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Oliver McCall : biography

21 April 1965 -

Oliver "The Atomic Bull" McCall (born April 21, 1965) is an American professional Heavyweight boxer best known for winning the WBC heavyweight title in 1994 after scoring an upset knockout victory over Lennox Lewis, in Lewis' home town of London, England (only to lose the belt twelve months later, having made just one successful defence), followed by his infamous in-ring meltdown in the rematch. In a long rollercoaster career that has been blighted by drug addiction and almost constant legal troubles, McCall has served as the chief sparring partner for a peak Mike Tyson, then later come into his own as a professional, defeating Lennox Lewis, Larry Holmes, Lionel Butler, Bruce Seldon, Jesse Ferguson, Francesco Damiani, Oleg Maskaev, Henry Akinwande, Przemyslaw Saleta, Sinan Samil Sam, and Fres Oquendo.

Personal

McCall was raised on the South Side of Chicago, and is married with four daughters and three sons. One daughter, Jeneva McCall, was a three-time NCAA champion and four-time 1st team All-American in track at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. One son, Mikael McCall, is a sophomore running back for Southern Illinois University Carbondale, after playing his freshman year at the University of Iowa. McCall has one other son, Elijah McCall is currently a professional boxer as well.

Legal troubles

Although never knocked down as a professional boxer, McCall's career has been mottled by several stints in drug rehabilitation facilities and arrests for disorderly behavior. He has attempted numerous comebacks, though the efforts have repeatedly been frustrated by run-ins with the law.

In January 2006 he was arrested by police in Nashville, Tennessee, who say they had to use a Taser on McCall after he tried running away from officers trying to arrest him for trespassing in a public housing development.http://www.police.nashville.org/news/media/2006/01/20.htm

Police told reporters that McCall had in his possession a glass pipe and a five-dollar bill containing a small amount of cocaine. They say the 40-year-old McCall later spat at an officer and threatened to kill him.

He was held on $299,000 bond and charged with criminal trespass, resisting arrest, assaulting police officers, threatening to kill an officer, and being a fugitive from justice on charges in his home state of Virginia. He was released on May 8, 2006.

On the weekend before his scheduled fight with Zuri Lawrence at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in nearby Hollywood, Florida, McCall was arrested for possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia in Fort Lauderdale, preventing him from fighting. He was ultimately sentenced to probation. McCall was able to get another big fight, this time against Fres Oquendo, scheduled for December 7, 2010. McCall won in a split decision over the favored Oquendo.

On December 9, 2010, two days after his latest victory, McCall was again arrested in Fort Lauderdale for possession of cannabis and a violation of a municipal ordinance, causing him to violate the terms of his probation stemming from the February cocaine charge. As a result of the probation violation, McCall was facing six years in Florida State Prison. McCall's attorney, Roger P. Foley, was able to have him reinstated on his previous probationary term, modified to include a drug and psychological evaluation followed by any necessary treatment. Oliver McCall and Attorney RP Foley coincidentally have formed a strong friendship and have been found training together in Plantation, Florida. The same attorney, Roger P. Foley, has become a strength and conditioning coach for McCall. On December 16, 2011, Lawyer Foley was successful in having McCall's probation terminated. McCall has been alcohol and drug free for all of 2011 and his legal issues are finally behind him.

Professional boxing record

|- | style="text-align:center;" colspan="8"|56 Wins (37 KOs), 13 Losses (1 KO), 2 No Contests |- style="text-align:center; background:#e3e3e3;" | style="border-style:none none solid solid; "|Res. | style="border-style:none none solid solid; "|Record | style="border-style:none none solid solid; "|Opponent | style="border-style:none none solid solid; "|Type | style="border-style:none none solid solid; "|Round | style="border-style:none none solid solid; "|Date | style="border-style:none none solid solid; "|Location | style="border-style:none none solid solid; "|Notes |- align=center |Loss |56-13 |align=left| Krzysztof Zimnoch |UD |8 |18/05/2013 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |56-12 |align=left| Francesco Pianeta |UD |10 |16/05/2012 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |56-11 |align=left| Damian Wills |UD |10 |20/08/2011 |align=left| | |- align=center |Loss |55-11 |align=left| Cedric Boswell |UD |10 |18/03/2011 |align=left| | |- align=center |Win |55-10 |align=left| Fres Oquendo |SD |12 |07/12/2010 |align=left| | |- align=center |Loss |54-10 |align=left| Timur Ibragimov |UD |12 |15/06/2010 |align=left| | |- align=center |Win |54–9 |align=left| Lance Whitaker |UD |10 |23/10/2009 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |53–9 |align=left| Franklin Lawrence |UD |10 |21/08/2009 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |52–9 |align=left| John Hopoate |TKO |2 |22/05/2009 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |51–9 |align=left| Juan Carlos Gómez |UD |12 |19/10/2007 |align=left| | |- align=center |Win |51–8 |align=left| Sinan Şamil Sam |UD |12 |16/06/2007 |align=left| | |- align=center |Win |50–8 |align=left| Marion Wilson |UD |8 |24/02/2007 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |49–8 |align=left| Yanqui Díaz |KO |7 |09/12/2006 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |48–8 |align=left| Darroll Wilson |TKO |4 |03/09/2006 |align=left| | |- align=center |Win |47–8 |align=left| Kenny Craven |TKO |1 |30/06/2006 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |46–8 |align=left| Wallace McDaniel |TKO |3 |27/05/2006 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |style="background:#ddd;"|NC |45–8 |align=left| Juan Carlos Gómez |NC |10 |15/10/2005 |align=left| | |- align=center |Win |45–8 |align=left| Przemysław Saleta |TKO |4 |13/08/2005 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |44–8 |align=left| Kelvin Hale |UD |8 |10/05/2005 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |43–8 |align=left| Cornelius Ellis |UD |8 |16/04/2005 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |42–8 |align=left| Marion Wilson |DQ |6 |05/02/2005 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |41–8 |align=left| DaVarryl Williamson |UD |10 |13/11/2004 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |41–7 |align=left| Vernon Woodward |TKO |3 |25/09/2004 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |40–7 |align=left| Dennis McKinney |TKO |3 |24/04/2003 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |39–7 |align=left| Henry Akinwande |KO |10 |17/11/2001 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |38–7 |align=left| Matt Green |TKO |1 |29/09/2001 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |37–7 |align=left| Sedreck Fields |SD |10 |11/08/2000 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |36–7 |align=left| Marcus McIntyre |KO |3 |25/05/2001 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |35–7 |align=left| Ric Lainhart |TKO |1 |12/02/2001 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |34–7 |align=left| Will Hinton |TKO |1 |18/12/1999 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |style="background:#ddd;"|NC |33–7 |align=left| Samson Cohen |NC |2 |25/09/1999 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |33–7 |align=left| Samson Cohen |KO |1 |24/02/1998 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |32–7 |align=left| Abdul Muhaymin |UD |10 |03/02/1998 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |31–7 |align=left| Mike Acklie |KO |1 |06/01/1998 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |30–7 |align=left| Mike DeVito |TKO |2 |16/12/1997 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |29–7 |align=left| Brian Yates |TKO |8 |04/11/1997 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |28–7 |align=left| Lennox Lewis |TKO |5 |07/02/1997 |align=left| | |- align=center |Win |28–6 |align=left| James Stanton |TKO |6 |23/03/1996 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |27–6 |align=left| Oleg Maskaev |TKO |1 |24/02/1996 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |26–6 |align=left| Frank Bruno |UD |12 |02/09/1995 |align=left| | |- align=center |Win |26–5 |align=left| Larry Holmes |UD |12 |08/04/1995 |align=left| | |- align=center |Win |25–5 |align=left| Lennox Lewis |TKO |2 |24/09/1994 |align=left| | |- align=center |Win |24–5 |align=left| Dan Murphy |TKO |1 |26/02/1994 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |23–5 |align=left| Art Card |KO |1 |18/12/1993 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |22–5 |align=left| Francesco Damiani |TKO |8 |23/04/1993 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |21–5 |align=left| Mike Dixon |TKO |2 |30/01/1993 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |20–5 |align=left| Lawrence Carter |KO |3 |30/01/1993 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |19–5 |align=left| Tony Tucker |SD |12 |26/06/1992 |align=left| | |- align=center |Win |19–4 |align=left| Mike Rouse |TKO |4 |15/02/1992 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |18–4 |align=left| Jesse Ferguson |UD |10 |08/08/1991 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |17–4 |align=left| Danny Wofford |TKO |5 |08/06/1991 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |16–4 |align=left| Bruce Seldon |TKO |9 |18/04/1991 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |15–4 |align=left| Orlin Norris |SD |10 |17/11/1990 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |15–3 |align=left| Lionel Butler |SD |10 |16/07/1990 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |14–3 |align=left| Buster Douglas |UD |10 |21/07/1989 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |14–2 |align=left| Bruce Johnson |KO |1 |01/10/1988 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |13–2 |align=left| Wesley Smith |TKO |2 |16/09/1988 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |12–2 |align=left| David Jaco |UD |10 |30/06/1988 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |11–2 |align=left| Mike Hunter |UD |10 |22/01/1988 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |11–1 |align=left| Kim Adams |TKO |2 |30/08/1987 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |10–1 |align=left| Richard Scott |KO |2 |11/08/1987 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |9–1 |align=left| Tim Morrison |KO |1 |30/05/1987 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |8–1 |align=left| Fred Whitaker |UD |6 |21/03/1987 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |7–1 |align=left| Al Evans |UD |6 |16/12/1986 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |6–1 |align=left| Bashir Wadud |UD |6 |25/10/1986 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |5–1 |align=left| Larry Roberson |TKO |1 |13/09/1986 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |4–1 |align=left| James Churn |KO |1 |14/08/1986 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |3–1 |align=left| Kimmuel Odum |MD |4 |14/08/1986 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |2–1 |align=left| Felix Shorter |TKO |2 |18/01/1986 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |1–1 |align=left| Joey Christjohn |UD |4 |06/12/1985 |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |1–0 |align=left| Lou Bailey |TKO |1 |02/11/1985 |align=left| | |- align=center

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