Bernardo Mercado

Bernardo Mercado (born January 16, 1952) was a heavyweight boxer briefly ranked as the top contender for the title of champion in 1980 by the WBC.wikipedia
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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).
Cobb took wins over notable heavyweights of his era such as Bernardo Mercado, Earnie Shavers, and Leon Spinks.

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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 October 1978 he came off the floor to knock out hard hitting Colombian Bernardo Mercado in 5, and in January 1979 knocked out hulking old foe Stan Ward in 9 to win the USBA heavyweight title.

Trevor Berbick

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.
He won his first 11 fights (10 by knockout) before suffering his first pro loss to another rising contender, Bernardo Mercado, on April 3, 1979.

John Tate (boxer)

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Mercado's first loss as a pro came in 1978, at the hands of future champion "Big" John Tate.
Tate turned pro in 1977 and scored a series of high-profile wins, knocking out highly ranked contenders Duane Bobick, Bernardo Mercado, and Kallie Knoetze.

Earnie Shavers

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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.
Many thought he should have retired after his upset loss to lower contender Bernardo Mercado.

Leon Spinks

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He was defeated in an elimination bout with former champion Leon Spinks by 9 round technical knockout.
He fought to a draw in with Eddie López, in May 1980 he scored a knockout over Kevin Isaac, and in October beat the WBC's top-ranked challenger, Bernardo Mercado, by a knockout in round nine, this fight was on the undercard of Muhammad Ali vs. Larry Holmes.

Jimmy Thunder

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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).

Wesley Watson

Watson turned pro in 1987 and won his first 10 bouts before stepping up in class and losing to Bernardo Mercado in 1988.

Heavyweight

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

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

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

Montería

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

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

1974 Central American and Caribbean Games

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

Argentina

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

Oscar Bonavena

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

Knockout

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Of his first 20 bouts, the 6 ft power puncher won 17 by knockout, nine in the first round.

Larry Holmes

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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.

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