“Big Time” McCline continues win streak
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.