Oliver McCall, 53, looks no age to fight as ex-champ prepares for return
Once a heavyweight force who defeated the likes of Lennox Lewis and was heralded as one of the top heavyweights of the golden era in the 1990’s, Oliver McCall has shockingly decided to get back in the ring at the ripe old age of 53.
‘The Atomic Bull’ last fought in 2014 when most fans breathed a sigh of relief following McCall’s retirement at 49 following a rematch defeat to Marcin Rekowski, but somehow the American is back.
Facing a man half his age, McCall competes on the ‘Battle of the Bay III’ card in Texas this Saturday night and looks like he is ready to grab his pipe and slippers rather than his boxing gloves.
On the scales, it was a despairing sight to see McCall as he looked a shadow of his former self.
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It’s another sad situation when a fighter is sanctioned to enter a ring when clearly should tell him to stay retired.
McCall has a 57-14 record in the pro ranks, having suffered seven of those losses since stepping away from the sport the first time around in 2001 following a KO reverse to Henry Akinwande. Five defeats have come in the last eight years.
Famous for his first knocking out Lennox Lewis before refusing to fight during their rematch, McCall has shared the ring with Frank Bruno, James ‘Buster’ Douglas, and Larry Holmes during a 33-year career.
Top of the bill is the Women’s match-up between Selina Barrios and Aida Satybaldinova.
Full weights from Corpus Christi:
Selina Barrios 133.5 vs Aida Satybaldinova 134.5
Ramsey Luna 126 vs. Darryl Hayes 125.5
Oliver McCall 240 vs. Jamal Woods 245
Ignacio Holguin 127 vs. Stephon McIntyre 132
Juan Garza 313.5 vs Allen Nelson 213
Ernest Reyna 222 vs. Larry Knight 254
Steve Belemontes 161 vs Robert Serna 163