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Jimmy Lange Now Feeding on Boxing’s McFailures


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Jimmy Lange has got the boxing game whupped. The Great Falls junior middleweight parlayed the renown he got from the first-wave reality TV show, The Contender, into a smart career headlining cards near his hometown, in which he gets paid well to beat up mostly club fighters. On paper, he looks like an, um, contender, with a 33-4-2 record. But Lange, who turns 35 this week, appears to have given up dreams of holding a legitimate world title, and his run in the ring has gotten silly lately.

He's now reduced to facing a bunch of, well, McFails.

On Saturday, Lange decisioned a guy in Greensboro with a record of 12 wins and 40 losses and a name to match: Mike McFail.

Really, he beat a guy literally named McFail. This comes after a debacle last year in which state boxing regulators in North Carolina refused to sanction a Lange bout because the desired opponent was a figurative McFail: Jimmy LeBlanc had gone on a 3-15-1 skein before Lange signed to fight him. That bout was canceled before it took place for LeBlanc's safety.

Saturday's fight, Lange's first away from Fairfax since a 2005 Vegas encounter related to his work on "The Contender" series, was billed as a tuneup for Lange's next appearance around here, in November at the Patriot Center.

All we know so far about that fight so far is that Lange'll be at the top of the bill, again, and tickets will cost from $35 to $500. ($500!) His opponent is listed by his handlers as "TBD." Floyd Mayweather's probably busy. But now that McFail's been taken care of, Lange's camp has gotta be on the lookout for a fighter named Lou Zerr. Or maybe Tom Matoekan.

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