Friday, July 21, 2006

“Big Time” McCline continues win streak

By JE Grant

TULSA, Okla. --- Jameel McCline, 38-6-3 (23 KOs), West Palm Beach, Fla., 270, won his sixth consecutive bout with a clear 10-round decision over tough and willing Terry Smith, 28-2-1 (18 KOs), Little Rock, Ark., 225, Friday night.

From the opening bell, the two-time heavyweight title challenger McCline proved fit and focused on the task at hand. Such focus was clearly necessary against Smith who proved competitive in each of the 10 rounds.

McCline started on the outside showing faster hands than his smaller opponent. Smith appeared willing to fall inside but rarely worked for extended periods allowing McCline to out-hustle him from all distances and land the sharper shots.

The ever-charging Smith was able to gain an edge in rounds 3, 4, and 8, with a high punch volume but never effectively landed combinations or forced McCline out of position.

In all other rounds it was the 36 year-old McCline who proved more effective and efficient with his punches often landing left-hooks and speedy jabs as Smith fell inside in an attempt to land lead right hands.

Scoring of the bout was 97-94, 97-93, and 98-92 all for McCline. JEBoxing scored the contest 97-93.

Neither fighter appeared hurt at any point and there were no knockdowns.

Smith, exhibited some of the traits of a sparring partner, which he is on a regular basis for James “Lights Out” Toney. He delivered enough punches make McCline work hard for the win, but he did not show evidence of enough power or output to take the measure of the elite of the division.

The win was by far the most important of McCline’s six fights since his loss to the light-punching Zuri Lawrence. The win allows him to remain a viable consideration for a fight with any of the top 10 heavyweights.


Blogger orltroy said...

I think I mentioned it before, but McCLine has negoitaed a fight with luan Kransiqi in Germany for 300K. Thing is, these Germans have pulled out against Jameel before and it isn't set in stone. But good for Jameel. When I get home in the morning I'm going to watch the fight.

9:27 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

It was a pretty good fight Troy, especially in the early rounds. (I had it 7-3 as well BTW) As for Krasniqi-McCline, that's a good interesting matchup. Both are legit close-to-top-10 fringe-contenders, about 35, and running out of tomorrows. Krasniqi is a good fundamental boxer with above-average speed & agility, as is McCline for his size. Krasniqi - even though in the 220's - matches up with him pretty well height & reach wise (6'4") and even fairly well strength-wise, as Luan - while possessing only modest power - is quite strong for his size. There is a bit of a concern about his heart, but then again...I suppose there is a bit of one about Mccline as well. A tough call. If the fight is in Germany, I suppose slight edge to Luan...

11:20 PM  
Blogger orltroy said...

I have advised Hirsch against it. I think McCline should fight Timo Hoffmann instead, but it's 300K and McCline took his next two fights after hios loss to Lawrence for free. Yes I said it, McCline fought for free. That tells me where his heart is. He just wants to fight, and now that he ahs the WBO NABO regional bullshit, he will be a top ten (WBO) ranked heavyweight now, and this is all Hirsch's master plan. Kransiqi/McCLine, the winner will be Liakhovich's next mandatory. SO this is McCline's last chance. BTW, when I saw Jameel last month, he was in spectacular shape and has been looking good lately, was he in good shape tonight?

12:30 AM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Interesting...(BTW-I just shot you an email) McCline looked to be in pretty good shape, but did get a bit winded towards the end, and was a bit hvy in my opinion. He was a (pretty solid) 270, but I still think he may be better off in the 250-260 range. As for Hirsch, he did a fine job with Briggs. Keeping him ACTIVE, and 'manuevering' him into a big fight. A guy I know (Johnny Bos) use to work with McCline, and I actually believe him when he says that he could have done a better job handling/manuevering McCline. But ultimately - it fell on Jameel, and he has just fallen short and stumbled a few times. But he's not a bad fighter. At all. Neither is Krasniqi. I just don't think either has the 'intangibles' to reach the very top, and they now have age/time working against them...

12:38 AM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

There aren't too many 270 pound fighters who could fight at the pace he set against Smith. Still, it is puzzling that a guy his size can land so frequently and not put a dent in his opponent's chin.

5:37 AM  
Blogger orltroy said...

JE thank you! I have said dozens of times that Jameel is incapable of setting down on his punches. They are almost all just arm punches. he is strong and he doesn't turn them over or punch with his hips. That is why he has faster hands. But hey, he earned that win. Krasniqi might be out. Apparently Luan is also interested in facing Tony Thompson. But, Tua and McCall are also possible upcoming opponents for Jameel. But don't count out Krasniqi as of yet. I talked to Scott Hirsch yesterday, and I'm not allowed to divulge a lot of information regarding Briggs, but expect him to be dramatically lighter for his November fight.

9:51 AM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Good points on Mccline guys. Mccline - like Winky Wright believe it or not - DOES posess some punching power, but they sacrifice it for defense and speed, respectably. Now this formula has worked for Winky at the top-level of Boxing, but not so for Mccline. (Or should I say it has with very 'mixed-results'.) Anyways, even though Jameel had virtually no amatuer experience, I fear that at 35 - he is just too old to change his ways in that fashion. What you see - is what you get with Mccline at this point. A big & athletic 'B-level hvy'...That just falls short of the "Bigtime". (Hehehe...A bit ironic, eh?)

2:13 AM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

He may get another "Big" chance though.

7:17 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

True J.E. Hey, besides...Who wouldn't give him a chance against Valuev or Maskaev?

11:47 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

I think he would have an excellent chance against Maskaev. However, while he's faster he certainly doesn't have the same level of power.

6:17 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Agreed J.E. Even though I hold Maskaev in a slightly higher regard than I did a week ago, I may actually lean towards Mccline there. And by stoppage, nonetheless. That's a decent matchup, and one I wouldn't be shocked to see in late 2006/early 2007.

11:02 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

Perhaps, but the power of Maskaev could prove decisive. McCline, despite his relative speed, is not all that hard to hit.

7:51 AM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Yeah, I think that one is about a tossup, and I wouldn't mind seeing it. Same goes for Maskaev vs. the winner of (hopefully) Ibragimov-Austin 2. (Or do I have my "alphabets" mixed up? Ah...I promised myself that I would all but ignore them anyways...)

1:26 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

I actually look forward to and Austin-Ibragimov rematch. No title -- just a solid match.

1:39 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Agreed. If Sultan learned from that fight, and comes in a tad bit lighter; I think he wins.

2:12 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

Agreed. I think he can make it much easier for himself if he's in better condition.

5:27 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

I would hate to see Sultan stay out of the ring for more than a few months. He needs improvement, and hasn't had many pro fights. He's also on the 'wrong side of 30' as well.

* Same applies to Austin, and MORE so with HIS age.

11:38 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

Sultan needs to get right back in the mix. If he waits too long his confidence level will dwindle.

11:38 AM  

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