HOLLYWOOD, FL, June 5 – With an unbeaten streak of ten fights, and with only one defeat in his last 25 fights, former world heavyweight champion Oliver McCall is on a torrid hot streak that he hopes will carry him to another championship. But first, “The Atomic Bull” has to get by rugged battler Sinan Samil Sam (27-3, 15 KOs) on Saturday, June 16th at the Ataturk Spor Salonu in Ankara, Turkey for the WBC International Heavyweight Title.
“This is going to be a great night for me,” said the 42-year old McCall, one of only two men to knockout future Hall of Famer Lennox Lewis. “You’re putting “The Atomic Bull” in Turkey, and when Sam tastes my power he’ll be running like a chicken.”
McCall (50-8, 36 KOs) has proven himself over the course of over 20 years as one of the premier heavyweights of this era. Owner of the WBC world heavyweight title from 1994 to 1995, the Chicago native owns wins over Lewis, Larry Holmes, and Frank Bruno, and has also defeated current WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev via a first round TKO. Currently ranked fourth in the world by the WBC, McCall is fresh off a decision win over Marion Wilson in February, and he knows a win over Sam in his home country will propel him even further up the rankings.
“I want my title shot, and I want it now,” said McCall. “But if I have to get by Sam to do it, I will, and I don’t mind spoiling his homecoming.”
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