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Paris Olympics 2024Paris Olympics 2024, Team USA: Meet Morelle McCane

Morelle McCane, 28, is a boxer from Cleveland, Ohio who locked a quota for the Paris Olympics 2024 at the 2023 Pan American Games.

Family and Early Life of Morelle McCane

Born on January 20, 1995, in Cleveland, Ohio, United States Morelle was one of 10 children of Gregory Sr. and Jocelyn McCane-Adams. She had four brothers – Anton, Adahm, Aaron, and Gregory Andre Adams Jr. – and five sisters – Marissa, Miranda, Meriah, Rachel Sims, Amiracle Adams, and step-sister Ashlyn Bohles. 

Gregory Jr. also loved the sport. But tragedy struck when he passed away, leaving the family devastated. Morelle vowed to honor her late brother’s memory, finding motivation in her loving mother and inspiration in her nieces and nephews who began following her footsteps. She remains driven to this day by her family.

Morelle Mccane Childhood
Image: Young Morelle McCane (Source: Morelle’s Instagram)

Her brother Gregory Andre’ ADAMS JR who loved Football and boxing as well died, and she finds motivation through her family, especially her mother and her nieces and nephews, who have started to follow in her footsteps. 

After obtaining her Associate of Applied Business degree, Morelle explored various business ventures centered around nurturing talent. She taught fitness classes for nursery school children, creatively integrating learning into exercise. She also lead similar classes for the elderly at nursing homes. 

“I used to work at a day-care and that’s where it all started,” she said. “Our approach with little ones incorporated learning into their workout. So we might practise their ABC’s or maths while doing jumping jacks. It was a way of making them excited and focussed for learning, which helps their minds as they are typically all over the place, like mine!

Cleveland’s First Female Boxing Olympian Qualifies for Paris 2024

In a historic triumph, Cleveland native Morelle McCane secured an Olympic quota spot for Team USA Boxing during the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago last week. The 28-year-old punched her ticket to the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics after defeating Canada’s Charlie Cavanagh, the 2022 Elite World Champion silver medalist, by unanimous decision in the semifinals. 

“I will be in Paris, and I feel great,” “I am honored to continue the Cleveland legacy and to be the first female from Cleveland to join the list of greats before me!”

a jubilant McCane declared post-victory.

McCane seized control early in the high-stakes bout, claiming a 4-1 lead after the first round. She asserted her dominance even further in round two, knocking Cavanagh to the canvas towards the end, prompting the referee to issue a standing eight count. McCane smoothly cruised to the final bell, stamping her authority over the Canadian favorite. 

In addition to McCane, four other American boxers – Jamal Harvey, Jennifer Lozano, Jajaira Gonzalez, and Joshua Edwards – also secured their Paris 2024 places in Santiago. But McCane’s qualification carries special historical significance.

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With her sterling Pan-American performance, tenacious Morelle McCane becomes the first-ever female boxer from Cleveland to qualify for the Olympics. She joins four other male Cleveland fighters who have earned the prestigious honor since 2008. 

As she prepares to write her name into the city’s sporting folklore next year in Paris, Morelle will draw inspiration from her late brother Gregory Adams Jr., her biggest supporter. She now carries the torch for her family and all of Cleveland.

Morelle McCane’s Boxing Career so far

Morelle McCane only began boxing at 17, when she accompanied her niece to a local gym in Cleveland during her senior year of high school. She started attending sessions recreationally, but soon progressed to hardcore training and eventually competitive bouts.  

Just a year after taking up the sport, she won the first 2018 National Golden Gloves, the 2018 Western Elite Qualifier and placed 2nd at the 2018 Elite National Championships.

McCane went from strength to strength over the next few years, her trophy cabinet overflowing with prestigious titles. A 2019 Last Chance Qualifier victory was followed by a podium finish at the Strandja Tournament. By 2020, she had topped the USA Boxing Elite National Championships and finished an agonizing 2nd at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

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The 2020 and 2022 USA Boxing Elite crowns along with the 2022 National Golden Gloves. After each victory, McCane drew inspiration from her proud mother Jocelyn, her biggest cheerleader.  

“She’s a great inspiration to me,” “Seeing her grow and become the woman that she is amazing to me. I am so proud of her.”

Her Mother said

McCane is now an Olympian and trailblazing star. She can often be found training alongside famous faces like Jake Paul as she prepares for her date with Destiny in Paris next year.

Devastating Loss of her Brother Gregory Adams Jr.

Alongside her rapid rise to fame, Morelle McCane has also faced an immeasurable tragedy. Her beloved brother Gregory Adams Jr., her staunchest supporter, passed away suddenly.  

Morelle Mccane Brother Gregory Adams Jr. Death
Image: Morelle McCane shares beautiful tributes to her brother Gregory Adams Jr. (Source: Morelle’s Instagram)

His untimely death left the entire family shellshocked. For Morelle, the grief almost makes her quit boxing. Instead, she returned to the ring soon with returned good trim – determined to keep her brother’s memory alive through her performances.  

“I’ve overcome many obstacles,” “Losing my brother at what should have been the most exciting time in my career was devastating. But I carry him with me now wherever I go. I know he would have been so proud.”  

She said

On his birthdays and other poignant occasions, Morelle often writes emotional social media tributes to her “dawg” Gregory. Last year she wrote –

“Man I miss my dawg! Life ain’t been the same. The year you past was the first year I started and competed you were so happy lol walking around the neighborhood with the belt man  I think this the only thing that kept me from going crazy. The way you enjoyed life I admire you for that. I’m so glad we made great memories. I cherish them forever  rest in heaven little brother gone but truly never forgotten #mcm been through hell and back but God got me fasho”  

She posted

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