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Encyclopedia > Ray Mercer
Olympic medal record
Men's Boxing
Gold 1988 Seoul Heavyweight
Ray Mercer
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Real name Ray Mercer
Nickname Merciless
Rated at Heavyweight
Nationality American
Birth date April 4, 1961 (1961-04-04) (age 46)
Birth place Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Death date -
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 41
Wins 34
Wins by KO 25
Losses 6
Draws 1
No contests 0

"Merciless" Ray Mercer (born April 4, 1961 in Jacksonville, Florida) is an American professional boxer and former WBO World Heavyweight Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist and resideds in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Boxing has been contested at every Summer Olympic Games since its introduction to the programme at the 1904 Summer Olympics except 1912. ... you are such a dumb noob and the red sox rule Size = 200 | Optional caption = | Host city = Seoul, South Korea | Nations participating = 159 | Athletes participating = 8,465 (6,279 men, 2,186 women) | Events = 263 in 27 sports | Opening ceremony = September 17, 1988 | Closing ceremony = October 2, 1988 | Officially opened... Boxing at the 1988 Summer Olympics took place in the Chamshil Students Gymnasium in Seoul. ... Heavyweight is a division, or weight class, in boxing. ... is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Motto: Where Florida Begins Location in the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country United States State Florida County Duval Government  - Mayor John Peyton (R) Area  - City  885 sq mi (2,264. ... Separate articles treat Eastern Orthodox Christianity and Orthodox Judaism. ... is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Motto: Where Florida Begins Location in the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country United States State Florida County Duval Government  - Mayor John Peyton (R) Area  - City  885 sq mi (2,264. ... The World Boxing Organization (WBO) is a sanctioning organization currently recognizing professional boxing world champions. ...

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Boxing career

Amateur

Mercer was the 1988 United States Amateur Champion at Heavyweight while in the US Army and compiled an Amateur record of 64-6. He won Gold in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul as a heavyweight. In 1989, Mercer fought Barry Flowers (USAF) which contributed to a K.O. win in the 7th round. The United States National Boxing Championships bestow the title of United States Amateur Champion on amateur boxers for winning the annual national amateur boxing tournament organized by USA Boxing, the national governing body for Olympic boxing and is the United States member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA). ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... you are such a dumb noob and the red sox rule Size = 200 | Optional caption = | Host city = Seoul, South Korea | Nations participating = 159 | Athletes participating = 8,465 (6,279 men, 2,186 women) | Events = 263 in 27 sports | Opening ceremony = September 17, 1988 | Closing ceremony = October 2, 1988 | Officially opened... Seoul   is the capital of South Korea and is located on the Han River in the countrys northwest. ...


Professional

Mercer's professional career started in 1989, with a TKO of Jesse Hughes. Mercer moved up the ranks quickly and became the WBO World Heavyweight Champion in 1991 after knocking out the previously unbeaten Francesco Damiani in Atlantic City. Later that same year, Mercer has his most infamous fight with his brutal knockout win over Tommy Morrison to retain the title. Francesco Damiani was the first Heavyweight champion of the World Boxing Organization. ... A boxer is knocked down and receives the 10-count. ... Tommy David Morrison (born January 2, 1969, Jay, Oklahoma) is a heavyweight boxer, and the former World Boxing Organization champion. ...


He then suffered defeats to Larry Holmes (1992), Jesse Ferguson (1993), Evander Holyfield (1995) and Lennox Lewis (1996) before taking time out of boxing in 1997 due to problems with hepatitis B. His loss to Ferguson prevented him from challenging then-champion Riddick Bowe, and was marred by allegations that Mercer tried to bribe Ferguson to throw the fight. An investigation of the alleged bribe proved inconclusive, although Ferguson did maintain that Mercer offered him the bribe during the fight. For the politician and activist, see Larry Holmes (Marxist). ... Jesse Ferguson is a boxer who fought in several noteworthy boxing matches in the 80s and 90s. ... Evander Holyfield (born October 19, 1962 in Atmore, Alabama) is a professional boxer from the United States and a multiple-time world champion in both the Cruiserweight and Heavyweight divisions. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Hepatitis B is an inflammation of the liver and is caused by the Hepatitis B virus (HBV), a member of the Hepadnavirus family[1] and one of hundreds of unrelated viral species which cause viral hepatitis. ... Riddick Lamont Bowe (born August 10, 1967, Brooklyn, New York) is an American boxer and former undisputed heavyweight champion. ...


Resuming his boxing career in 1998, he strung together a number of early round knockouts over journeymen such as Leo Loiacono, Jeff Pegues, Don Steele and Bryan Scott before losing to WBO Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2002. Mercer's last venture into the boxing ring was a loss to Shannon Briggs on August 26, 2005 - Briggs went on to become the WBO World Heavyweight Champion the following year. Dr. Wladimir Wladimirowitsch Klitschko (Ukrainian: , Volodymyr Volodymyrovych Klychko); born March 25, 1976 in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan) is a Ukrainian heavyweight boxer, former WBO and the current IBF and IBO World Heavyweight Champion. ... Shannon Brooklyn Briggs (born December 4, 1971 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American heavyweight boxer and actor, whose career peaked by controversially outpointing George Foreman for the linear heavyweight championship but was decelerated by a loss to Lennox Lewis in 1998. ...


Kickboxing career

Continuing to seek a fighting career, Mercer opted to travel to Japan and challenged Musashi in the kickboxing combat sport K-1 on June 6, 2004. He was knocked down in the first round and went on to lose via unanimous decision. On March 19, 2005, he had one more K-1 bout against Remy Bonjasky, to whom he lost via KO after being caught with a high kick. As Mercer put it, "I got the (stuffing) kicked out of me".[1] Musashi (武蔵, October 17, 1972-) is a Japanese kickboxer who fights in the K-1 ring. ... K. 1 is a designation given to two works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the original Köchel Verzeichnis. ... K. 1 is a designation given to two works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the original Köchel Verzeichnis. ... Remy Bonjasky (January 10, 1976) is a Muay Thai fighter from the Netherlands famous for his winning of the K-1 fighting championship in Japan. ...


Mixed Martial Arts career

After a series of scheduled boxing matchups fell through (including a proposed bout against former champion Hasim Rahman), Mercer decided to try MMA and approached Felix Martinez, co-founder of Cage Fury Fighting Championships, about working with the promotion. On March 21, 2007, Cage Fury announced that Mercer had signed to face underground street fighter and Internet legend Kimbo Slice at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on June 23, 2007 as part of Cage Fury Fighting Championship 5. This will be a sanctioned match under the New Jersey Unified MMA rules. Both fighters will earn a $50,000 purse, with the winner receiving a $25,000 bonus and another $10,000 for a knockout. Ray Mercer has been preparing for his fight at Shore Kick Karate of Egg Harbor Township under Stephen Wright, Kim Wright, and Jose Tabora. Hasim The Rock Shariff Rahman (born November 7, 1972), is an American boxer who became the linear and legit Heavyweight champion of the world by knocking out Lennox Lewis in 2001. ... For the fighting style, see hybrid martial arts. ... Cage Fury Fighting Championships (GFFC) is an American mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. ... Kimbo Slice real name Abdullah Byrd (born c. ... Cage Fury Fighting Championships 5 is an upcoming mixed martial arts event that will take place on June 23, 2007 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. ...

Preceded by
Francesco Damiani
WBO World Heavyweight Championship
11 Jan 1991–24 Dec 1991
Vacated
Succeeded by
Michael Moorer

Francesco Damiani was the first Heavyweight champion of the World Boxing Organization. ... The WBO World Heavyweight Championship is the top prize in the World Boxing Organization, one of four world-sanctioning boxing organizations in the world. ... Michael Lee Moorer (born November 12, 1967) is a former boxer who has been a world champion in the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions. ...

See also

This is a list of notable male boxers. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Cyber Boxing Zone -- Boxing Chronicle (1807 words)
Mercer was hurt, but instead of running or clutching, he overtly leaned on the ropes and waved Klitschko in.
Mercer dropped his hands after eating this combination and revealed a two-inch cut over his right eye, a cut caused by the lead hook that started the sequence.
Mercer must have been feeling like time was running out, because at the beginning of the sixth round, the unthinkable happened: Ray Mercer threw his right hand.
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Ray Mercer (June 29, 2002) (1210 words)
Mercer's blue mouthpiece was halfway dislodged when he seemed to snap out of his stupor and scramble to his feet at the count of five.
Mercer pointed at Klitschko across the ring and yelled at the champion that he was ready to fight.
Mercer valor and heart has never been in question and once again he displayed a granite chin, however, his time to step aside is clearly at hand.
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