Terry McGroom

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Name: Terry McGroom
Born: 1966-03-16
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height: 6′ 1″   /   185cm
Reach: 77″   /   196cm
Boxing Record: click

Chicago Boxing reunion at NIASHOF

Terry McGroom was a very tough Heavyweight/Cruiserweight. McGroom had a good amateur career capped with a silver medal from the 1990 Goodwill Games in the 81KG division. McGroom started off his pro career going undefeated in his first 11 fights when he met his hardest fight in the pros. He faced Darrol Wilson, a heavy hitting heavyweight who would make a name for himself later on, and battled his way to a 10 round draw. McGrooms next big fight was a 8th round TKO loss to future number one contender Kirk Johnson. Johnson was much bigger than McGroom and slugged him to the canvas. After the loss to Johnson, McGroom's first, he became inactive. Fighting once a year and not gaining much momentum. His impressive Victory over Estaban Pizzarro earned him the biggest fight of his career against James Toney. It was a close fight with Toney and some thought the decision should have been given to McGroom . None the less a great impression was made and McGroom made myself a name in the cruiserweight division. Inactivity again hurt McGroom as he sat on the side lines for over a year before he challenged Vasily Jirov for his IBF Cruiserweight belt. The result was a shocking one round KO for Jirov, the result from one well place body blow from the best body puncher in the game. McGroom has not fought since.

Amateur Highlights

  • 1987 National Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight champion
  • 1988 National Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight champion
  • 1989 National Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight champion
  • 1991 United States Amateur Light heavyweight champion