ON June 1, 2019 – the night that Andy Ruiz Jnr shocked the world by beating Anthony Joshua – a large, hulking man, casually dressed with a pleasant demeanour, made his way through the crowd at Madison Square Garden. He didn’t exactly blend in. At 6ft 6ins tall and weighing more than 300lbs, it’s hard to blend. Those who saw him could have been forgiven for thinking that he was a retired NFL lineman.
He’s a nice man, amiable and easy-going, a bit reticent when meeting strangers. But the words flow when he feels comfortable. His name is Kevin McBride. And on the night of June 11, 2005, he secured a place in boxing history. On that night at the MCI Center in Washington, DC, he became ‘The Conqueror of Mike Tyson’. “How long has it been?” McBride is asked.
“In 10 days, it will be 14 years to the day,” he answers. “But who’s counting.”