Oliver McCall - Ex-Champ Watch!

16.08.05 - By Michael Amakor: On the under card of the Rahman versus Barrett WBC Heavyweight title Interim bout, former champion Oliver Mccall scored a fourth round technical knockout victory over ex European Champion Przemyslaw Saleta atmthe United Center in Chicago. Most boxing fans may remember Oliver because of the bizarre incident when he suffered an emotional breakdown in the ring against Lennox Lewis for the vacant WBC title back in 1997, but that was a long time ago.

Since that episode, he has amassed a fourteen fight winning streak before losing a close decision to Davaryll Williamson just this past November. However, this recent victory against Saleta has him winning five fights in a row in 2005 alone. He now sports a record of 45 wins and eight losses.

I would like to thank Don King for his willingness to give former champions like McCall a chance, long after the proverbial short memories of boxing fans elapses. Need I mention to any critic that this was the second to the last man to beat Lewis. He has also beaten the legendary Larry Holmes and Henry Akinwande, and by all accounts, roughed up a prime Mike Tyson during a sparring session.

If an undeserving Andrew Golota can get three title shots in a row, why not the still powerful and ever hungry forty year old Mccall, who you would reckon would have stood a better chance against the slow footed John Ruiz or the elusive Byrd if those fights are ever made. We can send McCall off into the sunset with some prize money, and during the process find out before it is too late whether he still has one last great fight still left in him, as Larry Merchant is often known to quip about.

Punch On

Article posted on 17.08.2005

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