Author of CARRYING DAVID
Glenn McCrory was born and raised in County Durham, one of seven siblings, among whom was an adopted brother, David. After joining the McCrory family, it became clear than David was suffering from a disease which would eventually claim his life.
After a short but successful junior and amateur boxing career, McCrory made his professional debut in February 1984, scoring a first-round knockout against Barry Ellis. Over the next fifteen months he won twelve more fights, before suffering his first defeat against John Westgarth in September 1985. McCrory's career was on the rocks as he lost a further four fights out of his next five.
The losing streak ended and McCrory began a run of form which would take his first titles. Four straight victories set him up for a shot at Chisanda Mutti, the reigning Commonwealth Cruiserweight Champion, on 4 September 1987. The fight went the distance with McCrory picking up a points win. In January 1988 he defended his title for the first time and also picked up the British Cruiserweight belt with a win over Tee Jay. Part of McCrory's preparation saw him spar with Mike Tyson - in total he spent 96 rounds in the ring with him.
Further victories followed until, in June 1989, McCrory challenged Patrick Lumumba for the vacant Cruiserweight title, winning the belt via a unanimous points decision. He made one defence of the belt against Siza Makathini in October 1989 before losing it to Jeff Lampkin in March 1990.
Following the Lampkin defeat, McCrory moved up to heavyweight. In September 1991 he lost to future World Champion Lennox Lewis, a challenge match proposed by McCrory to help him clear debts. In July 1993, McCrory attempted to win back the IBF Cruiserweight belt, losing over twelve rounds to reigning champion Alfred Cole in Moscow, one of the first professional fights after the collapse of the Iron Curtain.
Since retirement, McCrory has become a television commentator and occasional actor. He has been employed by Sky Television since 1989 and is one of the longest-serving analysts on the network.
Find Glenn on Twitter: @SkyGlennMcCrory