By Jim Dower: 37-year-old heavyweight hopeful Kevin McBride (34-7-1, 29 KO’s) should have been more selective in choosing opponents after a two and half year layoff. On Saturday night, the former Mike Tyson conqueror was beaten by journeyman heavyweight Zack Page (21-29-2, 7 KO’s) by an eight round unanimous decision at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center, in Poughkeepsie, New York. The final judges’ scores were 80-72, 80-72 and 78-74, all for the 37-year-old Page. McBride, 6’6″ 282, dwarfed his much smaller 6’0″ 205 pound opponent.
However, McBride looked like he wasn’t in boxing shape, because he was spent after only one round . It was the exact same case as McBride’s last fight, a 6th round stoppage, against Andrew Golota in 2007. McBride started off well in that fight but was gassed after the 1st round and began to take punishment soon after.
On Saturday night, McBride, besides not having the stamina to fight hard beyond the 1st round, didn’t have the quickness to handle the quicker Page. McBride was beaten to the punch repeatedly throughout the fight and was unable to block the incoming shots from the faster Page.
Back in 2005, McBride stopped an old Tyson in the 6th round. That was the highlight of McBride’s career. Since then, it’s been all down pretty much for McBride. He’s only won one fight since the Tyson bout, beating Byron Polley by a 4th round stoppage in 2006. McBride has lost his last three fights since the Polley win, getting stopped by Mike Mollo, Golota and now out-pointed by Page.
In fight results on the card are as follows:
Luis Orlando Del Valle KO 4 Pasqual Rouse
Zack Page UD 8 Kevin McBride
Nagy Aguilera TKO 1 Roderick Willis