Ring return for McBride a Tyson tuneup?


Published: March 18, 2005

By Jim Fenton

Brockton-based heavyweight Kevin McBride returns to the ring tonight for an important national cable television bout.

Trained by Goody Petronelli, McBride (31-4-1) will oppose Kevin Montiy of Flat Rock, Mich., at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. (10 p.m.; ESPN2).

According to promoter Rich Cappiello of Brockton, a victory by McBride over Montiy (15-2-1) could lead to a fight with Mike Tyson later this year.

McBride and Tyson were in negotiations to fight last July, but after agreeing on financial terms, McBride was nudged out of the picture. Danny Williams stepped in, took less money to be the opponent and stopped Tyson in the fourth round last July.

Cappiello said Tyson plans to make another comeback, and is interested in fighting McBride. Cappiello said he has already had discussions with Tyson’s manager, Shelly Finkel, about a bout.

More quotes available in the extended section of this post (click ‘Read More‘ below).“This is a crossroads fight for Kevin,” said Cappiello. “We’re looking to get that Mike Tyson fight back for him in June. We’ve been talking.

“That’s why this is an important fight for Kevin. It’s kind of make it or break it. Kevin needs national exposure, and he’s going to get it (tonight). There’s so much opportunity in the heavyweight division. No one is really standing tall. A win here would open a lot of doors.”

McBride, a native of Clones, Ireland, who has been training in Brockton for nearly five years, hasn’t fought since Dec. 4, 2003, when he stopped Marcus Rhode in the third round at the Roxy in Boston.

The 31-year-old McBride, who was on the 1992 Irish Olympic team, is 9-1 since moving to the United States in 1999.

The fight with the 6-foot-5 Montiy will pit two tall heavyweights McBride is 6-foot-6 who have knockout potential. Montiy has knocked out 12 of his 15 victims while McBride has 26 knockouts.

Montiy is coming off a majority decision loss to Demetrice King last Nov. 19.

Another Brockton-based fighter, Anthony Russell, will make his debut for the Cappiello Gym. The cruiserweight from Canada meets John Douglas of New York in a six-round fight.

Russell (8-0-1) moved to Massachusetts from Toronto earlier this year to train under Mike Cappiello.

“Anthony looks great,” said Rich Cappiello. “He’s got world-class potential. There’s no doubt he’s going to be a top 10 contender.”

Brothers James and Mark Clancy of Clones, who now live in Boston, will also be on the Foxwoods card.

James Clancy is scheduled to fight a six-round heavyweight bout with Harold Rodriguez of Taunton and Mark Clancy, a cruiserweight, will go against Joe Lorenzi of Michigan.

Rich Cappiello will be promoting another ESPN card at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn., on April 1.

Brockton-based Willie Gibbs, a middleweight, will fight a 10-round main event bout against Andres Pacheco on that night.