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Sunday, 07 September 2014 21:32

Election 2014: Former Top 10 heavyweight boxer KO'd in Congressional bid

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On August 26, former heavyweight title challenger Jameel McCline (41-13-3, 24 KO) was defeated by long-time incumbent U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings in the former's bid to win the Democratic primary in Florida's 20th congressional district.

The 44 year old, 6'6" heavyweight, whose career spanned from 1995 to 2012, earned just shy of 7 percent of the vote.

McCline's decision to attempt to unseat the wily 77 year old veteran was a peculiar one considering he has no known formalized education or experience in politics or law.

One of boxing's brightest prospects in the early 2000s, the hulking McCline defeated a host of contenders during his career, including Alfred Cole, Michael Grant, Lance Whitaker, Shannon Briggs, Charles Shufford, Cedric Boswell, and Terry Smith.

Not short on opportunities granted to him in the ring, McCline has taken part in four world Heavyweight title clashes with Chris Byrd, Wladimir Klitschko, Nikolai Valuev and Samuel Peter, losing each time. The Floridian has also fought - and lost - to standouts John Ruiz, Chris Arreola and Zuri Lawrence.

He last fought in Summer 2012, falling victim to Magomed Abdusalamov via a second round stoppage.

Despite earning an estimated $15 million in his long career, Jameel McCline is financially sapped, according to federal court records. Nevertheless, he purportedly somehow managed to drop $150,000 of his own money into his campaign.

"I want to show people what a powerful representative I will be and how hard I'll fight for them in Washington for jobs and for economic equality in my hard-pressed district, which hasn't had a fighter for a long time," said McCline on the campaign trail.


And when I'm up there, I'll break up some of those clinches that are clogging up the works and preventing the people's representatives from acting in the interest of those who sent them there."

To no avail, the former pugilist appeared on television and radio shows and vowed to fight harder for his constituents than Rep. Hastings ever has.

What's next for McCline?

Perhaps he can run again in 2016.

Didn't Manny Pacquiao lose his first bid for congress?

Start campaigning now, Jameel.
 

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