Wladimir Klitschko vs. Ray Mercer

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Punchstats
Total Punches Klitschko Mercer
Landed 193 54
Thrown 429 124
Pct. 45% 44%
Total Jabs Klitschko Mercer
Landed 89 49
Thrown 262 114
Pct. 34% 43%
Power Punches Klitschko Mercer
Landed 104 5
Thrown 167 10
Pct. 62% 50%

Wladimir Klitschko 243 lbs beat Ray Mercer 228 lbs by TKO at 1:08 in round 6 of 12

  • Date: 2002-06-29
  • Location: Taj Majal Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
  • Referee: Randy Neumann
  • Judge: Ed Leahy 50-44
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  • Judge: Adalaide Byrd 50-44
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  • Judge: Nelson Vazquez 50-43
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Notes

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  • Mercer was knocked down in the first round by two left hooks.
  • Mercer suffered a cut over the right eye by a lead hook in the 5th round.
  • Referee Randy Neumann stopped the fight after a barrage of unanswered power punches in the 6th round.
  • Klitschko also suffered some battle wounds as his eyes puffed up as a result of Mercer's jab in the third.
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Klitschko dominant in TKO victory over Mercer

By Dan Rafael, USA TODAY, June 30 2002

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Perhaps Wladimir Klitschko gave heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis something to think about.

Klitschko, campaigning for a shot at Lewis, continued to make the case that he deserves an opportunity as he battered Ray Mercer to a pulp en route to a sixth-round TKO at the Trump Taj Mahal's Mark G. Etess Arena on Saturday night.

Klitschko (No. 2 USA TODAY, 39-1, 36 KOs) became the first fighter to stop Mercer (30-5-1) and just the second to knock him down. He dominated Mercer from the outset and finished having landed 193 of 429 blows (45%), while Mercer managed to land just 54 of 124 shots (44%).

"I showed I have heart, which people have questioned," said Klitschko, a 1996 Olympic gold medalist for Ukraine. "I am a fighter. Hopefully, Lewis or (Evander) Holyfield are next. I wanted to show how good I am and I proved that I am ready for the big fights."

Klitschko, at 6-foot-6, 243 pounds, had a huge physical advantage against the 6-1, 228-pound Mercer and he used it.

Klitschko, who earned $1.2 million in his first HBO main event, started quickly, using his jab to take control in the opening moments of the fight and then floored Mercer with two strong left hooks with about 20 seconds left in the round.

"I stayed calm because I knew he would come back," Klitschko said.

It was only the second time in his career that Mercer had been down, the first coming in a 1995 points loss to Holyfield. Klitschko's opening round assault resulted in him landing 41 of 88 punches.

In the second round, Klitschko continued pumping his jab and Mercer's swollen eyes showed that many of them landed. Midway through the round, Klitschko landed a right hand that buckled Mercer and sent him looking for refuge along the ropes. Mercer just held his hands up to try to keep Klitschko from hitting him.

Klitschko opened a bad cut over Mercer's right eye in the fifth round and by the end of it, blood had covered Mercer's chest.

By the sixth round, every shot seemed to hurt Mercer, who wasn't punching back. Klitschko, 26, knew it and poured it on, landing 31 of 46 shots until referee Randy Neumann stopped it with Mercer taking a beating along the ropes at 1:08.

"He has the strongest chin of anyone I have ever faced," said Klitschko, who did have some bruising under his left eye from Mercer's jab. "He might have the strongest chin in the world."

"I got beat fair and square. You can't win them all," said Mercer, who earned $650,000. "I beat the (hell) out of many people myself. He caught me with a big punch in the first round and I never regrouped. I'm 41 years old and if he wants to claim a big victory, let him. But I'm not finished."

In the heavyweight co-feature, Al Cole started slowly but finished strongly to win a bloody six-round decision vs.Vinny Maddalone (15-1-1), who took enormous punishment over the second half of the fight.

Cole (32-10-2), a former cruiserweight champion had struggled badly since moving up in weight in 1996 and got a much needed win. Cole had lost five straight, was 0-6-1 in his last seven and had gone 4-9-2 as a heavyweight.

Maddalone, a sparring partner for Mercer in preparation for Klitschko, started quickly but Cole, 37, took over in the fourth round. Cole, who took the fight on Thursday when Russell Chasteen pulled out, cut Maddalone badly under the right eye in the fourth round.

In the sixth, he had Maddalone badly hurt. Cole landed a right hand that started the trouble midway through the round and then spent the final 90 seconds teeing off on Maddalone, a former toughman fighter taking his biggest step up in competition.

Cole blistered Maddalone with shots throughout the round and had him out on his feet and staggering around the ring. He dished out so much punishment that New Jersey boxing commissioner Larry Hazzard jumped onto the ring apron to intervene with about 20 seconds left, but referee Tony Perez didn't see him and allowed the fight to continue to its conclusion.When it was over, Maddalone could barely walk back to his corner.

The judges scored it 58-56 (twice) and 59-55 for Cole.

"Klitschko dominant in TKO victory over Mercer" by Dan Rafael (USA Today, June 30, 2002)



Preceded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Botha
WBO Heavyweight Title Fight
# 26
Succeeded by:
W. Klitschko vs. McCline