Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Despite fighting in his opponent’s backyard in Ankara, Turkey, former world heavyweight champion Oliver McCall moved a step closer to regaining the crown he once held on Saturday, as he battered and outpointed Sinan Samil Sam over 12 rounds to win the WBC international championship and earn a shot at the WBC crown currently held by Oleg Maskaev.
“Maskaev, Sam Peter, Vitali Klitschko, it don’t matter,” said McCall when discussing the fighters currently embroiled in their own battles for the WBC crown. “I already knocked out Maskaev once, I wouldn’t mind exposing Peter as all hype, and I could send Klitschko back into retirement. I just want my title shot and I’m gonna get my belt back. Mr. Sulaiman said the winner of my fight with Sam will get a title shot, and I know him to be a man of his word. I can’t wait!”
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Both of the big-time heavyweights on Saturday night’s Night of the Heavyweights card were victorious in dominant fashion…
Former heavyweight champion Michael Moorer stopped Mike Tyson look-a-like Cliff Couser in the first round of their fight. Couser actually took to the offensive early on in the fight, pushing Moorer against the ropes with combinations of lefts and rights. Couser landed a hard body shot while Moorer was backing into the ropes but Moorer was able to counter with a right hook that sent Couser to the canvas.
Couser was visibly knocked out and the referee didn’t even bother to administer a 10 count, declaring Moorer the winner.
After the fight, Moorer was proud of his training efforts coming into the bout:
“This is the reward of working hard to prepare for the fight,” Moorer said.
In the co-main event, former heavyweight champion Oliver McCall stopped Yamplier Diaz in the 7th round. McCall dropped Diaz with a left hook, short right combination and Diaz was unable to beat the referee’s count, ultimately ending the fight.
Friday, November 17, 2006
HOLLYWOOD, FL - With weeks of intense training in the bank and a fight scheduled on the highly publicized “Superfighter” card in Australia, former World Heavyweight Champion, Oliver McCall was understandably upset when that card was postponed earlier this week.
Enter Seminole Warriors Boxing, which stepped up for ‘The Atomic Bull’ and offered him a fight against world-class Cuban banger Yanqui Diaz on their “Night of Heavyweights” card on Saturday, December 9th at the Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida.
“When one door closes, another opens, and I’m happy that Warriors was able to find a fight for me on this card,” said McCall. “I’m going to show my appreciation by putting on the fight of the night with Yanqui Diaz and then ending it with a spectacular knockout.”
Friday, October 20, 2006
HOLLYWOOD, FL - With the December 1st event date approaching rapidly, Seminole Warriors Boxing Promotions’ undisputed cruiserweight champion O’Neil Bell and former world heavyweight champion Oliver McCall are training feverishly for their opportunity to win five million dollars in the inaugural ‘Superfighter’ tournament at Melbourne, Australia’s Telstra Dome.
For Bell, who will be making his heavyweight debut in the tournament, and McCall, who sees this as the perfect way to get himself back to a world title shot, ‘Superfighter’ is a once in a lifetime shot that couldn’t possibly be turned down.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Less than 48 hours after Superfighter announced the eight participants in their heavyweight tournament on December 1st in Australia, two of the most notable names have already dropped out…
Samuel Peter and Calvin Brock have both stated that they are not interested in particpating in the event so they can instead focus on their upcoming title fights this winter.
Peter will be facing James Toney in a rematch of their September bout this coming January; Brock challenges Wladimir Klitschko for the IBF Heavyweight title on November 11th at Madison Square Garden.
Peter’s manager Ivaylo Gotzev supports the camp’s decision to keep Samuel out of the event and focused on Toney:
“The minute the WBC announced the rematch with James Toney, we’ve been excited and working toward making that fight as soon as possible,” he said. “The Superfighter Tournament is something that might be an interesting idea down the line, but they’re going to have to look for another fighter because Sam Peter is not available.”
Calvin Brock’s statement was very similar…
“I am pleased that Superfighter has shown its integrity in the betterment of the sport of boxing by agreeing to cooperate with me and allow me to follow my dream and fight for the heavyweight championship of the world,” said the gentlemanly Brock. “I think the Superfighter concept is a great addition to the world of boxing, and I look forward to fighting in the Superfighter tournament without jeopardizing my goal to become and remain the heavyweight champion of the world.”
I know that there are also eight alternates that will take place of the fighters that can’t fight. Superfighter stated in a press release that Sinan Samil Sam is the first alternate so I’m guessing he will be stepping in for one of those two.
Reports have also stated that Chris Byrd’s status in the event is also being questioned. BoxRec currently has him scheduled for two events - a bout against Eliseo Castillo on November 11th as part of the Brock-Klitschko undercard and the Superfighter event on December 1st.
Is he going to do both? I guess we will have to wait to hear from Byrd himself…
The lineup for the event now looks this for the time being…
Juan Carlos Gomez
Sinan Samil Sam
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Former heavyweight champion Oliver McCall continued his winning ways Saturday night, stopping Darroll Wilson with a flurry in the 4th round. McCall became the WBC Champ in 1994 after a 2nd round knockout of Lennox Lewis.
Christian John retained the WBC featherweight title, defeating Renan Acosta by unanimous decision. John remaines undefeated at 38-0-1.
Friday, August 11, 2006
HOLLYWOOD, FL – Back in the saddle and on the road back to the heavyweight title, it may be an omen of good things to come when former World Champion Oliver McCall makes his debut in the hometown of the legendary Muhammad Ali on Saturday, September 9, whens he fights for the WBC Fecarbox championship against veteran knockout artist Darroll Wilson.
Chris Webb Promotions, Seminole Warriors Boxing, and Sampson Lewkowicz are pleased to present this outstanding night of hard-hitting boxing action, live from the Louisville Gardens on Muhammad Ali Boulevard in Louisville, Kentucky. Azteca American TV will televise the show nationally.
Also featured on this nine bout card will be highly touted Isreali Heavyweight prospect Roman Greenberg, who will look to improve on his 22-0 (15 KOs) record against an opponent to be announced shortly.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
HOLLYWOOD, FL – The Heavyweight division is in deep trouble with the return of Oliver McCall.
“The Atomic Bull”, a former world Heavyweight Champion and one of only two people to defeat future Hall of Famer Lennox Lewis, is back, and with a new team and a new attitude, he’s ready to make a run at the four heavyweight titlists.
“I’m feeling better than ever, physically and mentally, and I’m excited to be back in the mix,” said McCall, who will face Gary “Bring Da Pain” Bell on June 30th’s “Ring Warriors” card at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida. “I don’t think there is any heavyweight out there who can beat me, but instead of just talking about it, I’m gonna prove it, beginning on June 30th.”
46-8 with 33 KOs, McCall is unbeaten in 20 of his last 21 fights, but he feels that there was something that until recently was missing in his career.