Bernard Hopkins vs. Segundo Mercado (1st meeting)
1994-12-17 : Bernard Hopkins 157 lbs drew with Segundo Mercado 158 lbs by PTS in round 12 of 12
- Location: Ruminahui Coliseum, Quito, Ecuador
- Referee: Sam Williams
- Judge: Al DeVito 114-111
- Judge: Paul Gibbs 113-113
- Judge: Francisco Hernandez 114-116
- International Boxing Federation Middleweight Title (Vacant)
- Promoter: Don King (Don King Productions)
- Ring Announcer: Jimmy Lennon Jr.
- Aired On: Showtime Championship Boxing (Main Event)
- Roy Jones Jr. vacated the IBF Middleweight Title when he won the IBF Super Middleweight Title against James Toney..
- The IBF ranked Hopkins #1 and Mercado #2.
- The fight took place in a bull ring before a crowd of 15,000.
- Hopkins was down in the fifth round. The two were exchanging punches in close when Mercado hurt Hopkins with a right uppercut. Another uppercut sent Hopkins backwards and onto the seat of his pants.
- Hopkins was down again in the seventh round. Hopkins backed Mercado into a corner and got nailed with a right uppercut. A followup combination sent Hopkins tumbling into the ropes and down to the canvas.
- Mercado was the first boxer to knock Hopkins down in a professional bout.
- Hopkins came on strong in the later rounds.
- Showtime commentator Bobby Czyz scored the fight 114-112 for Hopkins.
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