Mercer Must Undergo Operation On His Neck

Posted: July 19, 1997

Ray Mercer will not fight Andrew Golota in a heavyweight bout Aug. 16 because Mercer has a neck injury that requires surgery.

Promoter Dino Duva said he was given doctors' reports yesterday that revealed Mercer has cervical herniated discs in his neck.

Mercer will have surgery Monday at a New York City hospital, which manager Marc Roberts would not disclose.

Mercer might be able to fight again in four to six months.

In other boxing news:

Johnny Tapia scored a unanimous decision over Danny Romero in a junior bantamweight championship fight in Las Vegas.

GOLF Don Pooley and Steve Jurgensen shared the second-round lead of the Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic in Madison, Miss.

Michele Redman held on to the lead at the JAL Big Apple Classic in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Jimmy Powell's 64 matched a tournament record and gave him a one-stroke lead after one round of the Burnet Senior Classic in Coon Rapids, Minn.

John Daly, who said his abrupt departure from the U.S. Open five weeks ago was due to exhaustion, will make his tour comeback next week at the Greater Hartford Open, tournament officials said.

TENNIS Anna Kournikova, Maggie Maleeva, Chanda Rubin and Monica Seles reached the semifinals of the A&P Classic, in Mahwah, N.J.

Michael Chang, Petr Korda, Brett Steven and David Wheaton reached the semifinals of the Legg Mason Classic, in Washington, D.C.

PRO BASKETBALL Julius Erving, who went on to lead the 76ers to the NBA title in 1983, was named the American Basketball Association's all-time most valuable player in conjunction with a league reunion to be held next month.

Power forward Adonal Foyle, the Golden State Warriors' No. 1 draft pick chosen eighth overall, broke his left foot while playing in the Jersey Shore Summer League in Belmar, N.J.

COLLEGES University of Minnesota wide receiver Ryan Thelwell was suspended from the football team for the 1997 season because he has not been attending classes.

SPORT STOPS Germany's Jan Ullrich dominated the Tour de France's 34.2-mile time trial and won the 12th stage in 1 hour, 16 minutes, 24 seconds.

Former U.S. hockey coach Dave Peterson died Thursday night of post-operative complications following heart-bypass surgery. He was 66.

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