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Glen McCrory – Interview

Glenn McCory Interview

When and how did you get into Boxing Glenn?

“Boxing was in our family really, my grandad’s brother fought Spider Kelly at the Ulster Hall in Belfast, my grandad was also a boxer in his own right too.” I was always into sports and loved watching Ali and George Best as a kid, but boxing was just a natural thing for me really.”

What was your first gym and who was your first trainer?

“I started off at Consett Gym with Johnny Cuthbert, It was seven or eight miles to get there but I loved it.”

What was your amateur record Glenn?

“I had 64 fights, won 56 and also claimed the Junior ABA Title along with representing England.”

What was the toughest part of being a boxer?

“Probably making the weight for me, getting down to cruiserweight was tough as I had no nutritional advice, we were just left to do it ourselves, it was just a case of starving yourself you know.”

Who was the best sparring partner you ever had?

“Has to be Mike Tyson, I sparred 96 rounds with Mike when he was at his best and even gave him a blackened eye which he still talks about to this day.”

Who was the toughest opponent you faced?

“I fought Lennox Lewis and basically got beat up for six rounds, but even saying that, I would have to say Patrick Lumumba. Our fight was on home soil for the World Title, he perforated my ear drum and adding into the mix the nerves of the night, he was the toughest opponent.”

Who do you wish you had fought Glenn?

“Evander Holyfield, he moved up to Heavyweight around the time I was number one contender, I heard Evander moved up because he was scared, yeah scared of killing me (ha ha).”

What is the best fight you have seen?

“The best fight? I’d go with Morales vs Barrera I, to be at ringside to see it too was amazing.”

The late Arturo Gatti has some great fights too but I’ll stick with that.”

Dream fight: Who v Who?

“Has to be a young Ali against a young Mike Tyson.”

Did you have a Childhood Hero, if so who was it?

“Muhammed Ali, loved watching him fight as a kid, the interviews and stuff, he was great.”

Who is your favourite boxer of all time?

“Sugar Ray Robinson, best of all time for me”

In your opinion who is the Best ever British Fighter?

“There’s been some great British boxers over the years, Randy Turpin comes to mind as he beat Sugar Ray Robinson. But as I never saw a lot of our great fighters fight, I’d say Joe Calzaghe for me, he beat every great fighter of his generation and remained unbeaten throughout his career, so Joe for me.”

Who is your favourite current fighter?

“Manny Pacquiao, he brings something different to the table every time he boxes.”

Who do you think we should like out for in the future?

“James DeGale, as long he gets on with his boxing, he could go a long way.”

What would you change in boxing Glenn?

“Everytime I go to a fight there is different rules for this organisation, different rules for that organisation.” “Sometimes they don’t even know what the rules are, so just have one set of rules for the whole of boxing.”

Who is your best friend in boxing?

“Boxing has been my life since I was 12, I have had the opportunity to work with some great people, John Rawling, Duke McKenzie, Johnny Nelson and Jim Watt. I am blessed with being in the family of boxing so to me they are all my friends. The whole sport is my best friend.”

What other sports do you watch?


Former World Champion Boxer Glenn McCrory

“I am a big Newcastle United fan, I can see St James’ Park from outside my window and I also like Rugby too among others.”


WBC or IBF? – “IBF.”

British or European Title? – “British.”

Holyfield or Haye? – “Holyfield.”

Cruiserweight or Heavyweight? – “Heavyweight.”

Mayweather of Pacquiao? – “Pacquiao.”

Mormeck or De Leon? – “Mormeck, I wish I could have fought Carlos De Leon, I would have punched holes in him (ha ha), Johnny (Nelson) got the chance, but I never did.”

Johnny Nelson or Jim Watt? – “Oh, its like saying my mum or my dad (ha ha), really cannot choose, so both.”

Jab or Hook? – “Jab.”

Head or Body? – “Head.”

City? – “New York.”

Country? – “Cuba.”

Drink? – “Red Wine.”

Animal? – “Cat.”

Favourite Quote? – “I can resist anything but Tempation” – Oscar Wilde

And finally Glenn, Tell us something we don’t know about you? 

“I have a tattoo of Cheryl Cole, not even my mother knows that!”

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