Mike McCallum vs Herol Graham

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Mike McCallum vs Herol Graham
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Date: 
Wednesday, May 10, 1989
Location: 
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, England, UK
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
160
Titles at Stake: 
WBA Middleweight World Title
Referee: 
Enzo Montero

Official Judging
Jesus Celis 113 - 117
Justo Vasquez Marcos 117 - 115
Contimanza Amadeo 115 - 114

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round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Mike McCallum
                                                                    
9
9.33
10
9.33
9.66
10
9.33
9.66
10
10
10
9.33
Herol Graham
                                                                    
10
10
9
10
9.66
9
10
8.33
9
9.33
9
9.66


Fan Cards: Mike McCallum vs Herol Graham


scorecard by HAGLERGOAT
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIKE MCCALLUM
9
9
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
115
HEROL GRAHAM
10
10
9
10
9
9
10
8
9
9
9
10
112


scorecard by MARK ELDING
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIKE MCCALLUM
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
117
HEROL GRAHAM
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
113


scorecard by WHAT_IS_THE_DEFAULT_PASSWORD
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIKE MCCALLUM
9
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
115
HEROL GRAHAM
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
8
9
10
9
10
114


Comments

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Herol Graham had all the tools to beat Mike McCallum, but he threw them away.

Just one year before this fight, McCallum was schooled by former champion Sumbu Kalambay. Kalambay circled and jabbed with discipline, and McCallum was reduced to an ineffectual plodder.

Graham was faster than Kalambay in terms of both foot-speed and hand-speed, and he was an awkward southpaw to boot with good wrestling (spinning) skills; he should have executed an even better version of Kalambay's plan.

Instead, Graham ran around the ring with both his hands down, content to leap in with occasional potshots when he should have boxed McCallum. He impressed for the first few rounds, and McCallum looked like he was getting traumatic flashbacks of the Kalambay fight. However, in reality, he was giving up control of ring space and opportunities to hurt McCallum.

By round 3 McCallum showed he could hurt Graham. That was the moment when Graham should have took McCallum seriously instead of clowning around with his proto-Hamed nonsense. Yet Graham still fought with his usual contempt that should have been reserved for over-matched domestic opponents, stubbornly refusing to put up his hands for parrying and blocking even as McCallum nailed him in the head and the body.

By the late rounds, while still struggling mightily McCallum had caught up with Graham who slowed down from the accumulated damage (entirely avoidable if he was more defensively responsible). The two engaged in some gritty phone-booth brawls, but McCallum with his superior strength and fundamental techniques edged out.

Graham was unlucky in that the referee decided to penalise him in round 8 for 'throwing' McCallum around, a deduction I am not pleased with. But he could not, and should not, blame this loss on some bad luck. He only has himself to blame for making a fight he could have won clearly into a fight that could have gone either way.

When the decision was announced, Graham's face said it all. With a nasty bruise on his left eye, all he could manage was a small, wry grin, a grin seemingly more directed at himself than others.