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 Last update:  8/27/2012       Read more by Bill Kozloff         
McCline Ready For Magomed, Impressed With His Power
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By Bill Kozloff,

Veteran heavyweight Jameel McCline (41-12-3, 24KOs) is very impressed with up and coming prospect Magomed Abdusalamov (15-0, 15KOs). They will clash on September 8th in Moscow, Russia, as part of the Vitali Klitschko-Manuel Charr undercard. The vacant WBC USNBC title will be at stake.

McCline has been to Russia several times in the past but he never fought in the country.

"I have been to Russia 13 times, it will be my fourteenth trip. I had not fought there, and the bout with Abdusalamov will be my first fight in Russia. I first came to Russia in 2009. Then I trained with Alexander Povetkin, we sparred with him," McCline said.

"After that, I traveled to Russia many times and visited various cities of Odessa, Sochi, Minsk, Kiev, Moscow, Chekhov and many others. I just fell in love with Russia and the Russian people. I have many friends in Russia and I love this country. This is perhaps the main reason why I agreed to fight in Moscow, almost without thinking. A distinctive feature of the Russian athletes is that they work hard, train hard. That's why they dominate in so many sports."

McCline has watched tapes on Magomed and saw how strong his opponent is. He realizes Magomed is still very inexperienced and hasn't had the necessary rounds in his career. Magomed has never gone beyond the fourth round.

"After watching his fights where he demonstrated the destructive force of his punches, I think he could be considered a major contender for the title in any event: if he loses or wins on September 8. With such a strong punch, he certainly has the potential to be a world champion. I have not seen anyone who can punch as hard as he can," McCline said.

"The biggest weakness with Abdusalamov is the lack of experience. He hasn't had a lot of rounds. That's all, I have nothing further to add."

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comment by richardt, on 08-28-2012
McCline is DONE, stick a fork in him! He will get respect as soon as he RETIRES which is what he should have done years ago!

comment by ddangerous, on 08-28-2012
I, too, don't understand all the hate aimed at McCline. Always been a classy fighter inside and outside the ring. Had some big achievements in the game over the course of a long career. It's a gatekeeper/rising prospect fight. Plus, he is probably getting paid a good purse and gets to visit Russi...

comment by BostonGuy, on 08-28-2012
[QUOTE=the larryx]well you know i aint no keyboard anything,i call it like i see it...dude is beyond shot man,he came out of retirement to fight Arreola and was fat then and that was 3 years ago...dude is worthless and just fighting for a check[/QUOTE] I was disappointed in McCline's lack of e...

Jamaal has no career going anywhere
comment by horaceharter, on 08-28-2012
still don't know who this guy McCline is or who he is. Dude fights 50 fights and is still unknown and cannot sell tickets anywhere in the USA. neat phantom career Jamaal nobody.

Jamaal has no career
comment by horaceharter, on 08-28-2012
still don't know who this guy McCline is or who he is. Dude fights 50 fights and is still unknown and cannot sell tickets anywhere in the USA. neat phantom career Jamaal nobody.

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