This 10 round middleweight bout between Milt McCrory vs Doug DeWitt was between two more “really good” boxers during the golden age of boxing (1964 – 1995)…..who both had won world championship titles in their careers…..McCrory the WBC welterweight title and DeWitt the WBO middleweight title….as both of these guys would most definitely been recognized more than they are in 2016….had they fought during another era…..but the golden age of boxing had a large number of “really good” boxers…..along with dozens of “great” boxers…..with multiple handfuls of “super great” boxers…..and a couple of handfuls of legendary boxers. So, both Milton McCrory and Doug DeWitt deserve their shrine and their recognition for their talents and skills in the boxing ring.
Milton McCrory was a professional boxer in the welterweight (147lb) division….who had a reported amateur record of 105-15….losing the 1979 National AAU finals to Lemuel Steeples….along with the Olympic Trials to Johnny Bumphus. When McCrory turned professional, he trained under the legendary Emanuel Steward in the famous Detroit Kronk Gym program. Known as “Ice Man”….McCrory turned pro in 1980 an won his first 20 bouts….thus establishing himself as the unified #1 contender for the welterweight title at the time of Sugar Ray Leonard retirement. He won the vacant WBC belt….becoming the first Kronk gym Detroit-born champion….who in a rematch with Colin Jones after fighting to a draw with him in their initial match-up. He defended the title four times before losing the belt via KO in a unification match with Donald Curry in 1985. He later moved up to light middleweight and challenged Mike McCallum for his WBA light middleweight title in 1987….but lost via a 10th round TKO. He retired in 1991 after losing 2 of his last 4 fights….where in his last bout he scored a first round knockout of Robert Curry…..retiring with a record of 35 Wins 4 Losses 1 Draw with 21 KO’s. McCrory is also the brother of former world champion Steve McCrory.
Doug DeWitt is an American former world middleweight boxing champion…..known as “Cobra”….who started boxing at the age of 15…..and by the time he was 18….he had turned pro….then he won three middleweight titles during a 12-year career. DeWitt recorded an amateur record of 35 wins and 4 losses…..then went on to record a professional record of 33 wins 8 losses 5 draws with 19 KO’s.
This was a very good fight between two “really good” boxers and is well worth the watch.