Mc­Cue suf­fers his first pro loss

Su­per­mid­dleweight drops unan­i­mous de­ci­sion

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Jor­dan Mc­Cue chalked up his first pro­fes­sional box­ing loss to a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Curve Lake su­per­mid­dleweight lost a six-round unan­i­mous de­ci­sion to Mponda Kalunga at Bramp­ton’s CAA Cen­tre on Satur­day night. Mc­Cue’s record dips to 3-1 with one knock­out. Kalunga, a na­tive of Egypt who now calls Toronto home, im­proved to 7-2 with three knock­outs. The bout was part of a United Box­ing Pro­mo­tions card which fea­tured for­mer world ti­tle chal­lenger Bran­don Cook of Ajax. Mc­Cue’s trainer/man­ager Kerry Hen­dren, head coach of the Scrap­yard Box­ing Club, said prior to the bout if Mc­Cue could catch Kalunga he’d win, if he couldn’t he’d lose. The two fight­ers had sparred in the past, so they were fa­mil­iar with one an­other. Hen­dren said Kalunga got on his feet early and Mc­Cue wasn’t able to catch him enough to swing the tide his way but he said Mc­Cue won over new fans by try­ing to make it an ex­cit­ing fight.

Mc­Cue, 27, said he was dis­ap­pointed but not dis­cour­aged by the re­sult.

“I kind of felt like he had the home­town ad­van­tage be­ing a home­town fighter out of Bramp­ton and train­ing there,” said Mc­Cue. “I went in there and fought all six rounds com­ing for­ward. There wasn’t one sec­ond where I was back­ing up on him. He would get the odd flurry off and then start run­ning again.

“There is a lot I can take in from this and go back to the gym. I’ll come back more re­silient and be pre­pared for my next op­po­nent.”

It was Mc­Cue’s first six-round fight and he said he felt like he could have gone a few more rounds, so he learned a bit about his stamina and fit­ness. He also learned he has lots to learn.

“I’m go­ing to have to work more on vol­ume and work on strate­gi­cally get­ting them to where I want them in the ring to catch them with my com­bi­na­tions. Not give them the space to run and do the points sys­tem style of fight­ing.”

He was not sur­prised by Kalunga’s strat­egy to hit and run.

“He started run­ning in all di­rec­tions and I had to cut down the an­gles and wait pa­tiently to get him where I wanted him but he was slip­pery,” said Mc­Cue, a cut lip and shiner un­der his left eye il­lus­trat­ing Kalunga landed some solid shots.

“I caught him with some big shots,” said Mc­Cue, “and took it to him all six rounds com­ing for­ward. He emerged vic­to­ri­ous and was the bet­ter fighter on the night. I knew go­ing in I was the un­der­dog com­ing into the guy’s home­town en­vi­ron­ment and how his style was go­ing to be.”

Mc­Cue also sensed he won over some fans with his style of fight­ing.

“I’ll fight all the rounds and I don’t buy into too much hype or what their back­ground or record is,” he said. “I show up to fight and I think I showed that tonight with how I kept my re­lent­less pres­sure up and didn’t back off.”

Mc­Cue will take a cou­ple of weeks off to heal up and then he’ll be back in the gym.

“I knew I was tak­ing a step up and it wouldn’t be an easy fight. That’s what I want to do. I want to show I can stand in there with some top level guys and fight,” he said. “I’ll get back in the gym and look at the draw­ing board and see what I have to work on.”


Curve Lake’s Jor­dan Mc­Cue, right, pushes the pace in his bout with Mponda Kalunga Satur­day in Bramp­ton. Mc­Cue came out on the los­ing end of a six-round de­ci­sion.

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