Ray Mercer

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Ray Mercer
Ray Mercer, 1988.JPEG
Born(1961-04-04) April 4, 1961 (age 53)
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Other namesMerciless
NationalityAmerican
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight256 lb (116 kg; 18.3 st)
DivisionHeavyweight
StyleKickboxing, Boxing
Fighting out ofFayetteville, North Carolina
TeamFayetteville Boxing Team
Years active1989-2005, 2008
Professional boxing record
Total44
Wins36
By knockout26
Losses7
Draws1
Kickboxing record
Total2
Wins0
Losses2
Draws0
Mixed martial arts record
Total1
Wins1
By knockout1
Losses0
By disqualification0
Other information
Boxing record from Boxrec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
 
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For the fictional character Ray Mercer, see The Listener (TV series).
Ray Mercer
Ray Mercer, 1988.JPEG
Born(1961-04-04) April 4, 1961 (age 53)
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Other namesMerciless
NationalityAmerican
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight256 lb (116 kg; 18.3 st)
DivisionHeavyweight
StyleKickboxing, Boxing
Fighting out ofFayetteville, North Carolina
TeamFayetteville Boxing Team
Years active1989-2005, 2008
Professional boxing record
Total44
Wins36
By knockout26
Losses7
Draws1
Kickboxing record
Total2
Wins0
Losses2
Draws0
Mixed martial arts record
Total1
Wins1
By knockout1
Losses0
By disqualification0
Other information
Boxing record from Boxrec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Olympic medal record
Men's Boxing
Competitor for  United States
Olympic Games
Gold1988 SeoulHeavyweight

Ray Mercer (born April 4, 1961 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a retired professional American boxer, former Olympic Gold Medalist and WBO heavyweight title holder who resides in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He has also competed in kickboxing and mixed martial arts. He holds notable victories over top boxers such as Bert Cooper, Francesco Damiani, Tommy Morrison, Jesse Ferguson, Tim Witherspoon. As an MMA fighter he scored an upset over Tim Sylvia in 2009, winning by knockout in round one.

Boxing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Mercer was the 1988 United States Amateur Champion at Heavyweight while in the US Army[1] and compiled an Amateur record of 64-6. He won Gold in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul as a heavyweight.

Olympic results[edit]

Professional[edit]

Mercer turned pro in 1989 with a 3rd TKO of Jesse Hughes. He scored a series of knockouts and in August 1990 knocked down and outpointed big punching Smokin' Bert Cooper in a spectacular 12 round brawl that earned him Cooper's NABF title. In January 1991 he challenged undefeated Francesco Damiani for the WBO heavyweight title, scoring a one punch knockout victory in the 9th when behind on points. Later that year he brutally demolished undefeated puncher Tommy Morrison in five, and with a major world title fight on the horizon vacated his WBO belt and fought 42 year old legend Larry Holmes rather than mandatory challenger Michael Moorer. It proved an unwise decision, as the crafty Holmes conned Mercer out of the fight, outjabbing the puzzled youngster and gaining both the points decision, and Mercer's world title fight with heavyweight king Evander Holyfield.

Having split fights with dangerous veteran Jesse Ferguson, laboured when overweight to a draw with trialhorse Marion Wilson, and seen a proposed 1994 bout in Hong Kong with Frank Bruno fall through, Mercer enjoyed an unexpected run of form in major fights, losing on points in a thrilling brawl with Holyfield in May 1995, losing a controversial decision in another wild punch up, this time with Lennox Lewis, in June 1996, and scoring a controversial points win over ex-champ Tim Witherspoon in yet another high action bout in December 1996. In the frame for a bout with Andrew Golota in 1997, Mercer suffered a neck injury and was out of action for 14 months. He returned February 1998 with a 2 round kayo of Leo Loiacono, but contracted Hepatitis B and was again inactive, this time for 20 months.

Comeback[edit]

In February 2001 a 39 year old Mercer launched a final comeback, knocking out four journeymen before being matched with WBO title holder Wladimir Klitschko in a high profile bout on HBO. Once famed for his incredible iron chin, Mercer looked his age and was knocked down in the first and stopped in the 6th. A brief dalliance in the mixed martial arts nixed a 2004 bout with DaVarryl Williamson, however he did return to boxing in 2005, now aged 44, but was stopped in seven by Shannon Briggs.

Kickboxing career[edit]

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. Mercer held a reasonable account of himself, but his age and inability to successfully defend kicks was evident as he went on to lose the bout 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[edit]

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 non-sanctioned exhibition under the New Jersey Unified MMA rules.[2]

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 made a big splash when he defeated former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia at Adrenaline III: Bragging Rights. He won the fight via knockout in 9 seconds with a huge right hand to the chin, becoming the first man to ever defeat Sylvia by knockout.

In March 2010, it was announced that Mercer had signed with the King of the Cage organization.[3]

Professional boxing record[edit]

36 Wins (26 knockouts, 10 decisions), 7 Losses (2 knockouts, 5 decisions), 1 Draw [2]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
Win36-7-1Netherlands Richel HersisiaMD605/09/2008Sweden Nojesfabriken, Karlstad, Sweden, Sweden
Loss35-7-1United States Derric RossyUD1226/01/2008China Venetian Casino & Resort, Macao S.A.R., ChinaFor Interim NABO & vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council heavyweight titles.
Win35-6-1Sweden Mikael LindbladKO1 (?)15/09/2005Sweden Lofberg Arena, Karlstad, Sweden
Loss34-6-1United States Shannon BriggsKO7 (10)26/08/2005United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win34-5-1United States Darroll WilsonUD1024/06/2005United States Nikki Beach Concert Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win33-5-1United States Steve PannellTKO3 (10)28/02/2004United States Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida, United States
Win32-5-1United States Shawn RobinsonTKO3 (10)11/11/2003United States Caesars Indiana, Elizabeth, Indiana, United States
Win31-5-1United States Mario CawleyKO3 (10)23/08/2003United States Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida, United States
Loss30-5-1Ukraine Wladimir KlitschkoTKO6 (12)29/06/2002United States Taj Majal Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesFor WBO heavyweight title.
Win30-4-1United States Troy WeidaKO1 (10)23/02/2002United States Bally's Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win29-4-1United States Brian ScottKO2 (10)13/10/2001Denmark Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark
Win28-4-1United States Don SteeleKO5 (10)17/03/2001United States Silver Star Casino, Philadelphia, Mississippi, United States
Win27-4-1United States Jeff PeguesTKO2 (10)11/02/2001United States Grand Victoria Casino, Elgin, Illinois, United States
Win26-4-1United States Jimmy HaynesKO1 (10)18/12/1999United States Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, United States
Win25-4-1United States Leo LoiaconoKO2 (10)21/02/1998United States Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida, United States
Win24-4-1United States Tim WitherspoonUD1014/12/1996United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss23-4-1United Kingdom Lennox LewisMD1010/05/1996United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States
Loss23-3-1United States Evander HolyfieldUD1020/05/1995United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Draw23-2-1United States Marion WilsonSD1028/07/1994United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win23–2United States Jesse FergusonSD1019/11/1993United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win22–2United States Mark WillsUD1006/10/1993United States Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win21–2United States Tony WillisKO1 (10)12/08/1993United States Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, United States
Loss20–2United States Jesse FergusonUD1006/02/1993United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States
Win20–1United States Jerry HalsteadRTD2 (12)10/12/1992United States Taj Majal Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win19–1United States Mike DixonTKO7 (10)07/10/1992United States Augusta, Georgia, United States
Loss18–1United States Larry HolmesUD1207/02/1992United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win18–0United States Tommy MorrisonTKO5 (12)18/10/1991United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesRetained WBO heavyweight title.
Win17–0Italy Francesco DamianiKO9 (12)11/01/1991United States Taj Majal Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesWon WBO heavyweight title.
Win16–0United States Bert CooperUD1205/08/1990United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesWon NABF heavyweight title.
Win15–0United States Lionel WashingtonTKO4 (10)31/05/1990United States War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester, New York, United States
Win14–0United States Kimmuel OdumUD1202/03/1990United States Hacienda Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesWon vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title.
Win13–0United States Wesley WatsonTKO5 (12)15/01/1990United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win12–0Puerto Rico Ossie OcasioSD807/12/1989United States Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win11–0United States Jerry JonesUD814/11/1989United States South Mountain Arena, West Orange, New Jersey, United States
Win10–0United States Eddie RichardsonTKO1 (8)17/10/1989United States State Fair, Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win9–0United States Arthel LawhorneTKO2 (10)19/09/1989United States Veteran's Coliseum, Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Win8–0United States Dino HomseyTKO1 (8)05/09/1989United States Harrah's Hotel & Casino, Stateline, Nevada, United States
Win7–0United States Tracy ThomasKO1 (6)15/08/1989United States South Mountain Arena, West Orange, New Jersey, United States
Win6–0United States Al EvansKO1 (10)15/07/1989United States Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win5–0United States Ken CrosbyKO1 (?)12/06/1989United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win4–0United States David HopkinsKO1 (4)16/05/1989United States Tyndall Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win3–0United States Garing LaneUD428/03/1989United States Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win2–0United States Luis WalfordKO1 (?)04/03/1989United States Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota, United States
Win1–0United States Jesse McGheeTKO3 (?)24/02/1989United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesProfessional debut.

Kickboxing record[edit]

0 Wins (0 (T) KO's, 0 decision), 2 Losses
DateResultRecordOpponentEventMethodRoundTimeLocation
March 15, 2005Loss0–2Netherlands Remy BonjaskyK-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in SeoulTKO (Right High Kick)10:22South Korea Seoul, South Korea
June 6, 2004Loss0–1Japan MusashiK-1 World Grand Prix 2004 in NagoyaDecision (Unanimous)33:00Japan Nagoya, Japan

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Win1–0Tim SylviaKO (punch)Adrenaline MMA 3: Bragging RightsJune 13, 200910:09Birmingham, Alabama, United States

Exhibition record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Loss0–1Kimbo SliceSubmission (guillotine choke)Cage Fury Fighting Championship 5June 23, 200711:12Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

Boxing accomplishments[edit]

Preceded by
Bert Cooper
NABF Heavyweight Champion
5 August 1990 – 11 January 1991
Vacated
Succeeded by
Orlin Norris
Preceded by
Francesco Damiani
WBO World Heavyweight Championship
11 January 1991–24 December 1991
Vacated
Succeeded by
Michael Moorer
Preceded by
Michael Bentt
United States Amateur Heavyweight Champion
1988
Succeeded by
Javier Alvarez

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mercer Just May Be Sowing the Seeds for a High-Paying Career". Los Angeles Times. 29 September 1988. 
  2. ^ "Freak Show or Convert? Kimbo Slice Interview". MMAWeekly. June 22, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Ray Mercer Returns to Fight Undefeated Ron Sparks". MMAFighting.com. March 12, 2010. 

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