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Wilbert McClure

Full name: Wilbert James McClure
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: October 29, 1938 in Toledo, Ohio, United States
Affiliations: Toledo Police Athletic League
Country: USA United States
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Wilbert McClure had won the 1959 Pan American Games gold medal as well as the 1959 and 1960 National AAU championships by the time he went to Rome in 1960. At Rome he won four straight decisions but was never seriously challenged. McClure turned professional shortly after the Olympics. He fought for seven years as a pro, compiling a lifetime record of 23 wins, seven losses and one draw. Wilbert McClure always stood on the edge of greatness as a pro. Several times he had fights which, had he won, probably would have brought him a title shot, but he could never quite break through. Among these were two losses by decision in late 1963 to recently dethroned middleweight champion, Luis Rodríguez; a loss in May 1964 to future light-heavyweight champion (and former Olympian), [José Torres]; and a loss and a draw in early 1966 to ill-fated middleweight contender, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. After earning degrees in literature and philosophy from the University of Toledo (1961), and a PhD in psychology from Wayne State (1973), McClure became a professor at Northeastern University and ran his own counseling firm, also serving a term as chairman of the Massachusetts State Boxing Commission.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 21 Roma Boxing Men's Light-Middleweight United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Light-Middleweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP
1960 Summer 21 Roma Boxing United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1960-09-05 McClure (USA) , Bossi (ITA) decision 4 59 59 58+ 60 59 295
1960 Summer 21 Roma Boxing United States USA Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1960-09-03 McClure (USA) , Lagutin (URS) decision 3 60 58 59 59 60 296
1960 Summer 21 Roma Boxing United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1960-09-01 McClure (USA) , Lima (ARG) decision 3 58 59 58+ 58 58+ 291
1960 Summer 21 Roma Boxing United States USA Round Two Match #1 1 1960-08-30 McClure (USA) , Nyangweso (UGA) decision 5 60 58 59 60 60 297
1960 Summer 21 Roma Boxing United States USA Round One Match #2 1 1960-08-25 McClure (USA) bye
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