OtG Press Room | Wed. July 21, 2010
Former WBO and IBA world champion Bronco “Superman” McKart (52-9-1, 31 KOs) will be going for his third world title on September 18 in his hometown of Monroe, Michigan, where he will take on an opponent to be announced for the vacant UBO World Middleweight title.
A true veteran of the game, McKart made his professional debut in 1992 and won the Michigan State and WBC International light middleweight titles on his way to his first shot at a world championship in 1996 where he stopped Santos Cardona from Puerto Rico to lift the WBO crown.
McKart lost the WBO title to future Hall-Of-Famer Winky Wright, but it was a close call and Wright only narrowly escaped with a split decision. After four consecutive victories McKart found himself in position to win his second world title the following year, and once again he succeeded when he clearly outpointed Eric Holland to win the IBA title.
He successfully defended the IBA belt against Ronald Weaver, and in 2000 he finally secured a long-awaited rematch with Wright, who this time won an uncontroversial unanimous decision. The pair would fight a third and final time two years later, this time for the IBF World title that Wright had won after surprisingly loosing the WBO version to Harry Simon in South Africa. Wright won again when McKart was disqualified for excessive low blows.
In 2004 McKart challenged for the WBA world championship at “The Mecca of Boxing”, Madison Square Garden in New York, but came up short and lost a decision to undefeated champion Travis Simms. After that fight, McKart decided to move up to middleweight in search for his third world title. After twelve years and twelve title bouts at 154 Lbs., six of those for world championships, victories over top class names such as Aaron Davis, Santos Cardona, Glenwood Brown, Ronald Weaver, Jason Papillion, Michael Lerma and Alex Bunema, it was time to look for new challenges at a higher weight.
Despite mixed results, McKart has established that he can compete at world class level at 160 Lbs. A victory over Enrique Ornelas, where he captured the NABF championship, a draw with fellow former world champion Raul Marquez and competitive defeats against Kelly Pavlik and Roman Karmazin are testaments to this fact. This past February, McKart won an Inter-Continental title by outclassing tough Columbian Jose Berrio, and he is now ready to fight for the UBO world title in his quest to become a three time, two-division world champion on September 18.