioned Tyson and Williams fights.

McBride has learned from sparring with Lewis, WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz, IBF heavyweight title-holder Chris Byrd, Williamson, hot prospect Calvin Brock and others.

Kevin McBride presently is now self promoted and self managed. His head trainer is Goody Petronelli, who trained world champions Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Steve “Celtic Warrior” Collins.

Tyson - McBride will be produced and distributed by Showtime Pay Per View and is promoted by Raging Promotions, in association with The Stuckey Group and PMG. Tyson - McBride will be available to over 50 million pay per view homes.

UK Booking Details:

Live From The MCI Centre, Washington, D.C.
Saturday, June 11 9:00PM ET/02:00AM GMT
SETANTA PPV1, Sky Channel 438

OR CALL: 08708 500 005 (UK) / 01 834 0032 (ROI)

Article posted on 06.06.2005

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