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Ray Mercer: ' None Of These MMA Guys Wants To Fight Me'

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Exclusive Interview by James Slater - I called up former Olympic gold medallist and former WBO heavyweight champion Ray Mercer earlier today, primarily to speak with "Merciless," 36-7-1(26) about his upcoming fight with unbeaten Swedish big man Andreas Gustafsson. However, as soon as we began speaking Ray told me that the scheduled fight was no more. Thrown off a bit, I was happy when Ray went ahead and talked with me all the same.

Fans took a great deal of notice when the 48-year-old met and quickly defeated MMA's Tim Sylvia earlier this year. Ray spoke about possible future MMA adventures, as well as possibilities for his continuing pugilistic career..

Here is what the iron-jawed former champ had to say.

James Slater: It's a pleasure to speak with you, Champ, as always. Firstly, is the fight with Andreas Gustafsson a definite for September 4th?

Ray Mercer: No, I'm not taking that fight now. I was supposed to leave yesterday.

J.S: Oh, does that mean you're retired, Ray?

R.M: No, I'm not retired. I was gonna take the fight, but I had a little accident, that's all.

J.S: Sweden, of course, is the site of your last boxing win - when you beat Richel Hersisia (last September). Are you popular over there?

R.M: Oh yeah, I love fighting over there, man. I love it in Sweden.

J.S: So have you anything else in the pipeline - either in boxing or in MMA? People are still talking about the way you iced Tim Sylvia in what was it, nine seconds?

R.M: (laughs) Yeah, I'm willing to take anything that's offered to me, you know. But those MMA guys, they don't seem to want to fight me. I don't get it. I thought they had heart, and yet they won't fight me and I'm nearly 50-years old, man!

J.S: Your 9-second win sure got a lot of hits on You-Tube, and the fight sparked a debate among fans of boxing and MMA. Boxing fans said, "I told you so. No way an MMA guy beats a boxer!"

R.M: Yeah, and I fought him [Sylvia] his way, with his rules.

J.S: Yes, but you never gave him a chance to get his thing going, you slammed him with that right hand to the head so quick!

R.M: That's right. I definitely don't think those guys should be messing around with boxers. We'll KO them because they don't have the heart we do. It kills me how none of those guys want to fight me now. They say they have heart in that sport, but I don't know. They don't wanna do it, with those four ounce gloves on. I thought they were tough. I was supposed to fight a guy after Tim Sylvia, but he turned it down. I'm really surprised none of those guys will take a fight with me, I really am.

J.S: Another interesting thing lately has been the announced comeback plans of a guy you fought in the past, Shannon Briggs. We hear he is in training, wants a fight this month or so and then wants a shot at one of the Klitschkos - who you've also been in with (Wladimir, anyway). Would a rematch with Briggs be of interest to you?

R.M: You know me, I'll fight anybody. It don't matter if I hate them or not, I'll fight anybody. But yeah, I'd love to kick his [Briggs] ass this time! But he had better get off them steroids it looks like he's been taking! You know, he was supposed to be going to this Sweden thing too. Not to fight, but to be a guest or something.

J.S: He hit you in the back of the head when you fought in August of 2005, didn't he?

R.M: Yeah, I'd like to fight him properly this time. You know, they say you have to protect yourself at all times and I never did that like I should have. I'll never turn my back on him again, that's for sure. He's so big, he's got no wind - that's what happens to guys who take steroids. When I fought him I went right to him and I was whupping him good until I missed with a right hand and fell over the ropes, and then he climbed on my back! I'd like to fight him again, of course. But I don't think he'll fight me again, I swear to God. As for Klitschko, he'll kill the guy! Briggs is so big he only throws three punches a round.

J.S: Well, we hope you can get a fight going, Champ - either in boxing or in MMA. It's been great speaking with you.

R.M: Okay, call me up anytime, my man.
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I think most people won't fight Mercer as defeating a 48-year old boxer does nothing to advance their career when compared with defeating quality contenders / ranked opponents.

MMA fighters have no heart? Try telling that to Ed Herman and Chris Tuscherer after their recent UFC 102 performances.
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Let's not forget this guy lost to Kimbo ffs. Any remotely established guy should ignore Mercer because a win over him does nothing. If you are an up and coming guy then this would be a great fight to take. It should be an easy win and he has a little name recognition among the masses.
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To Mercer's credit he did KO a 2 time UFC HW champ. Sylvia did underestimate Mercer a lot.

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D-level MMA fighter will smoke this old douche
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come on... has he fogotten about Kimbo Slice so soon? Full cred for the flash KO of Sylvia... but he's livin in a dream world.


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I think most people won't fight Mercer as defeating a 48-year old boxer does nothing to advance their career when compared with defeating quality contenders / ranked opponents.

MMA fighters have no heart? Try telling that to Ed Herman and Chris Tuscherer after their recent UFC 102 performances.
Exactly.....

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Let's not forget this guy lost to Kimbo ffs. Any remotely established guy should ignore Mercer because a win over him does nothing. If you are an up and coming guy then this would be a great fight to take. It should be an easy win and he has a little name recognition among the masses.
I dont even think as an up and commer I wouild fight him........all you gotta do is shoot in on this guy take him down and maul him, and if Sylvia had a brain he would have done that.....

LOL at Tim Sylvia "Fedor is a big *****"

Sure Timmy..

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The most irritating part of this interview was the failure of the "journalist" (and I use the term loosely) to actually ask any questions. But I'm sure you'll see that in the bits I quoted.

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J.S: So have you anything else in the pipeline - either in boxing or in MMA? People are still talking about the way you iced Tim Sylvia in what was it, nine seconds?

R.M: (laughs) Yeah, I'm willing to take anything that's offered to me, you know. But those MMA guys, they don't seem to want to fight me. I don't get it. I thought they had heart, and yet they won't fight me and I'm nearly 50-years old, man!
Yeah. Because people are intimidated by Ray Mercer. The almost fifty year old boxer who got submitted by Kimbo Slice.

Please. What a joke.

Fighters know that they have nothing to gain by taking on a washout like Mercer, and they have everything to lose (see Timmy Chonga).


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J.S: Your 9-second win sure got a lot of hits on You-Tube, and the fight sparked a debate among fans of boxing and MMA. Boxing fans said, "I told you so. No way an MMA guy beats a boxer!"

R.M: Yeah, and I fought him [Sylvia] his way, with his rules.
Apart from the fact that it didn't spark that debate at all, and never will, this exchange was particularly weird to me.

You think that Mr. Slater could take Mercer's nuts out of his mouth and ask a question?


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J.S: Yes, but you never gave him a chance to get his thing going, you slammed him with that right hand to the head so quick!

R.M: That's right. I definitely don't think those guys should be messing around with boxers. We'll KO them because they don't have the heart we do. It kills me how none of those guys want to fight me now. They say they have heart in that sport, but I don't know. They don't wanna do it, with those four ounce gloves on. I thought they were tough. I was supposed to fight a guy after Tim Sylvia, but he turned it down. I'm really surprised none of those guys will take a fight with me, I really am.
Again, I would like to point out that there was a boxer present at the first UFC event. He was thoroughly embarrassed.

I can revert to my old explanations of this matchup, but it's kinda played out at this point.

Oh, and, again, Slater fails to ask a question.


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J.S: Another interesting thing lately has been the announced comeback plans of a guy you fought in the past, Shannon Briggs. We hear he is in training, wants a fight this month or so and then wants a shot at one of the Klitschkos - who you've also been in with (Wladimir, anyway). Would a rematch with Briggs be of interest to you?

R.M: You know me, I'll fight anybody. It don't matter if I hate them or not, I'll fight anybody. But yeah, I'd love to kick his [Briggs] ass this time! But he had better get off them steroids it looks like he's been taking! You know, he was supposed to be going to this Sweden thing too. Not to fight, but to be a guest or something.
I couldn't care less about Shannon Briggs but, for those who don't know, Briggs kicked the crap out of Mercer, KOing him in the seventh round. Not long after, Mercer lost to Derric Rossey, who I've never heard of.

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J.S: He hit you in the back of the head when you fought in August of 2005, didn't he?

R.M: Yeah, I'd like to fight him properly this time. You know, they say you have to protect yourself at all times and I never did that like I should have. I'll never turn my back on him again, that's for sure. He's so big, he's got no wind - that's what happens to guys who take steroids. When I fought him I went right to him and I was whupping him good until I missed with a right hand and fell over the ropes, and then he climbed on my back! I'd like to fight him again, of course. But I don't think he'll fight me again, I swear to God. As for Klitschko, he'll kill the guy! Briggs is so big he only throws three punches a round.
Again, talking sh*t about Briggs while complaining about an illegal shot.

For a guy who likes to talk about how much heart he has, it seems a little silly to want a fight on the basis of a bad matchup.

Again, a side note: Wladimir Klitchko kicked Mercer's ass with a sixth round TKO back in 2002.


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J.S: Well, we hope you can get a fight going, Champ - either in boxing or in MMA. It's been great speaking with you.

R.M: Okay, call me up anytime, my man.
Again, this interview reads more like the interview is watching softcore boxing porn than trying to be intellectually honest but whatever.

I'm sure there are plenty of MMA fighters that want Ray Mercer. Hell, give him a guy like Pedro Rizzo and see what happens.

Personally, I'd like to see him fight Mark Coleman, because I think Coleman would kick the crap out of him, and we could watch an old-man fight.



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ROFL at the no heart comment. Has he forgotten the Remy B fight? Youtube it if you haven't seen it. I think after the first kick in the first round Mercer pulls a Tank Abbott.
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Relax Ray. Seriously.



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