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Boxing: McBride’s return falls flat

By David Kelly

Kevin McBride’s career would seem to be over following his comeback defeat at the hands of journeyman Zack Page.

In the early hours of yesterday morning at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center New York, the man who ended the career of Mike Tyson five years ago fell to a unanimous points defeat — 80-72, 80-72, 78-74.

The 37-year-old, returning to the ring after a three year absence, will now have to seriously consider hanging up his gloves for good after this dismal loss.

McBride, never the quickest heavyweight, weighed in just over 20st and never looked like winning against an opponent who came in at short notice and has a record of 21 wins, 29 defeats and two draws.

Having enjoyed a shock sixth round stoppage of former undisputed World heavyweight champion Tyson in 2005, McBride appeared destined to fight for the World title but instead his career seemed to drift away.

Defeats to Mike Mollo and former World title challenger Andrew Golota led to him retiring in 2007 but just before Christmas he got back into training.

However, this defeat to Page leaves his career in tatters and he would be wise to call it a day.

Meanwhile, in the latest World rankings European super-middleweight champion Brian Magee is at six with the WBC and five in the WBA.

Fellow European champion Paul McCloskey is at seven with the WBC, while Martin Lindsay is at five in the IBF’s featherweight ratings.

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