It looks all too easy for Oliver McCall.
All he has to do is add his name to the list of world champions who have knocked out Frank Bruno, then look forward to a $100 million showdown with Mike Tyson next spring.
“When I win this fight, Tyson is the No. 1 contender, and I want Tyson,” said McCall, who defends his WBC title against Bruno on Saturday at Wembley stadium.
He then plans to unify the title by winning the WBO, WBA and IBF crowns, and the champion said he would be ashamed if he let Bruno spoil all that.
“All he’s going to do is make me look bad to have lost to someone with such low fighting skills,” McCall said.
“Realistically, if he had his way and could say that he beat Oliver McCall, what’s he going to get out of it? I know now that he’s going to get knocked out by the next person he fights.”
Bruno, knocked out in title fights by Tim Witherspoon in 1986, Tyson in ‘89 and Lennox Lewis in ‘93, believes this is his best chance.
“It’s a miracle I’m even getting this chance. It’s another miracle that McCall has come to London,” said Bruno, 33, who has knocked out 38 of the 39 fighters he has beaten. “It would be a sin to waste miracles.”
Bruno has a big weight advantage over McCall, a sledgehammer right hand and he knows few people inside the stadium will be rooting for the American.
Bruno has gained a reputation in boxing as having no natural defenses after he’s been hit hard. Once he’d been hit by Witherspoon, Tyson and Lewis, he seemed to wait to be hit again.
“I’m going to punch until he falls,” McCall said. “When the bell rings, I am going at that man, and he had better have something to stop me or he’s gonna be flat on his back.”
At Thursday’s weigh-in, Bruno was at 247 pounds, 10 ounces, while McCall tipped the scales at 234 pounds, 12 ounces.
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