McCue puts unbeaten record on the line
He’ll go up against Mponda Kalunga in Brampton
Jordan McCue is risking his unbeaten professional boxing record in what his trainer calls a 50-50 fight on Saturday.
McCue, 27, of Curve Lake, is 3-0 with one knockout since turning pro in August 2018 following a lengthy amateur career. He will face Mponda Kalunga in a six-round super middleweight bout on a United Boxing Promotions show at the CAA Centre in Brampton.
Kalunga, 30, who was born in Egypt but now lives in Toronto, has a 6-2 record with three knockouts. Both his losses were by knockout.
The card will feature former world title challenger Brandon (Bad Boy) Cook and unbeaten lightweight Josh (Dubs) O’Reilly (15-0) and Mohammed Feroze Abedeen (10-1-1) in an NABA title fight.
McCue knows Kalunga well. They’ve sparred in the past while preparing for other bouts.
“I’m familiar with his style and how he’s going to face me so I can adapt accordingly,” said McCue, who had to take some time off after his last win on April 6 in Oshawa to let an injury to his nose heal. Kalunga’s last fight was a knockout win over Kenton Hess (3-2-0) at the CAA Centre in September.
McCue said Kalunga is a step up from his previous opponents.
“This guy is a pretty slick boxer,” he said. “He knows how to weather the storm so I’m not going to take him lightly. He is a step up in competition but I’m here to fight the guys who are up high in the rankings to prove myself.”
McCue has prepared accordingly.
“I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life for this fight. I know what kind of style he’s going to throw at me,” he said. “I’ve been training twice a day sometimes seven days a week. I feel great and ready to get in there and get the job done. I plan to get a win against this guy and open up more opportunities and show that I am a true contender in the level of professional boxing in Canada.”
Kerry Hendren, founder of Scrapyard Boxing Club at George and Charlotte streets and McCue’s manager and trainer, said Kalunga is a good test.
“He’s an up-and-comer and is training with really good guys,” said Hendren.
“He is super good on his feet and is really hard to catch. A positive thing is we trained with the kid to help him for his last fight. He’s the kind of guy who if you let him box we’re in big trouble. If we can cut the ring off and take it to him, then he’s in big trouble.”
Hendren said he expects Kalunga to be on his feet so they asked for a six-round bout to give McCue more time to track him down.
Hendren said the opportunity to fight on a high calibre card and possibly earn further fights with United Boxing Promotions, which has run regular shows in Ontario since 2008, mostly in the GTA, makes it worth a step up in competition so early in McCue’s pro career.
“It’s a 50-50 fight but, honestly, if we can’t beat this guy we’re probably not going to be a world champion,” said Hendren. “I truly don’t believe in picking every one of your fights. You have to step up to the plate at some point. After training with the kid I don’t think he poses a threat of knocking Jordan out. It’s truly a clash of styles.” McCue hopes to impress United Boxing Promotions owner Tyler Buxton.
“If that opens up a bunch of other opportunities with him I’ll be ready for it,” said McCue.
Tickets are available at the CAA Centre box office or online at www.ticketmaster.ca
Coach Al Wilson looks on as boxer Jordan McCue, left, spars with Mike Doherty in preparation for his bout Nov. 16 in Brampton at the Scrapyard Boxing Club.