Ray Mercer on the best he's ever faced....

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  1. ironchamp

    ironchamp Boxing Addict Full Member

    Sep 5, 2004
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    Throwback interview. Surprised no mention of the Witherspoon fight.

    Larry Holmes: I learned how to throw my jab off Larry. He had one of the best jabs in the world, ever. I’ve got to give that to him; his jab was awesome. He used the jab for a lot of things: to hurt you, set up the right hand, he used it well.

    Francesco Damiani: He was a southpaw, he took away my jab, he looked kinda big, he was awkward. This guy could really move and he was a boxer.

    Evander Holyfield: He was just fast. Before you know it the jab is coming back. He was a smaller guy, so he was obviously faster than the big guys.

    Holyfield: When he threw punches he didn’t just hit and stay there, he was a very smart fighter. He’d hit you and move to the side. He’ll come back with something and move to the other side. He’s real slick on his feet.

    Bert Cooper: We had fight of the year in 1990. That dude took everything I had and I took everything he had. We both ended up in the hospital. Lennox Lewis and Holyfield took a good shot.

    Lennox Lewis: He knows when to battle and when not to battle. He listens to his trainer, he’s smart in a lot of ways. He gets in there and you think he’s not going to throw this and he does. He hits you with stuff you don’t think you’ll get hit with. He’ll set you up.

    Lewis: We were coming in and bumping into each other. He wasn’t budging and I wasn’t budging. He’s got some slick moves, he’s a big man, everything he did was slick and strong. He was definitely the strongest.

    Wladimir Klitschko: He was a bigger and stronger guy. I really didn’t know him so when he hit me I was like, ‘Damn, where did he come from?’ I was in shape and he was just a powerful dude, his jab and everything, very heavy-handed, more than Lewis.

    Holyfield: Everybody knows he’s got the skills to hit and move, hit and not get hit. He was slick, everything his trainer told him to do he does. He was in a position to punch all the time, that’s one thing that amazes me, you have to have good footwork for that. He knows all the moves, he’ll make you pay for your mistakes. He’s just a natural, he’s got everything, he’s complete, he’s the Real Deal.

    Lewis: He’s a big guy, he was a great champion, he’s a strong guy, he had one of the best trainers in the world in Emanuel Steward, that’s half the battle. Emanuel Steward could get Lennox Lewis to fight the fight Emanuel wants him to fight. (Lewis) is one of the best of our generation.
  2. Kamikaze

    Kamikaze Be real• Full Member

    Oct 12, 2020
    Mm- Wlad really committed war crimes with his fists as a young man I agree with a lot of these Mercer was very honest.
  3. El Gallo Negro

    El Gallo Negro Active Member banned Full Member

    Nov 8, 2020
    Mercer fought them all! His greatest achievement still might have been crossing the line over to MMA and knocking out their great champion Tim Silvia with the first punch of the fight!
    That remains to this day one of the greatest and most underrated performance in any sport.
    Bottom line Mercer fought everyone from the 90s, one of the toughest eras and had success.
    He's even a WBO champion, which in 2021 is hailed as a legitimate belt.
    He was never stopped until he was well into his 40s and had nothing left in him to prove but at one time he was even more known for his chin then Oliver McAllen.
  4. Pepsi Dioxide

    Pepsi Dioxide Member Full Member

    Oct 22, 2020
    Its too bad we never got Mercer vs Bowe (Mercer's fault obviously) and Mercer vs Tyson.
  5. Seamus

    Seamus Devotee of the Little Red Book Full Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    Sounds extremely reasonable.

    The Cooper chin shout out may seem weird but that was Cooper 1990 with a fighting heart.
  6. The Long Count

    The Long Count Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Oct 8, 2013
    He is honest because I spoke to him maybe 6 years ago I forget exactly and one of the questions I asked was who hit harder Wlad or Lewis. And he said without hesitation Wlad. But he added that he was older. Glad to see he hasn’t changed his opinion for a magazine interview years later.
  7. FrankinDallas

    FrankinDallas Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jul 24, 2004
    I believe Wlads best win was his TKO of Mercer. Really sent a message to the boxing world.
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  8. Bigcheese

    Bigcheese Member Full Member

    Jun 7, 2015
    He seemed to answer honestly and doesn't seem to hold a grudge against anyone he lost to which is refreshing. I remember him in another interview saying Tommy Morrison hit very hard.
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  9. KidDynamite

    KidDynamite Boxing Addict Full Member

    Sep 16, 2012
    Mercer spitting truth
  10. MarkusFlorez99

    MarkusFlorez99 Active Member Full Member

    Jan 13, 2021
    Mercer speaking them facts
  11. Fergy

    Fergy Boxing Junkie banned Full Member

    Jan 8, 2017
    Tough guy, one of those crazy 1990 s heavyweight s.
  12. Sangria

    Sangria You bleed like Mylee Full Member

    Nov 13, 2010
    No mention of Spoon or Jesse Ferguson. Mercer didn't like those 80's heavies.
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  13. dmt

    dmt Hardest hitting hw ever Full Member

    Jul 2, 2006
    Mercer is a very honest guy. Good interview.
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  14. AwardedSteak863

    AwardedSteak863 Well-Known Member Full Member

    Aug 16, 2018
    Good stuff. One cool thing about Mercer is that he had a lot of success for a guy that started so late with the sport. To win Olympic gold in the era that he did with his background is remarkable in itself, let alone what he accomplished as a pro. He started boxing at age 23 and won Olympic gold at 27. That is unreal.
  15. Mendoza

    Mendoza Hrgovic = Next Heavyweight champion of the world. banned Full Member

    Jun 29, 2007
    Solid picks, a little self serving, but solid.