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25 OCTOBER 2014

 

'Atomic Bull' Ready For One More Charge


By Ron Valderrama: He is known as the "Atomic Bull" and won the WBC Heavyweight Title in 1994 beating Lennox Lewis in London.

McCall stunned the boxing world and Lewis in the second round by landing a crushing right hand blow that sent Lewis crashing to the canvas. Lewis stood up before the count but was clearly as stunned as the hometown crowd.

Referee Jose Garcia stopped the fight at 0:31 seconds of the second round, an angry Lewis was quoted as saying "I was clear to fight, I was totally robbed". Garcia had stopped the fight after determining that Lewis was in no condition to continue.

"I’m absolutely sure about what I did. Lennox Lewis was knocked out. To allow more punches to Lewis could have had fatal consequences. My duty is to protect the health of the boxer", said Garcia after the fight.

Oliver McCall began his pro career in 1985 after being twice a winner of the Chicago Golden Gloves. McCall gained great experience whilst spending a few years as a sparring partner to Mike Tyson. McCall, stands at 6’2" and has an 81" reach and great speed for a man his size.

Leading up to the victory over Lewis, McCall defeated Bruce Seldon in 1991 in Atlantic City with an impressive set of punches that had Seldon up against the ropes giving McCall the TKO at 2:37 of the ninth round. McCall would then face Tony Tucker in 1992 in Cleveland for the NABF Heavyweight Title losing the decision.

After his WBC Title win over Lennox Lewis, McCall defended the title with a win over Larry Holmes in Las Vegas. The fight went the distance and McCall won by unanimous decision. He would lose the WBC Title to Frank Bruno in 1995 at Wembley Stadium in London by unanimous decision.

In 1997 McCall faced Lennox Lewis again in Las Vegas for the vacant WBC Heavyweight Title. The fight ended in the fifth round when McCall refused to fight back when he broke down and began crying.

“I am not going to go into why it happened, that was a long time ago, leave that to the tabloids but in the history of boxing he is not the first. Sonny Liston quit once, and what about Roberto Duran’s "No Mas", remember that one? The point is they were all great fighters.

Oliver "The Atomic Bull" is 46 yrs. old now, he has had his problems with the law and drugs, he admits that and wants to put his past issues behind him. The guy is still fighting. After coming out of retirement in 2009, he just won the WBF Intercontinental Heavyweight Title beating Damian Wills, a fighter more than 10 yrs. his junior, his record is currently 56-11, 37 KO’s. This writer had the pleasure of talking to Oliver on Labor Day, he was home with his family in Plantation, Fla.


McCall said he was excited about beating Wills, "Hell I beat a fighter who is 31yrs. Old, " said McCall.

‘The Atomic Bull’ says he wants to fight 1-2 more years, and continues to train everyday. McCall said he will fight anybody but is having a hard time finding anybody who will fight him. McCall insists if you are a boxer and don’t want to fight "Then play volleyball or something".

"I’m starting to respect MMA now, at least those guys fight", said McCall. Oliver also said he is not getting any younger, "I’m older now" and "feel the aches and pains". He says he enjoys watching his kids excel in their careers, his son Mika’il is a running back at the University of Iowa in his freshman year. Oliver said he ran for 61 yards in 9 plays before breaking his right ankle in the season opener. His other son Elijah follows in his fathers footsteps and is a pro heavyweight boxer with a record of 7-1-1, 7KO’s, Oliver says he has natural ability and will be a force to be reckoned with, not bad for this 23 yr. old.

His daughter Jeaneva (21 yrs. old) is a senior at Southern Illinois University and competes in track and field, she has earned four First All-American Honors. McCall says he wants one more shot at a title before he hangs up the gloves for good, who knows for sure, he is still in great shape and seems to be on the right track in and out of the ring. He also said he has a passion for helping the homeless. Oliver works with the Hope Center through his church, First Baptist of Ft. Lauderdale. The Hope Center works with a combination of churches to create one-stop centers for food, housing, clothing, counselling, child care, bus passes and other needs.

September 8, 2011


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