Ray Mercer vs Richel Hersisia in Sweden on Sept 5!

Fight Production manager Olaf Schroeder today confirmed reports coming out of Sweden that Dutch heavyweight Richel Hersisia, 30-2 (24 KO’s), will indeed clash with veteran former WBO ‘world’ champion ‘Merciless’ Ray Mercer, 35-7-1 (26 KO’s), in Karlstad, Sweden on September 5 in a bout scheduled for 6 x 2 minutes, the maximum allowed distance in that country..

“From our side, it’s on,” said Schroeder, “we just wait for promoter Anders Homberg of Pugnus Boxing Promotion to sign the contract, but negotiations with Anders went smooth and easy, so I don’t expect any problems. I am very happy that Anders is giving us this great opportunity!”.

On his last visit to Swedish shores in September ’07, Mercer knocked Mikael Lindblad out cold in the first round. For that fight, Lindblad sparred with Hersisia at the gym of ex-‘world’ champion Graciano Rocchigiani in Germany, so the ‘Dutch Sonny Liston’ will surely be warned. Mercer may be 47 years of age, but he proved that his punch is still up there with the best of them. However, in fact Hersisia has an even higher knockout ratio than Mercer – although at a lower level – so a spectacular punch-out looks to be looming.

“This is the biggest fight to be held in Sweden in the last 40 years, or since Floyd Patterson lost to Jimmy Ellis for the WBA ‘world’ heavyweight crown in Stockholm in 1968,” proclaimed an exited promoter Anders Holmberg.

Article posted on 14.07.2008

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