Gerald McClellan vs Gilbert Baptist also featuring Randall Yonker vs Mike McCallum official media press pack, billed "Global Warfare", 4th March 1994, MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
Press packs are information packages that are assembled by promoters for members of the media who are assigned to report on the fight. A pack usually contains statistics and bio's on all the fighters and various personnel of the fight. All put together in an attractive folder.
Condition very good (slight creasing to folder)
McClellan W TKO 1
* Baptist went down from a left hook just seconds into the fight. He went down again just a few seconds after regaining his feet. He was ready to go down for a third time when the fight was called at the 1:37 mark.
* Baptist was a late replacement for Lamar Parks who pulled out claiming an injured shoulder. But it was later learned he pulled out when the Nevada State Athletic commission mandated he take an HIV test. Shortly thereafter, it would be well publicized that Parks had tested positive for the HIV virus and his career sadly came to an end.
McCallum W TKO 5
Gerald McClellan is regarded as one of the hardest hitters in middleweight history. He ended up almost blind, partially paralyzed, and severely brain-damaged as a result of his fight with Nigel Benn in February 1995. He was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame: Class of 2007. Freeport, Illinois locals have contributed supplies and manpower to make needed repairs to McClellan's home. McClellan, his wife and children attended a fundraiser organized and hosted by preacher Nigel Benn in London in 2007 which raised money for McClellan's ongoing medical expenses, which are estimated at $70,000 annually. Roy Jones Jr. has donated to a financial trust fund to help McClellan, who is almost blind and 80% deaf, but who partially regained his ability to stand and walk in 2007 and can now move with a cane. In addition, boxing photographer Teddy Blackburn has published a benefit book of photos with proceeds going to McClellan's family.
Born Michael McKenzie McCallum on December 7, 1956 in Kingston, Jamaica. Nicknamed "The Body Snatcher" for his fierce body punching, McCallum was an impressive amateur, amassing a 240-10 record. Among his many amateur achievements include a berth on the 1976 Olympic team and National Golden Gloves and AAU championships.
A stylish boxer/puncher, he turned pro in 1981 and won the vacant WBA junior middleweight title from Sean Mannion in 1984. He defended it successfully six times, including wins over Julian Jackson, Milton McCrory and a dramatic kayo over Donald Curry, before abandoning the crown to compete as a middleweight. In 1988 McCallum lost a 12-round decision to Sumbu Kalambay for the WBA middleweight championship. Undeterred, "The Body Snatcher" defeated Herol Graham in 1989 to add the vacant WBA middleweight title to his collection. He defended the belt three times with wins over Steve Collins, Michael Watson and Kalambay before the WBA stripped him of the title. McCallum next challenged the IBF middleweight king James "Lights Out" Toney for middleweight supremacy on December 13, 1991. The highly competitive bout ended in a draw and in a rematch he dropped a 12-round decision to Toney. McCallum's championship days were not over as he went up in weight and won the WBC light heavyweight title from Jeff Harding in 1994 to become a three-division champion.
After losing the title to Frenchman Fabrice Tiozzo, McCallum met Roy Jones, Jr. for the vacant WBC light heavyweight belt, losing a 12-round decision. Following a rubber match with James Toney (L12), McCallum retired from the ring with a 49-5-1 (36KOs) record. Regarded as a superb ring technician, McCallum is now a boxing trainer based in Las Vegas.