1991-01-11 Ray Mercer w co 9 Francesco Damiani, Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBO
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 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 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, being counted out with just three seconds of the session remaining.