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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Champ McCall To Tune Up for Tyson

NEW YORK -- It took only three days for Oliver McCall's boxing future to be set. McCall, who Saturday scored a shocking technical knockout of Lennox Lewis for the World Boxing Council heavyweight championship, probably will make two or three title defenses and then a bout with Mike Tyson, who should be released from prison next spring.

McCall, 29, a former sparring partner of Tyson and underdog in Saturday's fight, knocked down and stopped Lewis in the second round of the bout in London. He said Tuesday that he knew he could beat Lewis because the Briton "was going to underestimate my speed."

Indeed, Lewis seemed to underestimate everything about McCall, who hit Lewis in the second round with a left hook and then a short right hand to the head that dumped Lewis to the canvas. When he got up his legs were rubbery and the referee stopped the fight just 31 seconds into the round.

"The first punch he usually gets away from," said McCall, 25-5 with 18 knockouts. "It's the second punch that gets him. I didn't even have to turn over the punch. He was just there."

Promoter Don King wants McCall to make two or three title defenses before fighting Tyson, the former heavyweight champ who has been imprisoned for rape in Indiana and is expected to be released in May.

At a press luncheon in Manhattan on Tuesday, King said McCall's first defense probably will be against Peter McNeeley, 24, of Medfield, Massachusetts, in December at Boston Garden.

McNeeley is 30-1 with 24 knockouts in his three years as a pro. His father, Thomas McNeeley Jr., was knocked out in the fourth round by Floyd Patterson in a heavyweight title bout in 1961.

Peter McNeeley's fights have been against low-level fighters, mostly in small cities in Massachusetts, such as Whitman, Foxboro, Dorchester, Fall River and Revere. He also fought in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Ledyrd, Connecticut, and Louisville, Kentucky.

In February, he was knocked out by Stanley Wright in the eighth round in a bout in Boston. Wright, who was 4-8 at the end of last year, lost five of his first seven fights.

"I'm definitely willing to give Pete a shot," McCall said. "I'm looking forward to a good fight."

"I'm taking one week off and I'm getting back into the ring," he said. "I'm taking no one lightly. I won't be a Riddick Bowe. I won't be sitting around, 300 pounds, saying, 'Hey, what's happening, man?'"

McCall has won his last six fights, all by knockout. He knocked out top contender Francesco Damiani in April, 1993, and beat Jesse Ferguson in 1991. He lost to WBC cruiserweight champion Orlin Norris in 1990 and former IBF heavyweight champion Tony Tucker in 1992.

He was outpointed by Buster Douglas in 1989, who then knocked out Tyson to win the title in a bout in Japan.

King's plan is to have McCall fight a succession of King-controlled challengers, so he will have a heavyweight champion to offer Tyson.

"Who will Tyson fight? He'll have to fight Oliver McCall unless Pete McNeeley beats him," King said, "and then he'll fight Pete McNeeley. Either way, we've got a champion for Mike Tyson."

Also, before he sets up a McCall-Tyson bout next fall, King wants to match McCall against such lesser-known fighters as Franz Botha and Bruce Seldon.


In Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, three-time former world champion Hector "Macho" Camacho, his sights set on another world title, won a 10-round unanimous decision Tuesday night over Pat Lawlor in a welterweight match. Fighting at 153 pounds (70 kgs), Camacho won every round on two of the judges' cards, and lost just one round on the final card.