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Old 10-08-2012, 12:45 AM   #23
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Default Re: School me on Mike McCallum

All-time great P4P fighter who was never a household name. Almost fought Duran and Hearns in the 80's... but those fights obviously never happened.

Mike "Bodysnatcher" McCallum went 49-5-1 (36) overall and 14-4-1 (9) in World Title Fights at JMW, MW, and LHW. He also went 10-0 (7) at SMW but never fought for a World title at that weight. He was only down twice and never stopped. Thomas "Hitman" Hearns nicknamed him Bodysnatcher during the brief time McCallum was a KRONK fighter.

At JMW-

He knocked out Julian Jackson in the 2nd round.

He knocked out Donald Curry in the 5th round.


At MW-

He went 1-1 vs. Sumbu Kalambay. He lost a very close decision to Kalambay in Kalambay's hometown in Italy. He beat Kalambay by close decision in the rematch (in Monaco, not far from Italy).

He beat Herol Graham by decision in England.

He beat Steve Collins by decision in front of an Irish American crowd in Boston.

He knocked out Michael Watson in the 11th round in England.

He drew with a prime James Toney at age 35. He lost a MD to Toney in their 2nd fight but outlanded Toney by more than 100 punches. They fought a 3rd time at CW, it was McCallum's last fight, W12 Toney (close fight).


At LHW-

He beat Jeff Harding by decision.


He was dropped for the first time by Fabrice Tiozzo in his 52nd fight. He was 39 years old. W12 Tiozzo.

He was dropped for the 2nd time (he was never down again) by a prime Roy Jones Jr. at the age of 40, his 54th fight. W12 Jones.
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