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April 28, 1991 | WALLACE MATTHEWS, NEWSDAY
Well, at least Ray Mercer had a good weekend. That's what boxing cynics -- is that a redundancy? -- are saying after a weekend in which the heavyweight champion had a struggle with a 42-year-old preacher, one young prospect got knocked out by a sparring partner, another got a gift decision over a washed-up former champ and a third had to rally to beat a Soviet fighter who was about to be exiled to Chernobyl by his own people. Mercer, who had the week off, looked great by comparison.
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September 2, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison, who co-starred in "Rocky V" and had his career cut short when he tested positive for HIV, has died. He was 44. Morrison's longtime friend and former manager, Tony Holden, reported that the former boxer died in a Nebraska hospital on Sunday night. The cause of death was not released. Morrison, a hard-hitting fighter who was known as much for legal problems as his boxing prowess, was born in Arkansas and grew up in Oklahoma. He claimed the vacant World Boxing Organization heavyweight title with a unanimous decision over George Foreman on June 7, 1993, in Las Vegas.
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March 14, 1992 | WILLIAM GILDEA, WASHINGTON POST
Like a lot of famous fighters who retire, Larry Holmes has been gone, but not all that far. He remains fixed in memory by an unflattering sendoff and an outrageous return. Who could forget the onetime heavyweight champion's last night in the ring against anyone of real consequence? When last seen on Jan. 22, 1988, Holmes was lying flat in Atlantic City, knocked out for the first time in a career that started too long ago. Mike Tyson demolished him like a building.
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August 1, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
LONDON - The giant American boxer dances into the ring, chants of "USA" fill the dark and crowded arena, and immediately you think of former Olympic champion George Foreman. Until the kid gets popped in his grill. "My legs got fatigued really fast," says Michael Hunter II, bloodied and exhausted in the blink of a watery eye. PHOTOS: London Olympics, Day 5 Another large American boxer enters the ring, bigger, stronger, rippled and tattooed, and immediately you think of former Olympic champ Joe Frazier.
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September 4, 1988 | EARL GUSTKEY, Times Staff Writer
Question: "Is there an Olympic boxer to take on Mike Tyson?" Boxing observer's smart-alecky response: "In what, tennis?" Actually, when viewed from a historical perspective, the question isn't totally absurd. Not totally. After all, who in 1984, at the U.S. Olympic team boxing trials, would have looked at 17-year-old Mike Tyson and predicted that in 1988 he would earn something close to $50 million? No one, that's who. Remember, Tyson, as impressive as he looked, couldn't make the Olympic team.
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July 24, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion Ray Mercer will not fight Bruce Seldon on Aug. 9 as scheduled because he aggravated an ankle injury.
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September 2, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison, who co-starred in "Rocky V" and had his career cut short when he tested positive for HIV, has died. He was 44. Morrison's longtime friend and former manager, Tony Holden, reported that the former boxer died in a Nebraska hospital on Sunday night. The cause of death was not released. Morrison, a hard-hitting fighter who was known as much for legal problems as his boxing prowess, was born in Arkansas and grew up in Oklahoma. He claimed the vacant World Boxing Organization heavyweight title with a unanimous decision over George Foreman on June 7, 1993, in Las Vegas.
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February 7, 1992 | VINCE DORIA
Now we find out if Larry Holmes, the 42-year-old former heavyweight champion and current George Foreman wanna-be, can lift his game to another level. The last time Holmes fought in recognizable form was April 19, 1986, when he lost for the second time to Michael Spinks on a controversial 15-round decision. Holmes stayed away for almost two years before coming back in January of 1988 for a last payday and was knocked out by Mike Tyson in the fourth round.
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December 30, 1992 | From Associated Press
Larry Holmes says he was fighting with a detached retina when he earned a shot at the heavyweight championship. "I got a detached retina in my right eye three weeks before I fought Ray Mercer," the former champion said Tuesday. "I kept it quiet. I could see partially out of the right eye." On Feb. 7, Holmes, 43, scored an upset 12-round decision over Mercer at Atlantic City, N.J., and earned a title shot against Evander Holyfield.
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May 11, 1996 | From Associated Press
First Lennox Lewis took punches from Ray Mercer then he was booed by the fans at Madison Square Garden, after the former WBC heavyweight champion stumbled to a majority decision over Mercer on Friday night. In the second of three 10-round bouts, Lewis, 30, of Britain, couldn't rid himself of the 35-year-old Mercer, and showed poorly in what was touted as a tuneup for a proposed fight with Mike Tyson.
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June 30, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko retained his title Saturday night, stopping 41-year-old Ray Mercer in the sixth round of a scheduled 12-rounder at Atlantic City, N.J. The up-and-coming Ukrainian (39-1) knocked down Mercer in the first round and cut him in the fifth, using a powerful left jab that kept the rugged Mercer on the defensive throughout.
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March 7, 1999 | ED SCHUYLER JR., ASSOCIATED PRESS
Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis were between championships nearly three years ago when they fought on the same card at Madison Square Garden and Mike Tyson was boxing's main man. Holyfield and Lewis will be on the same card again Saturday, but this time they will fight each other before a sellout Garden crowd of more than 20,000 to establish who is the world's premier heavyweight.
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May 11, 1996 | From Associated Press
First Lennox Lewis took punches from Ray Mercer then he was booed by the fans at Madison Square Garden, after the former WBC heavyweight champion stumbled to a majority decision over Mercer on Friday night. In the second of three 10-round bouts, Lewis, 30, of Britain, couldn't rid himself of the 35-year-old Mercer, and showed poorly in what was touted as a tuneup for a proposed fight with Mike Tyson.
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December 26, 1995 | From Associated Press
Former Olympic heavyweight boxing champion Ray Mercer has been charged with assaulting his girlfriend. Mercer was charged with hitting Kim Melvin, 25, in the head in Fayetteville, N.C., after Fayetteville police were called to the home that Mercer and Melvin share about 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Melvin was treated by ambulance workers. Mercer, 34, was taken to the Cumberland County Jail and ordered to stay there for 48 hours, as required by the state's domestic-violence law.
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May 21, 1995 | From Associated Press
Evander Holyfield had promised to give Ray Mercer a lesson in boxing. Instead, he gave him a lesson in courage, winning a slugfest he didn't want with a unanimous 10-round decision Saturday night that thrust him back into the heavyweight picture. With blood streaming down the side of his face from a cut alongside his right eye, Holyfield put on a brilliant show. "After the cut, he pressured me and I was able to get him with a couple of clean shots," Holyfield said.
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March 30, 1994 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Ray Mercer was acquitted Tuesday in New York of sports bribery. The heavyweight boxing contender had been accused of making a $100,000 mid-fight offer to an underdog opponent to take a dive. Mercer, 31, said he hoped to resume his career soon. He was accused of offering a payoff to Jesse Ferguson during their fight Feb. 6, 1993. Prosecutors said that Mercer, overweight and undertrained, wanted Ferguson to throw the fight so he could get a shot at then-champion Riddick Bowe's title and a $1.
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May 21, 1995 | From Associated Press
Evander Holyfield had promised to give Ray Mercer a lesson in boxing. Instead, he gave him a lesson in courage, winning a slugfest he didn't want with a unanimous 10-round decision Saturday night that thrust him back into the heavyweight picture. With blood streaming down the side of his face from a cut alongside his right eye, Holyfield put on a brilliant show. "After the cut, he pressured me and I was able to get him with a couple of clean shots," Holyfield said.
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July 11, 1988 | EARL GUSTKEY, Times Staff Writer
The Army's Four Horsemen are still alive, and on their way to play the strip in Las Vegas. They'll be accompanied by eight other U.S. Olympic boxing trials champions crowned here this weekend, including an angry little flyweight from Whittier, on a mission to reverse what he called a Sunday afternoon robbery in the oak-studded brown hills of northern California. The Four Horsemen remained intact Sunday, when super-heavyweight Robert Salters of Ft. Bragg, N.C.
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July 7, 1993 | MIKE DOWNEY
A cauliflower head named Ray Mercer recently got busted for allegedly offering a bribe to another alleged boxer to "take a dive." This became a major scandal in boxing, a sport that refreshingly had gone without a major scandal for many, many hours. I have been to a number of fights where I actually wished one of the boxers would take a dive. Then I would have been spared having to watch the rest of the fight.
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