June 30, 2002 |
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.
March 7, 1999 |
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.
May 11, 1996 |
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.
December 26, 1995 |
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.
May 21, 1995 |
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.
March 30, 1994 |
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.