Bernard Hopkins vs. Segundo Mercado (1st meeting)

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1994-12-17 : Bernard Hopkins 157 lbs drew with Segundo Mercado 158 lbs by SD in round 12 of 12


  • 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 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.

Preceded by:
Jones Jr vs. Tate
IBF Middleweight Title Fight
# 24
Succeeded by:
Hopkins vs. Mecado II