251 and Out For Journeyman Kevin McCauley
Veteran Journeyman Kevin McCauley has hung his gloves up for the final time after 251 bouts of boxing. McCauley who was originally from Brighton but resided in Stourbridge made his pro debut on 16th May 2008 at the age of 28 losing to Luke Gallear in a 6 rounder. Know as ‘Creepy Crawley’ Kevin McCauley started his career as a welterweight and moved up to Middleweight as he progressed. McCauley‘s final fight was against the unbeaten Mussab Abubaker losing on points with his record ending at 15 wins 12 draws and 224 defeats at the age of 42.
McCauley who stands at 5 foot 9 only had 4 amateur fights winning 2 and drawing 1 before turning over to the pros. McCauley has also won a British masters title, in a ten-round contest in Scotland against Craig Windsor and also won a Midlands area title over ten rounds in Derby against Dave Ryan. McCauley has fought some of the best boxers around like Liam Smith, Jason Welborn, Sam Eggington, Frankie Gavin and a whole host of Britain’s top prospects
McCauley boxed out of the BCB gym at the start off. my career and was managed by Errol Johnson and Paul Mann, but after 20 fights under his belt he started to train himself then later was trained by Charlie Martin at VK gym Bognor Regis.
My first question to McCauley was, who is your favourite fighter? Kevin told me “My favourite boxer as a child was sugar Ray Leonard which later turned into Ricky Hatton and then Tyson fury”. When asked about his favourite fight he has seen he said “My favourite fight was sugar Ray Leonard against Tommy Hearns”.
I then asked McCauley, how long have you been boxing and who inspired you to take up the noble art? Kevin informed me “I have been boxing for around 18 years amateur and professional, I would like to eventually open my own gym and manage and train fighters” McCauley continued by saying “my dad and my children inspired me to take up boxing in the pro ranks, my dad was a huge boxing fan and had around 70 amateur fights and did my corner though my career after he died last year, I lost heart for the sport. It was only my other half that inspired me to keep boxing the last 12 months until I decided to retire”. When asked what was his hardest fight, he told me “I couldn’t say what was my hardest fight as I didn’t turn up to win with most of them obviously because of being a journeyman when I did come to win, I didn’t get the nod which became disheartening”.
It has been my pleasure to see Kevin McCauley boxes a number of times over the last 7 seven years. He has helped a number of prospects over the years learn their trade and has been a competitive opponent for them. I did really think he would have surpassed the 300-fight record held by Kristian Laight and Peter Buckley but after hearing about his dad's passing I can totally understand. McCauley has been a great servant to the Noble art and at 42 has done more than enough to earn everyone’s respect in the boxing world. Yes, he only won 15 fights and drew 12 but he was a journeyman and was there to do a job which he did really well. I saw him box on a number of occasions and there was no doubt in my mind that if he had chosen a different path in boxing he would have had a lot more ‘W's’ in his win column. McCauley like all journeymen and women are the backbone of the boxing industry and without these ‘have gloves will fight’ boxers there would not be as many shows or a place where the hot prospects can hone their skills. McCauley can be very proud of all he has done in boxing and will be missed. The Birmingham Boxing Column wishes him all the best in his retirement.