Bernardo Mercado

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Bernardo Mercado
Statistics
Real nameBernardo Mercado
Weight(s)Heavyweight
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
NationalityColombia Colombian
Born (1952-01-16) January 16, 1952 (age 67)
Monteria, Colombia
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights38
Wins33
Wins by KO28
Losses5
Draws0

Bernardo Mercado (born January 16, 1952)[1][2] was a heavyweight boxer briefly ranked as the top contender for the title of champion in 1980 by the WBC.

Born in Montería, Colombia,[1][2] Mercado won a bronze medal in the light-heavyweight category at the 1974 Central American and Caribbean Games.[3]

Mercado was once a sparring partner for Argentine heavyweight Oscar Bonavena, before turning professional on November 15, 1975.

Of his first 20 bouts, the 6-foot-4-inch (193 cm) power puncher won 17 by knockout, nine in the first round. Mercado's first loss as a pro came in 1978, at the hands of future champion "Big" John Tate.[2]

He went on to fight other future champions Mike Weaver and Trevor Berbick, knocking Berbick out in the first round of their meeting on April 3, 1979. In 1980, he earned a seventh round technical knockout over dangerous contender and multiple-time world title challenger Earnie Shavers and was ranked as the number one contender to Larry Holmes' WBC belt. He was defeated in an elimination bout with former champion Leon Spinks by 9 round technical knockout. He would go on to fight such name fighters as Randall "Tex" Cobb and Jimmy Thunder (with whom he fought in his last bout on December 8, 1989).[1]

Professional boxing record[edit]

33 Wins (28 knockouts, 5 decisions), 5 Losses (4 knockouts, 1 decision)[2]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 5-0 New Zealand Jimmy Thunder TKO 1 08/12/1989 Australia Melbourne Showgrounds, Melbourne, Victoria Referee stopped the bout at 1:27 of the first round.
Win 10-0 United States Wesley Watson TKO 1 13/08/1988 United States Bristol, Tennessee
Win 4-21-1 United States Wesley Smith KO 4 02/08/1988 United States Central Plaza Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Win 16-12-2 Canada Conroy Nelson UD 8 28/05/1988 Canada Saskatoon Place Complex, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Win 2-5 Mexico Jose Luis Gonzalez KO 1 06/11/1986 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win 23-20-1 Mexico Fernando Montes TKO 8 04/09/1986 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California Referee stopped the bout at 3:00 of the eighth round.
Win 23-15-1 Mexico Fernando Montes TKO 5 07/05/1983 Colombia Cartagena de Indias
Loss 18-2 United States Randall "Tex" Cobb PTS 10 06/11/1981 United States Pittsburgh Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Win 12-6 Costa Rica Gilberto Acuna TKO 1 13/06/1981 United States Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida Referee stopped the bout at 2:38 of the first round.
Loss 9-2-2 United States Leon Spinks TKO 9 02/10/1980 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada WBC World Heavyweight Title Eliminator. Referee stopped the bout at 2:52 of the ninth round.
Win 21-12-1 United States Tom Prater TKO 12 14/08/1980 Colombia Bogotá WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Title.
Win 59-8-1 United States Earnie Shavers TKO 7 08/03/1980 United States Great Gorge Resort, McAfee, New Jersey Referee stopped the bout at 0:41 of the seventh round.
Win 33-11-4 United States Henry Clark PTS 10 03/08/1979 United States Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California
Win 10-4-1 Tonga Fili Moala TKO 6 25/05/1979 United States San Diego Coliseum, San Diego, California
Win 11-0 Jamaica Trevor Berbick KO 1 03/04/1979 Canada Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Title. Berbick knocked out at 2:55 of the first round.
Win 18-6-1 Tonga Tony Pulu TKO 8 14/02/1979 United States Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah
Loss 15-8 United States Mike "Hercules" Weaver TKO 5 22/10/1978 United States Sahara Reno, Reno, Nevada
Loss 12-0 United States "Big" John Tate TKO 2 22/06/1978 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City Referee stopped the bout at 2:24 of the second round.
Win 7-4 United States Horace Robinson PTS 10 24/02/1978 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 8-0-1 Tonga Fili Moala TKO 8 18/11/1977 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 12-16-2 United States Roger Russell KO 1 29/09/1977 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City Russell knocked out at 1:17 of the first round.
Win 5-6-1 United States Battling Bob Smith KO 2 22/07/1977 Colombia Cartagena de Indias
Win 6-3 United States Horace Robinson PTS 6 11/05/1977 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win 7-2 United States Randy Stephens KO 2 29/04/1977 United States Fort Worth, Texas
Win 3-7 United States Dan Ronnell KO 7 10/03/1977 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win 6-2-1 United States Paul "King" Solomon KO 1 15/02/1977 United States Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California
Win 2-2 Tonga Johnny Pouha KO 1 03/11/1976 United States Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 3-5 United States Dan Ronnell KO 6 22/10/1976 United States Los Angeles, California
Win 7-5 Canada Earl McLeay TKO 1 05/10/1976 United States Hyatt Regency, Incline Village, Nevada
Win 16-13-1 United States J.J. Woody KO 3 28/09/1976 United States Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Win 5-5-1 United States Battling Bob Smith KO 1 22/09/1976 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 7-17 United States MacArthur Swindell UD 8 19/08/1976 United States Washoe County Fairgrounds, Reno, Nevada
Win 24-26-3 Mexico Manuel "Pulgarcito" Ramos KO 5 13/05/1976 United States Albuquerque Civic Auditorium, Albuquerque, New Mexico Ramos knocked out at 3:06 of the fifth round.
Win 3-10 United States Mark White KO 1 26/02/1976 United States Reno, Nevada
Win 1-1 United States Dave Martinez KO 3 12/02/1976 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win -- Marvin Johnson KO 1 08/01/1976 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win 1-1 United States Kenny Charles TKO 1 11/12/1975 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California Referee stopped the bout at 0:23 of the first round.
Win 4-1 United States Harry Washington KO 1 15/11/1975 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California Washington knocked out at 2:34 of the first round.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Bernardo Mercado Boxer History, Facts, and News". AllBoxingStats.com. Archived from the original on January 17, 2013. Retrieved February 20, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d "Professional boxing record for Bernardo Mercado". BoxRec. Archived from the original on October 7, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2010.
  3. ^ "12.Central American and Caribbean Games - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - February 27 - March 13 1974". amateur-boxing.strefa.pl. Retrieved 2019-03-31.

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