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July 1, 2002 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After retaining his World Boxing Organization heavyweight title Saturday by pummeling aging Ray Mercer into submission, Wladimir Klitschko made it known whom he wants next: Lennox Lewis, the World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation champion. "From my side, I'm ready to fight," said the 6-foot-7 Klitschko, a native of Kiev, Ukraine, whose weight was listed at 243 on fight night. "Now, we have to take counsel from the guys who can do it, and bring it to life. " Saturday's nationally televised bout at the Trump Taj Mahal ended at the 1-minute, 8-second mark of the sixth round.
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June 29, 2002 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Wladimir Klitschko strolled into a nightclub at the Trump Taj Mahal earlier this week wrapped in the aura of a heavyweight champion. He is a champ, of course, but his WBO title is not as highly regarded as the WBC and IBF belts that Lennox Lewis owns, belts the 26-year-old Klitschko (38-1, 35 knockouts) wants. At 6-foot-7 and a sleek 232 pounds, the fighter from Kiev, Ukraine, will enter the ring tonight at the Taj against veteran Ray Mercer (30-4-1, 22 KOs) looking to prove he is worthy of a shot at Lewis.
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February 10, 1993 | By Robert Seltzer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sometimes, no matter how many people they stun - the experts, the oddsmakers, the guys facing them in the ring - underdogs have a tough time shedding their underdog status. Greg Cohen hopes that is not the case with the fighter he manages, Jesse Ferguson, of Philadelphia. Known for years as a professional sparring partner, Ferguson has fought tougher battles in the gym than most guys have in the ring, sparring against the likes of Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Donovan "Razor" Ruddock and Ray Mercer.
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December 6, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
Lennox Lewis is suing Mike Tyson to prevent him from fighting Jan. 19 or to have the WBC remove Tyson from the mandatory challenger's position if he does fight. The suit, which also names the WBC as a defendant, was filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Tuesday. It contends that such a fight for Tyson could hurt Lewis financially. Tyson and Lewis are expected to fight next spring. Tyson is scheduled to fight Ray Mercer next month, probably in Atlantic City. In a statement, Tyson said he was "outraged by Lennox's attempt to interfere with my career . . . Lennox, if you want me, we can fight on Jan. 19. I'm sure Ray Mercer would much rather fight me for the heavyweight crown after I finished you off. " Olympics Utah officials denied Sports Illustrated's report they used the Winter Olympics to fleece federal taxpayers of $1.5 billion for transportation projects.
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May 11, 1996 | By Kevin Tatum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ray Mercer, a journeyman, engaged Lennox Lewis, a heavyweight-title aspirant, in the kind of war to which Lewis is unaccustomed last night at Madison Square Garden. It was an old-fashioned rumble that brought frequent roars from the crowd as both fighters demonstrated a warrior's mentality - they fought hard and were willing to take a punch to land one. Lewis, who had been in trouble early, rallied to pull out a razor-thin majority decision. "I felt I did enough to win," Lewis said.
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May 11, 1996 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
A battered and bloodied Lennox Lewis was booed as he left the ring, a controversial and unpopular winner. But his trainer said the former World Boxing Council champion had taken a step up in his bid to be recognized as the finest heavyweight in the world. Maybe beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. "Lennox moved up to another level as a fighter tonight, I think," Emanuel Steward, said after Lewis (29-1, 24 knockouts) eked out a 10-round, majority decision over Ray Mercer (23-4-1, 16 KOs)
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May 20, 1995 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
"Be all that you can be. " It is the United States Army's recruiting slogan, designed to convince potential recruits they can be transformed into sleek fighting machines if only they subject themselves to the rigorous physical and mental training regimens that comes with enlistment. For nine years, Ray Mercer lived the slogan. He was a soldier, a good one, who knew what it was like to tote an M-60 on his shoulder on 12-mile hikes. He was toughened by reforger exercises in the snowy woods of Germany, by survival courses in desert heat.
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December 8, 1989 | By Robert Seltzer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The line of misguided pugs hoping to meet heavyweight champion Mike Tyson stretches from here to your friendly neighborhood gymnasium. But no matter, the line seems to be getting longer and longer. Two of the men in that queue - Ray Mercer and Tommy Morrison - fought in the undercard at the Mirage last night, and both recorded victories that might serve as stepping stones to an eventual meeting with Tyson. Mercer won a split decision over Ossie Ocasio in an eight-round bout, while Morrison won a lackluster six-round decision over Ken Lakusta.
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June 17, 1992 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
To Evander Holyfield's way of thinking, Larry Holmes is 4 1/2 years too old to be fighting at all, much less for the heavyweight championship of the world. "I truly believe that once you hit 38, regardless of what kind of condition you're in, you really shouldn't be fighting," Holyfield, 29, said at a press conference yesterday to hype his Friday night title bout with 42- year-old former champ Holmes. Holyfield earned $22 million on April 19, 1991, for successfully defending his title against George Foreman, then 42. He's down for a similar payday against Holmes.
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October 7, 1993 | By Robert Seltzer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Facing legal problems outside the ring, Ray Mercer does not worry about establishing a defense inside. Last night, he did not have to. Mercer pounded out a unanimous decision over Mark Wills in a 10-round heavyweight bout at Harrah's Casino/Hotel Atlantic City. Judges Richard Strange and Frank Brunette scored it 97-93, while Rocky Castellani had it 97-95. Mercer, of Newark, N.J., raised his record to 22-2; Wills, of Los Angeles, fell to 14-12. Mercer is under indictment for allegedly offering a $100,000 bribe to Jesse Ferguson during their match on Feb. 6 - a bout that he lost, knocking himself out of a shot at champion Riddick Bowe.
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January 25, 2011
FORMER WBO heavyweight champion Tommy "The Duke" Morrison wants to resume his boxing career at 42, which on the face of it isn't as ridiculous as it might seem. George Foreman ended a 10-year retirement in 1987 and on Nov. 5, 1994, at the improbable age of 45, won a version of the heavyweight title for the second time by starching Michael Moorer in the 10th round. Ageless wonder Bernard Hopkins remains an elite fighter at 46. Heck, even 48-year-old Evander Holyfield is still active and making noises about how he can win the heavyweight championship for a record fifth time.
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July 1, 2002 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After retaining his World Boxing Organization heavyweight title Saturday by pummeling aging Ray Mercer into submission, Wladimir Klitschko made it known whom he wants next: Lennox Lewis, the World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation champion. "From my side, I'm ready to fight," said the 6-foot-7 Klitschko, a native of Kiev, Ukraine, whose weight was listed at 243 on fight night. "Now, we have to take counsel from the guys who can do it, and bring it to life. " Saturday's nationally televised bout at the Trump Taj Mahal ended at the 1-minute, 8-second mark of the sixth round.
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June 30, 2002 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Wladimir Klitschko's mission was clear last night, and he completed that mission. Klitschko, the WBO heavyweight champion, defended his title by stopping an aging Ray Mercer at the Trump Taj Mahal. Referee Randy Neumann ended the fight at 1 minute, 8 seconds of the sixth round as Klitschko whaled away without retaliation against Mercer, 41. The bout was scheduled to go 12 rounds. Klitschko, a 26-year-old native of Kiev, Ukraine, has designs on positioning himself for a fight against Lennox Lewis for Lewis' WBC and IBF titles.
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June 29, 2002 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Wladimir Klitschko strolled into a nightclub at the Trump Taj Mahal earlier this week wrapped in the aura of a heavyweight champion. He is a champ, of course, but his WBO title is not as highly regarded as the WBC and IBF belts that Lennox Lewis owns, belts the 26-year-old Klitschko (38-1, 35 knockouts) wants. At 6-foot-7 and a sleek 232 pounds, the fighter from Kiev, Ukraine, will enter the ring tonight at the Taj against veteran Ray Mercer (30-4-1, 22 KOs) looking to prove he is worthy of a shot at Lewis.
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June 25, 2002 | By Kristian Pope INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
As she passes over the casino floor at the Tropicana Hotel like a dignitary, Diane Lee Fischer is approached by casino employees and patrons of her hair salon at the hotel. They talk to her as if she is a friend. "Come in later. We'll make you look great," Fischer says later to a female cashier at a hotel restaurant. In Fischer's world, she makes everyone feel special. Then she stops to think: If only professional boxing was this pleasant. By day, Fischer, 54, is a hairstylist.
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December 8, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
Mike Tyson called off his January fight against Ray Mercer so he can challenge heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis in April. "This is a business, and I'm sure Ray understands why I need to take Lennox out now," Tyson said in statement yesterday. "Lennox made me an offer than I could not refuse, and it is time to give the people what they want. " Shelly Finkel, Tyson's adviser, said, "It was worthwhile to go directly to Lewis. " As the No. 1 contender, Tyson is in position for the WBC's mandatory challenge against Lewis, who regained the WBC and IBF titles by knocking out Hasim Rahman in the fourth round of a rematch Nov. 17 in Las Vegas.
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December 6, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
Lennox Lewis is suing Mike Tyson to prevent him from fighting Jan. 19 or to have the WBC remove Tyson from the mandatory challenger's position if he does fight. The suit, which also names the WBC as a defendant, was filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Tuesday. It contends that such a fight for Tyson could hurt Lewis financially. Tyson and Lewis are expected to fight next spring. Tyson is scheduled to fight Ray Mercer next month, probably in Atlantic City. In a statement, Tyson said he was "outraged by Lennox's attempt to interfere with my career . . . Lennox, if you want me, we can fight on Jan. 19. I'm sure Ray Mercer would much rather fight me for the heavyweight crown after I finished you off. " Olympics Utah officials denied Sports Illustrated's report they used the Winter Olympics to fleece federal taxpayers of $1.5 billion for transportation projects.
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March 12, 1999 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
To Evander Holyfield, it's just another bout, just another opponent to be disposed of like yesterday's trash. Forget the names and the hype; the idea is to beat the guy standing in front of you. Boxing really isn't that difficult when you reduce it to its simplest terms. To Lennox Lewis, it is the one fight by which his entire career will be judged, and that makes it as special as special can be. It is, well, Armageddon. Decide for yourself which champion's approach is best.
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April 7, 1998 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
Tim Witherspoon's entire career, it seems, has been a succession of make-or-break fights. However, heading into tonight's USA-televised 10-rounder with Jimmy Thunder (32-9, 26 KOs) from Cherokee, N.C., even Witherspoon (46-6, 31 KOs) realizes that description never has been more apt. "Nothing is ever guaranteed to me," said Witherspoon, 40, the two-time former heavyweight champion from South Philadelphia who now resides in Fairless Hills. "Every fight is important, but this fight is especially important because everyone will write me off if I lose.
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July 23, 1997 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Lennox Lewis has agreed to defend his WBC heavyweight championship against Andrew Golota on Oct. 4, most likely in Atlantic City. Dino Duva, president of Main Events, yesterday said that three Atlantic City venues and one in Las Vegas were bidding for the fight, but that "it looks like Atlantic City. " It will be the second title defense by Lewis, a Briton who won the vacant championship Feb. 5 when Oliver McCall refused to answer the bell. The fight was stopped in the fifth round and ruled a technical knockout.
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