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Old 07-23-2007, 02:46 AM   #1
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Default Truth about Gerald Mclellan - G-Man!

Read a lot about Gerald Mclellan. I want to get to the bottom of his condition post-fight with Nigel Benn. Basically there are the following theories with pluses (+) and minuses (-):

1. Prior injuries, G-Man's chin and accumulation
+ Sparring with a heavyweight - Don King paid off the Dr to allow him to fight after suffering injuries in training
+ Sparring walked through some of Tommy Hearns best bombs
+ First fight with Julian Jackson, arguably the biggest punching middleweight of all time, where G-Man traded.

2. Weight loss
+ Big guy fighting at a weight considerably lighter than his walk-around weight. Losing so much water can dehydrate a person to a point where they are more suscpetible to damage.
+ He punched himself out in round 1 trying to KTOF Benn to add to his weight loss.
- This was his first fight at 168, previously he was at 160.

3. Nigel Benn's power and G-Man's chin
+ Nigel Benn was a renowned puncher. Streetfighting stories of him punching a guys nose across his face or a piece of a guys head attached by a thread. KOed a few granite chinned guys, e.g. Iran Barkley KO 1.
+ During the fight G-Man took many fully extended power punches from Benn.
- Benn couldn't KO Eubank in two fights, although Eubank's was also granite.
- G-Man traded with bigger punches previously.

4. Rabbit punches
+ During many clinches, G-Man was taking rabbit punches to the back of his head from Benn. Some stories state that G-Man wasn't right from round 2 and this may be the reason he wasn't complaining about the rabbit punches, that is because his mind was already elsewhere.
+ The back of the head is an unprotected and susceptible area of the body.

5. Headbutt
+ A headbutt in the mid to late rounds brought an immediate reaction from G-Man. His blinking appeared to increae from that point onwards.
+ It is argued that this started a blood clot.
- It was only Benn's dreadlocks that caught G-Man's eye.

I am only interested in factual evidence that can support the argument. Is there some medical evidence? Are there stories pre or post-fight from G-Man or someone who knew him?

Thanks in advance for your comments.
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Old 07-23-2007, 04:11 PM   #2
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Default Re: Truth about Gerald Mclellan - G-Man!

Nice post although I dont have more to add, I hope some other members do.
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Old 07-23-2007, 05:09 PM   #3
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Default Re: Truth about Gerald Mclellan - G-Man!

Tragic fight, very unfortunate because the fight itself is an excellent one.

It's probably exactly the combination of factors that you mentioned but one cause must stick out. Thing is, a lot of boxing matches are quite dirty; those punches to the back of the head and headbutt (although this was a weird one) are no rarity. McClellan did take a lot of punishement spread over all rounds, which is the common factor in tragic fights like this.
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Old 07-23-2007, 06:34 PM   #4
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Of course there is the argument that the fight should have been stopped in round 1. If it had not been such a big fight and in the very first round perhaps it might have been.
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Old 07-23-2007, 08:43 PM   #5
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that wierd blinking Mclellan was doing was well wierd. I was only a nipper at the time watching the fight with my dad and i knew shit wern't right. Kudos to Benn for surviving the 1st though, if you showed someone the first round only of the fight and then asked 'which one ended up with brain damage' everyone would pick Benn.
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Old 07-23-2007, 11:51 PM   #6
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that wierd blinking Mclellan was doing was well wierd. I was only a nipper at the time watching the fight with my dad and i knew shit wern't right. Kudos to Benn for surviving the 1st though, if you showed someone the first round only of the fight and then asked 'which one ended up with brain damage' everyone would pick Benn.
I'm searching for the truth about this, it could be something the boxing legislators look at.
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Old 07-24-2007, 12:53 AM   #7
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that wierd blinking Mclellan was doing was well weird.
that really caught my attention. i knew something was very wrong.

i must say i really gave little credence to g-man taking out jackson because jackson was never mor that a 154 guy and jj was a lightheavy masquerading as a middle. the size difference was incredibly obvious in the ring.
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Old 07-24-2007, 09:57 AM   #8
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Its a shame the fight ended the way it did, Mclellan corner should have known something was wrong with there fighter he was blinking all the time and he couldn't keep his mouth piece in either.
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