2002-06-29 Wladimir Klitschko w rsc 6 Ray Mercer, Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBO

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2002-06-29 Wladimir Klitschko w rsc 6 Ray Mercer, Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBO. Referee: Randy Neumann. At 41 years of age Mercer (228) had obviously seen better days, and after testing the champion’s jabs, hooks and right hands in the opening session a double left hook put him down for just the second time in his career. Although he got up Mercer was in real trouble as Klitschko (243) hit him with all manner of blows, including a supposed 81 in the second round. In the third Mercer began to get his own jab going, but he was soon under pressure again. With his eyes beginning to swell up, Mercer was badly wobbled by left-rights in both the fourth and fifth before a bad cut opened up over his right eye. Having sensed that the end might not be far away Klitschko ripped into Mercer in the sixth, and after sending the latter crashing into the ropes from a big right to the head the referee stopped the fight in his favour on the 1.08 mark.

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