Wladimir Klitschko vs. Jameel McCline

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Wladimir Klitschko vs. Jameel McCline
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Date: 
Saturday, December 7, 2002
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Rounds Scheduled: 
12
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WBO Heavyweight titleholder Wladimir Klitschko takes on literally the biggest challenge of his young career when he faces the gargantuan Jameel McCline. The younger Klitschko paces himself, hurts McCline on several occasions and eventually floors the big man with a left hook at the end of the tenth round. McCline just beats the count, but ringside officials elect to stop the fight between rounds.




Fan Cards: Wladimir Klitschko vs. Jameel McCline


scorecard by HART
Round
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
100
JAMEEL MCCLINE
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
89


scorecard by MBUCK
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
100
JAMEEL MCCLINE
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
89


scorecard by JAROD KILLIAN
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
99
JAMEEL MCCLINE
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
8
90


scorecard by DIZZY
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
100
JAMEEL MCCLINE
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
89


scorecard by NF82
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
99
JAMEEL MCCLINE
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
8
90


scorecard by ZAC.RJ
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
99
JAMEEL MCCLINE
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
91


scorecard by RORSCHACH
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
99
JAMEEL MCCLINE
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
8
90


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
99
JAMEEL MCCLINE
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
8
90


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
99
JAMEEL MCCLINE
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
8
90


scorecard by COREY WILLINGER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
99
JAMEEL MCCLINE
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
8
90


Comments

rorschach's picture

Wlad fought smart, took the big man deep and finished him late.

dizzy's picture

This was a tentative bout, not something for blood thirsty fans but rather an impressive tactical performance. Jameel McCline appeared in the heavyweight title picture out of nowhere, he was supposed to be a stepping stone for the highly-regarded prospect Michael Grant and then suddenly found himself beating three heavyweight contenders in a row, earning a shot to fight the heavyweight champion and Olympic Gold medalist. Klitschko proved to be smarter, faster and more agile and crafty than McCline, he kept his opponent at bay using his jab, superior footwork and great head and upper-body movement (something you'd rarely expect from a big man) and once he sensed blood, the fight was over. The commentators criticized McCline for not taking risks which is much easier said than done. The truth is that McCline maybe looked powerful and menacing, but size and power is far from enough for a boxer to have a competitive bout with truly elite fighter (and Jim Lampley with Larry Merchant should know that given the time they've spent working in the boxing business). There are many attributes that make you a world class boxer, and arguably the most important out of all of them is intelligence - and McCline simply didn't know how to close the distance after losing battle of the jabs, Klitschko didn't take any of McCline's baits, and also dodged most of his shots with relative ease, a few hard shots at Wladimir's rib cage was the highlight of the fight for McCline. McCline has always been a spoiler type of fighter, he's comfortable working behind the jab and spoiling his opponent's attacks on the inside but often struggles being an aggressor himself, which is why Wladimir Klitschko, an excellent outfighter with an arguably better jab, was a very bad matchup for him.

When you look back at the crop of the rising American heavyweight contenders from the early 2000s, you notice that guys like Michael Grant, Jameel McCline, Derrick Jefferson etc. have something in common - they're naturally gifted athletes who took up boxing at relatively late age (early-to-mid 20s), had little-to-zero amateur background and had to gain experience straight trough the pros, they appeared in the contendership scene mostly thanks to the lack of a stongly-defined hierarchy in boxing (thats just the nature of professional combat sports in general), their journey to the heavyweight title picture was different but they were blown away from the contendership scene as quickly as they appeared there. Why? Because these guys had the tools to climb up the rankings but also had some visible holes in their game that could be exploited by on-paper lesser fighters. No offense to any of those guys, but IMO a boxer should spend at least 10 active years in the boxing business (amateur + professional) before he's truly ready to establish himself as an elite fighter (there might be an exception in case the guy is an exceptional talent). Once the epicentre of the heavyweight division moved from US to Germany, their hope at a piece of the HW crown was gone for good.