1991-01-11 Ray Mercer w co 9 Francesco Damiani, Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBO

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1991-01-11 Ray Mercer w co 9 Francesco Damiani, Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBO. Referee: Rudy Battle. Using the ring well, the champion began piling up points with skilful use of the jab and counters almost from the start as Mercer (215) lunged in and found himself hitting fresh air more often than not. At the start of the ninth Damiani (229½) was well clear and looked to be a sure winner, but towards the end of the round and having had no success Mercer suddenly found a swinging left uppercut from below the waist that put the Italian down. Well ahead on the scorecards, although Damiani made a desperate attempt to get up he just failed to make it to his feet and was counted out with just three seconds of the session remaining.

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