Boxing News

McCall inspired by Foreman

Former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall will fight Fres Oquendo of Puerto Rico for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title in the main event of The Heavyweight Factory’s “Backyard Brawl” card on Tuesday, December 7 at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. McCall, at 45, continues to turn back time in boxing in his quest to become the oldest heavyweight champion in the sport. His inspiration is former two-time world champion and 1968 Olympic gold medalist George Foreman who won a world title at age 45 when he knocked out Michael Moorer, then 26, to reclaim the title he had held 20 years earlier.

McCall (54-10, 37 KOs) of Plantation will face a formidable opponent in Oquendo (32-6, 21 KOs) in the 12-round main event.

“George Foreman is my inspiration,” said McCall, who trains with former two-time world champion John David Jackson at The Heavyweight Factory. “I still have goals before I hang it up and I have George Foreman to thank for that.”

The sixth and final Heavyweight Factory show of the 2010 season, features an international lineup.

Cuban-born Richard Abril (13-2-1, 6 KOs) of Miami will head the “Cuban Connection” contingent that also includes heavyweight Luis Ortiz (4-0, 3 KOs) and light middleweight Inocente Fiz (4-0, 2 KOs).

Former Hollywood PAL national and state champion Azea Augustama, a member of the Haitian 2008 Olympic team and undefeated cruiserweight (9-0, 6 KOs) will fight his second consecutive fight at Hard Rock Live.

Russian southpaw heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov (8-0, 8 KOs) will make his second Hard Rock Live appearance.

Boca Raton crowd pleasing heavyweight Erik “The Viking” Leander (8-1, 6 KOs) will return to the ring in hopes of bouncing back from his first career-loss, a second-round knockout.

Also on the card is former University of Miami football player and part-time model James Bryant (4-1, 2KOs). Bryant is a former product of the Heavyweight Factory, a program that turns former football and basketball players into heavyweight boxers along with opening its doors to all weight classes.

The Heavyweight Factory will spearhead a toy drive in conjunction with the Toys for Tots program. Fans are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy the night of the fight to be dropped off in the Hard Rock Live lobby.

The fight card is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Doors open 6:30 p.m.

Individual tickets cost $105, $55 & $30. All seats are reserved and available at the Hard Rock Live Box Office, open Tuesday – Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and on Sunday & Monday – only open on event days at noon. Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets.

    Help Support®

    For 18 years,® has delivered daily boxing news to fight fans around the globe. From the beginning, we have always kept Fightnews free to our readers and relied on advertiser support. Anyway, the Miami Herald, The Guardian, and Wikipedia among others have been using the “crowdfunding” revenue model, so we thought we’d test it too.

    Please consider helping out. You’re not obligated to, but even a $1 pledge would really help. And if we reach our goal, we plan to upgrade our server and maybe even nuke the ads altogether. Wouldn’t that be nice?

    world boxing association

    world boxing council

    boxing news tips

    philly boxing history

    All contents copyright 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 by Freitag Marketing Services, LLC.
    The information on this site cannot be reused without written permission.