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Biofile Get 2 Know Kevin McBride

Posted on 04/11/2011

The veteran heavyweight contender retired from pro boxing after losing to Tomasz Adamek. Here is the Biofile interview with McBride which covers his boxing career…

Status: Retired Heavyweight contender. His ring record: 35-9-1 (29 KO’s).

Ht: 6-6  Wt: 290

DOB: May 5, 1973  In: County Clones, Ireland

Boxing Inspirations:  “Yes, Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. And Barry McGuigan.”

Hobbies/Interests:  “I like playing football and training.”

Nicknames:  “The Clones Colossus, The Irish Leprechaun, Demolition Man.”

Favorite Movies:  “I like a lot of boxing movies, Cinderella Man, also I like Superman.”

Favorite TV Show:  “Sopranos.”

Musical Tastes:  “All Irish pop music, I like all kinds of music, anything with a beat to it.”

First Job:  “Boxing.”

First Car:  “Was a Ford Explorer.”

Greatest Sports Moment:  “Beating Mike Tyson.”

Most Painful Moment:  “Is losing the fight in England (to Michael Murray) just before my father died. I wanted to win it so much but he was sick before the fight and I couldn’t pull it off. Different reasons, but that was painful for me.”

Pre-fight Feeling:  “It’s a great opportunity – to show the world that I’m a contender not a pretender.”

Funny Boxing Memory: “I’ve got nothing offhand.”

Favorite Meal:  “I like a good Irish breakfast. And steak.”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:  “I like butter pecan.”

Favorite Fighters To Watch:  “All the great fighters like Roberto Duran, Julio Cesar Chavez, Greb, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Sugar Ray Robinson, Rocky Marciano.”

Last Book Read:  “I can’t remember. Last book I read was a baby’s book to my daughter, it was The Three Bears [smiles].”

Childhood Dream:  “To become heavyweight champion of the world.”

Embarrassing Boxing Memory:  “I don’t remember any embarrassing situations. I suppose when you lose. But it’s not really embarrassing because you do your best and that’s all you can do. Some days you don’t show up, but some days you do.”

First Boxing Memory:  “When I qualified for the Olympics in 1992. My first fight I fought for the Irish title. And I lost. It didn’t stop me. I just keep believing and keep coming back.”

People Qualities Most Admired:  “Just to be basic people, just normal people.”

Family:  Wife, Danielle; daughter, Grainne, son, Kevin.

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