"Merciless" Ray Mercer

Name: "Merciless" Ray Mercer

    WBO Heavyweight Champion -- 1991 Jan 11 – 1991 Dec 24
    • IBF Inter-Continental Heavyweight title holder -- 1990.
    • NABF Heavyweight title holder -- 1990.
    • Defeated Darroll Wilson (W 10).
    • Defeated Richel Hersisia (W 6).
    • Defeated Tim Witherspoon (W 10).
    • Defeated Jesse Fergurson (W 10).
    • Defeated Tommy Morrison (TKO 5).
    • Defeated Francesco Damiani (KO 9).
    • Defeated Bert Cooper (W 12).
    • Defeated Kimmuel Odum (W 12).
    • Defeated Ossie Ocasio (W 8).
    • Amateur Achievements:
    • Won the Heavyweight Gold Medal for the United States at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
    • Won the 1988 United States Amateur Championship.
    • Amateur record: 64-6.
    • won 36 (KO 26) + lost 7 (KO 2) + drawn 1 = 44 rounds boxed 235 : KO% 59.09.
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpdeONftgaA

Favorite Book: "The Little Engine That Could" by Watty Piper

"I'm a little bit embarrassed to tell what my favorite book is. Ya know, I'm sorta ashamed. It sounds, well, kinda silly. Okay, I'll tell you anyway. My favorite book is "The Little Engine That Could". (Mercer's wife laughs in the background.) That's what it is. Through out the years, every time I was training for a fight, I thought of that little book. Even my Olympic coach, Kenny Adams, used that book as a source of inspiration for us when I was on the Olympic team. So, that's my book. When ever I'm confronted with a challenge, I still think of that little train. The message is simple and powerful--something like a knockout punch."

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