Ray Mercer Born April 4, 1961
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Other names Merciless Nationality American Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight 256 lb (116 kg; 18.3 st) Division Heavyweight Style Boxing Fighting out of Fayetteville, North Carolina Years active 1988-present Professional boxing record Total 44 Wins 36 By knockout 26 Losses 7 Draws 1 Kickboxing record Total 2 Wins 0 Losses 2 Draws 0 Mixed martial arts record Total 1 Wins 1 By knockout 1 Losses 0 By disqualification 0 Other information Boxing record from Boxrec Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog 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, and former WBO World Heavyweight Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist who resides in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He has also competed in kickboxing and mixed martial arts.
- 1 Boxing career
- 2 Kickboxing career
- 3 Mixed martial arts career
- 4 Professional boxing record
- 5 Kickboxing record
- 6 Mixed martial arts record
- 7 Mixed martial arts exhibition match record
- 8 Boxing accomplishments
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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.
- 1st round bye
- Defeated Rudolf Gavenčiak (Czechoslovakia) RSC 3
- Defeated Luigi Gaudiano (Italy) KO 1
- Defeated Arnold Vanderlyde (Netherlands) RSC 2
- Defeated Baik Hyun-Man (South Korea) KO 1
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 Hepititis B and was again inactive, this time for 20 months.
In February 2001 a 42 year old Mercer launched a final comeback, knocking out four journeymen before being matched with WBO champ 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.
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". 
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 non-sanctioned exhibition under the New Jersey Unified MMA rules.
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. He then called out Eric Esch after the fight.
Professional boxing record
36 Wins (26 knockouts, 10 decisions), 7 Losses (2 knockouts, 5 decisions), 1 Draw  Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes Win 36-7-1 Richel Hersisia MD 6 05/09/2008 Nojesfabriken, Karlstad, Sweden, Sweden Mercer, at age 47, became the second oldest former heavyweight champion to win a sanctioned professional bout with a six round majority decision win over "Dutch Sonny Liston" Richel Hersisia (George Foreman was the oldest with his win over Lou Savarese for the WBU Heavyweight title in 1997). Loss 35-7-1 Derric Rossy UD 12 26/01/2008 Venetian Casino & Resort, Macao S.A.R., China For interim WBO NABO, vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council & WBF International Heavyweight titles. Win 35-6-1 Mikael Lindblad KO 1 (?) 15/09/2005 Lofberg Arena, Karlstad, Sweden Loss 34-6-1 Shannon Briggs KO 7 (10) 26/08/2005 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, United States Mercer was knocked out by 3 right hooks to the head. Win 34-5-1 Darroll Wilson UD 10 24/06/2005 Nikki Beach Concert Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Win 33-5-1 Steve Pannell TKO 3 (10) 28/02/2004 Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida, United States Win 32-5-1 Shawn Robinson TKO 3 (10) 11/11/2003 Caesars Indiana, Elizabeth, Indiana, United States Win 31-5-1 Mario Cawley KO 3 (10) 23/08/2003 Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida, United States Loss 30-5-1 Wladimir Klitschko TKO 6 (12) 29/06/2002 Taj Majal Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States For WBO Heavyweight title. Mercer was knocked down in the 1st round and suffered a cut over the right eye in the 5th round. Klitschko also suffered some battle wounds as his eyes puffed up as a result of Mercer's jab in the 3rd. Referee stopped the fight after a barrage of unanswered power punches in the 6th round. Win 30-4-1 Troy Weida KO 1 (10) 23/02/2002 Bally's Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Mercer stopped Weida in 28 seconds. Win 29-4-1 Brian Scott KO 2 (10) 13/10/2001 Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark Win 28-4-1 Don Steele KO 5 (10) 17/03/2001 Silver Star Casino, Philadelphia, Mississippi, United States Steele had substantial swelling under both eyes by the end of the 3rd round. This was the 2nd consecutive fight that Mercer knocked his opponent out of the ring. Win 27-4-1 Jeff Pegues TKO 2 (10) 11/02/2001 Grand Victoria Casino, Elgin, Illinois, United States Mercer proved to be Mr. Merciless. Pegues was knocked out of the ring. Pegues took several consecutive hard unanswered shots before the referee finally stepped in an halted the onslaught. Win 26-4-1 Jimmy Haynes KO 1 (10) 18/12/1999 Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, United States Win 25-4-1 Leo Loiacono KO 2 (10) 21/02/1998 Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida, United States Win 24-4-1 Tim Witherspoon UD 10 14/12/1996 Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States It was a very close fight. Compubox numbers: Witherspoon landed 280 punches of 471 (59 %), Mercer landed 255 punches of 528 (48 %). Loss 23-4-1 Lennox Lewis MD 10 10/05/1996 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States It was a true slugfest from start to finish. HBO's judge Harold Lederman scored the fight 95-95 on his unofficial scorecard. Loss 23-3-1 Evander Holyfield UD 10 20/05/1995 Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Holyfield was examined for a bad right eye cut in round 7. Mercer down for the first time in his career in the 8th round. Draw 23-2-1 Marion Wilson SD 10 28/07/1994 Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Win 23–2 Jesse Ferguson SD 10 19/11/1993 Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States CompuBox reported Mercer landing 244/679 punches (36%), and Ferguson landing 199/447 punches (45%). Win 22–2 Mark Wills UD 10 06/10/1993 Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Win 21–2 Tony Willis KO 1 (10) 12/08/1993 Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, United States Loss 20–2 Jesse Ferguson UD 10 06/02/1993 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States Win 20–1 Jerry Halstead RTD 2 (12) 10/12/1992 Taj Majal Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Halstead did not answer the bell for round 3. Win 19–1 Mike Dixon TKO 7 (10) 07/10/1992 Augusta, Georgia, United States Loss 18–1 Larry Holmes UD 12 07/02/1992 Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Mercer got "taken to school" by Holmes, who used jabs and aggressive combinations to outpoint him. The WBO Heavyweight title which Mercer had held was relinquished before this bout. Win 18–0 Tommy Morrison TKO 5 (12) 18/10/1991 Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained WBO Heavyweight title. Morrison was outboxing Mercer and leading on all the scorecards when in 5th round he was caught by a barrage of over 15 unanswered punches. This bout is viewed as one of the most brutal KOs in heavyweight history. Win 17–0 Francesco Damiani KO 9 (12) 11/01/1991 Taj Majal Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won WBO Heavyweight title. Damiani went down after a Mercer left uppercut broke his nose, and he was counted out by the referee. Win 16–0 Bert Cooper UD 12 05/08/1990 Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won NABF Heavyweight title. Cooper down in round 1. Win 15–0 Lionel Washington TKO 4 (10) 31/05/1990 War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester, New York, United States Win 14–0 Kimmuel Odum UD 12 02/03/1990 Hacienda Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental Heavyweight title. Win 13–0 Wesley Watson TKO 5 (12) 15/01/1990 Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Win 12–0 Ossie Ocasio SD 8 07/12/1989 Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Win 11–0 Jerry Jones UD 8 14/11/1989 South Mountain Arena, West Orange, New Jersey, United States Win 10–0 Eddie Richardson TKO 1 (8) 17/10/1989 State Fair, Phoenix, Arizona, United States Win 9–0 Arthel Lawhorne TKO 2 (10) 19/09/1989 Veteran's Coliseum, Jacksonville, Florida, United States Win 8–0 Dino Homsey TKO 1 (8) 05/09/1989 Harrah's Hotel & Casino, Stateline, Nevada, United States Three knockdown rule. Televised on ESPN. Win 7–0 Tracy Thomas KO 1 (6) 15/08/1989 South Mountain Arena, West Orange, New Jersey, United States Win 6–0 Al Evans KO 1 (10) 15/07/1989 Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Win 5–0 Ken Crosby KO 1 (?) 12/06/1989 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Win 4–0 David Hopkins KO 1 (4) 16/05/1989 Tyndall Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States Win 3–0 Garing Lane UD 4 28/03/1989 Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Win 2–0 Luis Walford KO 1 (?) 04/03/1989 Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota, United States Win 1–0 Jesse McGhee TKO 3 (?) 24/02/1989 Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Pro debut for the 1988 Heavyweight Olympic Gold Medalist Mercer.
0 Wins (0 (T) KO's, 0 decision), 2 Losses Date Result Record Opponent Event Method Round Time Location March 15, 2005 Loss 0–2 Remy Bonjasky K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Seoul TKO (Right High Kick) 1 0:22 Seoul, South Korea June 6, 2004 Loss 0–1 Musashi K-1 World Grand Prix 2004 in Nagoya Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 Nagoya, Japan
Mixed martial arts record
Professional record breakdown 1 match 1 win 0 losses By knockout 1 0 By submission 0 0 By decision 0 0 Draws 0 Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes Win 1–0 Tim Sylvia KO (punch) Adrenaline MMA 3: Bragging Rights June 13, 2009 1 0:09 Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Mixed martial arts exhibition match record
Professional record breakdown 1 match 0 wins 1 loss By knockout 0 0 By submission 0 1 By decision 0 0 Draws 0 Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes Loss 0–1 Kimbo Slice Submission (guillotine choke) Cage Fury Fighting Championship 5 June 23, 2007 1 1:12 Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
NABF Heavyweight Champion
5 August 1990 – 11 January 1991
WBO World Heavyweight Championship
11 Jan 1991–24 Dec 1991
United States Amateur Heavyweight Champion
- ^ "Freak Show or Convert? Kimbo Slice Interview". MMAWeekly. June 22, 2007. http://mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=4196&zoneid=1.
- ^ "Ray Mercer Returns to Fight Undefeated Ron Sparks". MMAFighting.com. March 12, 2010. http://www.mmafighting.com/2010/03/12/ray-mercer-returns-to-fight-undefeated-ron-sparks/.
Olympic Boxing Champions in Men's Heavyweight1904-1908: over 158 lb (71.7 kg), 1920-1936: over 175 lb (79.4 kg), 1948: over 80 kg 1952-1980: over 81 kg, 1984-2008: 81-91 kg
1904: Samuel Berger (USA) • 1908: Albert Oldman (GBR) • 1920: Ronald Rawson (GBR) • 1924: Otto von Porat (NOR) • 1928: Arturo Rodríguez (ARG) • 1932: Santiago Lovell (ARG) • 1936: Herbert Runge (GER) • 1948: Rafael Iglesias (ARG) • 1952: Ed Sanders (USA) • 1956: Pete Rademacher (USA) • 1960: Franco De Piccoli (ITA) • 1964: Joe Frazier (USA) • 1968: George Foreman (USA) • 1972–1976–1980: Teófilo Stevenson (CUB) • 1984: Henry Tillman (USA) • 1988: Ray Mercer (USA) • 1992–1996–2000: Félix Savón (CUB) • 2004: Odlanier Solís (CUB) • 2008: Rakhim Chakkhiyev (RUS)
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