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Old 12-24-2010, 09:14 AM
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"We're going to wrap this interview here, Jim, because we've got a serious problem with Gerald McClellan"-Gary Newborn

Part 1: Dream fight:
As well as the sums on offer, each of them had the prospect of meeting the unbeaten Roy Jones for more money than they'd ever earned before. McClellan reckoned that the match-up was his: he'd beaten Jones as an amateur, and he was getting better with each fight.

The start to Gerald's career should have been that of a groomed and favored prospect. After all, despite missing the Olympics in 1988, he was an exceptional amateur and by now he was hooked up with Manny Steward at the Kronk, he most famous gym in the world. His career didn't so much as fly at first, however, as glide into a swamp.

There are not two ways of doing things, just Manny's. Gerald wanted to go with Sugar Ray Leonard in the first instance, but when he saw Leonard leaning towards Roy Jones Jr and when Roy Jones went to the Seoul instead of him, Gerald got mad. He knew then he needed a fresh start after his amateur career had stalled near the hilltop. And that's how Gerald made it to Detroit.

In November, McClellan came to London for the first time and put a shadow of the once awesome John Mugabi away in a round to win the World Boxing Organization's version of the middleweight championship. He impressed his London audience with the ruthlessness of his finishing, even if the title was more cardboard than gold and the opponent was shot.

McClellan looked his usual awesome self in knocking Mugabi down three times and the tile was OK, but not enough. He hungered for the genuine big time, he wanted to know, the big money? Why wasn't he fighting Jones?

Roy Jones, meanwhile, was pulling away fro Gerald. He'd come home from Seoul a martyr, the victim of outrageous judging, and signed a big contract to turn professional. Where Gerald was quiet, sometimes sullen, Jones had a mouthy edge - but the TV liked him, and even used him in ads to promote their boxing programmes. He was being groomed while Gerald was being ignored.

Gerald couldn't wait. he was chasing Jones. That would make his career. To get to Jones, he'd have to go through Benn first. But he didn't think that would be a problem. For Gerald, nothing was a problem.
McClellan, meanwhile, was eager for a challenge. He told King,***8221; I***8217;m ready now for Julian Jackson, anyone out there - James Toney, Roy Jones, all the big name guys - coz my names big too"

Part 2:The Benn fight:
When Gerald returned to his corner at the end of the sixth round, he was through with lying. He had known since the second round that something was not right. He was labouring of breath, his right hand, which he'd hurt in bagging out Julian Jackson, throbbed. There was, he would say a short time afterwards in the few coherent moments left to him,' water rushing in my head'. and he was blinking, blinking. Like a man with a nervous tic.
"I wanna quit, Stan."
Lisa says she has the words on tape. she gave the tape to an FBI investigator who was on Don King's case for a variety of alleged, ultimately unproven, crimes. Frank Warren told me in the week after the fight that he'd heard a rumour that Gerald said he'd had enough after six rounds. Brendan Ingle, who was in the corner but down by the stool on which McClellan sat, says he couldn***8217;t hear clearly what was being said

Johnson at first told me he didn't remember Gerald saying he wanted to quit. Then he said flatly, it didn't happen. These are words he says Gerald would never say. In fact, Gerald had said to him before the fight that he would kill Stan if he pulled him out. Donnie confirms this. And they both say Gerald meant what he said

Lisa acknowledges that Gerald might well have 'threatened' Stan and Donnie before the fight. She also says her brother was wrong to have them there in the first place. The last people Gerald needed in his corner were two guys afraid to disagree with him. The man he needed was Manny Steward. That's the way Lisa sees it
Lisa, going on the tape she sent to the FBI, says Stan sounded like he was in charge. "Gerald said at the end of the sixth round that he wanted to quit and Stan said, ***8220;You get your ass back out there, you fight, and you gonna fight until you die, you gonna fight, you gonna finish this fight if it kills you"
Johnson admits he had strong words with Gerald, roughly along the lines of Lisa's account, but that was regulation boxing speak. He is more puzzled as to how she knew, because neither the British nor American tapes of the between-round conversation pick up on the exchange.

Ingle was the only impartial witness to what happened in Gerald***8217;s corner at the end of the sixth round I think McClellan made a terrible mistake sacking his trainer and getting this fell in, the fella with the sailor's cap
I thought Gerald looked pretty distressed. His mouthpiece was sticking out. What happened to him was he got sick of hitting Benn in the early rounds. And that's a fact. It just completely done his head in. Because when he come back to the corner at the end of the first round, he was shaking his head, and he said,***8221; I***8217;ve hit him with everything." None of us could believe that Benn was still standing".

Gerald was never afforded the sanctuary of being a bum. He was always a star, and that carries its special pressures. McClellan, in short was too good to quit. Winners don't have that option normally, because they are carrying the show not just for themselves, but for the promoters and managers as well. They also have their pride

As a feared and distinguished champion, not to mention a money-maker of significant reputation, McClellan had none of those options. He knew beforehand he was expected to be in this fight until there was nothing left to give. Stan and Donnie knew that too. Besides, they were being paid meagre wages and across the ring from them sat King, who would be distinctly upset if they pulled McClellan out of the fight. Those were the pressures, real or perceived, bearing down on the occupants of that corner at the end of round six.

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Old 12-24-2010, 09:58 AM
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interesting stuff
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Old 12-24-2010, 10:11 AM
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A great fight witha truley sad ending....**** Don King....
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Old 12-24-2010, 10:16 AM
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A great fight witha truley sad ending....**** Don King....
"He quit like a damn dog"-Don King
While standing over Gerald's bed in the hospital
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Old 12-24-2010, 10:29 AM
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Old 12-24-2010, 10:32 AM
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I watched that vid a while ago. Its really messed up
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Old 12-24-2010, 10:38 AM
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apparently he left hospital in the uk in ok shape and was told not to travel for such an amount of time,but did end up travelling too soon.

but still tragic and very sad.

warren and king are scum,im sure he did feel and say he didnt want to go on with all the blinking.

he was robbed in the 1st, if you count to 10 from when benn was knocked down,the 10 count is reached before he gets back in the ring and while he was still unsteady,and he got help from others to get back in the ring,you cant go in the ring and pick someone up when the been put down,why do it outside the ring!.

and the french ref that didnt speak english looked bought out by warren,he definately stopped gerald and was over eager to interput all through the 1st round.


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he is sbetter now today,can dress himself talk on the phone and his friend has got him back into watching boxing,but still blind and mostly deaf,boxers and friends like roy jones wont visit through fear of seeing the horrible harsh reality. i think roy should retire before he gets damaged,i would take roy to gerald at this point,roy needs to hang them up.
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Old 12-24-2010, 10:47 AM
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he is sbetter now today,can dress himself talk on the phone and his friend has got him back into watching boxing,but still blind and mostly deaf,boxers and friends like roy jones wont visit through fear of seeing the horrible harsh reality. i think roy should retire before he gets damaged,i would take roy to gerald at this point,roy needs to hang them up.
Jones has visited him, Manny admits he did in private
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Old 12-24-2010, 11:03 AM
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he was robbed in the 1st, if you count to 10 from when benn was knocked down,the 10 count is reached before he gets back in the ring and while he was still unsteady,and he got help from others to get back in the ring,you cant go in the ring and pick someone up when the been put down,why do it outside the ring!.
lol, i can't believe all these years on these bull**** stories are still being spouted.

1- when a boxer is knocked out of the ring he is allowed extra time to make it back in.

2- benn got no help making his way back into the ring. a few hands went up as he was knocked out to stop him falling onto the announcing tables but that is all. he made it back into the ring of his own accord.
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