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Ray Mercer
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Real name Ray Mercer
Nickname(s) Merciless
Rated at Heavyweight
Nationality United States American
Birth date April 4, 1961 (1961-04-04) (age 48)
Birth place Jacksonville, Florida
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 44
Wins 36
Wins by KO 26
Losses 7
Draws 1
No contests 0
Olympic medal record
Men’s Boxing
Competitor for  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1988 Seoul Heavyweight

"Merciless" Ray Mercer (born April 4, 1961 in Jacksonville, Florida) is an American professional boxer, mixed martial artist and former WBO World Heavyweight Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist who resides in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

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Boxing career

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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.

Olympic results

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.

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.

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 also recorded a loss to Shannon Briggs on August 26, 2005 - Briggs went on to become the WBO World Heavyweight Champion the following year.

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 verbal submission, the first and only strike of the night, a head kick, would land on the square on the head of Mercer. It wasn't your typical fight; Mercer took one head kick and then quit in what was one of the most bizarre fights of all time as the kick didn't even seem to hurt him. As Mercer put it, "I got the shit kicked out of me". [1]

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 mixed martial arts (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. The bout was a sanctioned exhibition under the New Jersey Unified MMA rules.[1]

Kimbo Slice won the fight in the first round with a guillotine choke submission.

Mercer later stated in the press conference at Adrenaline III: Bragging Rights when he was scheduled to fight Tim Sylvia under MMA rules instead of Boxing rules that he had expected Kimbo Slice to box with him and said that he did not really train in any other aspect of MMA and was unprepared for the guillotine choke.

On June 13, 2009, Mercer defeated former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia at Adrenaline III: Bragging Rights. He won the fight via knockout in 9 seconds, becoming the first man to ever defeat Sylvia by knockout. He then called out Eric Esch after the fight.

In March 2010, it was announced that Mercer had signed with the King of the Cage organization.[2] He will face undefeated Ron "The Monster" Sparks on April 16, 2010 with the bout being aired on HDNet.

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location
United States Ron Sparks King of the Cage - Detroit 02010-04-16 April 16, 2010 United States Detroit, Michigan, USA
Win 1-0 United States Tim Sylvia KO (Punch) Adrenaline MMA 3: Bragging Rights 02009-06-13 June 13, 2009 1 0:09 United States Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Mixed martial arts pro-exhibition match record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location
Loss 0-1 The Bahamas Kimbo Slice Submission (Guillotine Choke) Cage Fury Fighting Championship 5 02007-06-23 June 23, 2007 1 1:12 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey

Professional boxing record

36 Wins (26 knockouts, 10 decisions, 0 disqualification), 7 Losses , 1 Draws, 0 No Contests[3]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 36-7-1 Netherlands Richel Hersisia MD 6 (6 6x2), 3:00 2008-09-05 SwedenKarlstad, Sweden
Loss 35-7-1 Puerto Rico Derric Rossy UD 12 (12), 3:00 2008-01-26 People's Republic of ChinaMacao S.A.R., China Interim WBO NABO heavyweight title

Vacant WBC, Asian Boxing Council heavyweight title WBFInternational heavyweight title

Win 35-6-1 Sweden Mikael Lindblad KO 1 (N/A), 1:50 2007-09-15 SwedenLöfbergs Lila Arena, Karlstad, Sweden
Loss 34-6-1 United States Shannon Briggs KO 7 (10), 0:41 2005-08-26 FloridaHollywood, Florida, United States
Win 34-5-1 United States Darroll Wilson UD 10 (10), 3:00 2005-06-24 New JerseyPleasantville, New Jersey, United States
Win 33-5-1 United States Shawn Robinson TKO 3 (10), 0:50 2004-02-08 FloridaCoconut Creek, Florida, United States
Win 32-5-1 United States Steve Pannell TKO 3 (10), 1:49 2003-11-11 IndianaElizabeth, Indiana, United States
Win 31-5-1 United States Mario Cawley KO 3 (10),1:08 2003-08-23 FloridaCoconut Creek, Florida, United States
Loss 30-5-1 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko TKO 6 (12),1:08 2002-06-29 New JerseyAtlantic City, New Jersey, United States WBO heavyweight title on the line
Win 30-4-1 United States Troy Weida TKO 1 (10),0:28 2002-02-23 New JerseyAtlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 29-4-1 United States Brian Scott KO 2 (10),0:57 2001-10-13 DenmarkParken, Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 28-4-1 United States Don Steele KO 5 (10),N/A 2001-03-17 MississippiPhiladelphia, Mississippi, United States
Win 27-4-1 United States Jeff Pegues TKO 2 (10),2:59 2001-02-11 IllinoisElgin, Illinois, United States
Win 26-4-1 United States Jimmy Haynes KO 1 (10),0:43 1999-12-18 MississippiTunica, Mississippi, United States
Win 25-4-1 United States Leo Loiacono KO 2 (10),0:43 1998-02-21 FloridaMiami, Florida, United States
Win 24-4-1 United States Tim Witherspoon UD 10 (10),3:00 1996-12-14 New JerseyAtlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 23-4-1 United Kingdom Lennox Lewis MD 10 (10),3:00 1996-05-10 New YorkNew York, New York, United States
Loss 23-3-1 United States Evander Holyfield UD 10 (10),3:00 1995-05-20 New JerseyAtlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Draw 23-2-1 United States Marion Wilson D 10 (10),3:00 1994-07-28 New JerseyAtlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 23-2 United States Jesse Ferguson SD 10 (10),3:00 1993-02-06 New JerseyAtlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 22-2 United States Mark Wills UD 10 (10),3:00 1993-10-06 New JerseyAtlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 21-2 United States Tony Willis KO 1 (10),0:21 1993-08-12 MississippiBay Saint Louis, Mississippi, United States
Loss 20-2 United States Jesse Ferguson UD 10 (10),3:00 1993-02-06 New YorkNew York, New York, United States
Win 20-1 United States Jerry Halstead TKO 2 (10),3:00 1992-12-10 New JerseyAtlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 19-1 United States Mike Dixon TKO 7 (10),N/A 1992-10-07 Georgia (country)Augusta, Georgia, United States
Loss 18-1 United States Larry Holmes UD 12 (12),3:00 1992-02-07 New JerseyAtlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 18-0 United States Tommy Morrison KO 5 (12),0:28 1991-10-18 New JerseyAtlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained WBO heavyweight title

Mercer relinquished the WBO title shortly after this fight.

Win 17-0 United States Francesco Damiani KO 9 (12),2:47 1991-01-11 New JerseyAtlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won WBO Heavy weight title
Win 16-0 United States Bert Cooper UD 12 (12),3:00 1990-08-05 New JerseyAtlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won NABF heavyweight title
Win 15-0 United States Lionel Washington TKO 4 (10),N/A 1990-05-31 New YorkRochester, New York, United States
Win 14-0 United States Kimmuel Odum UD 12 (12),N/A 1990-03-02 NevadaLas Vegas, Nevada, United States Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title
Win 13-0 United States Wesley Watson TKO 5 (10),0:44 1990-01-15 New JerseyAtlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 12-0 United States Ossie Ocasio SD 8 (8),3:00 1989-12-07 NevadaLas Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11-0 United States Jerry Jones UD 8 (8),3:00 1989-11-14 New JerseyWest Orange, New Jersey, United States
Win 10-0 United States Eddie Richardson TKO 1 (8),2:16 1989-10-17 ArizonaPhoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 9-0 United States Arthel Lawhorne TKO 2 (10),1:05 1989-09-19 FloridaJacksonville, Florida, United States
Win 8-0 United States Dino Homsey TKO 1 (8),1:58 1989-09-05 NevadaStateline, Nevada, United States
Win 7-0 United States Tracy Thomas KO 1 (6),2:09 1989-08-15 New JerseyWest Orange, New Jersey, United States
Win 6-0 United States Al Evans KO 1 (10),2:09 1989-07-15 New JerseyAtlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 5-0 United States Ken Crosby KO 1 (4),N/A 1989-06-12 NevadaLas Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4-0 United States David Hopkins KO 1 (4),1:07 1989-05-16 IndianaIndianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 3-0 United States Garing Lane UD 4 (4),3:00 1989-03-28 NevadaLas Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 2-0 United States Luis Walford KO 1 (4),N/A 1989-03-04 North DakotaBismarck, North Dakota, United States
Win 1-0 United States Jesse McGhee TKO 3 (4),N/A 1989-02-24 New JerseyAtlantic City, New Jersey, United States

Boxing Accomplishments

Preceded by
Francesco Damiani
WBO World Heavyweight Championship
11 Jan 1991–24 Dec 1991
Vacated
Succeeded by
Michael Moorer
Preceded by
Michael Bentt
United States Amateur Heavyweight Champion
1988
Succeeded by
Javier Alvarez

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