"Merciless" Ray Mercer (INSCRIBED "Champ") and Alfred "Ice" Cole SIGNED (silver sharpie) and DATED (05) Triple Threat Enterprises boxing team custom made jacket also additional autograph of former light heavyweight World champion 1962-1963 and Hall Of Famer Harold Johnson.
Triple Threat was a company formed in 1988 by Marc Roberts who managed former Olympians Ray Mercer, Al Cole and Charles "The Natural" Murray, all won World titles in 1991, 1992 and 1993 respectively.
"Merciless" Ray Mercer (born April 4, 1961 in Jacksonville, Florida), former Olympic Gold Medallist and WBO heavyweight title holder who resides in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He has also competed in kickboxing and mixed martial arts.
Mercer was the 1988 United States Amateur Champion at Heavyweight while in the US Army and compiled an Amateur record of 64-6. He won Gold in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul as a heavyweight. In 1989, Mercer fought Barry Flowers (USAF) which contributed to a K.O. win in the 7th round.
* 1st round bye
* Defeated Rudolf Gavenčiak (Czechoslovakia) RSC 3
* Defeated Luigi Gaudiano (Italy) KO 1
* Defeated Arnold Vanderlyde (Netherlands) RSC 2
* Defeated Baik Hyun-Man (South Korea) KO 1
Mercer turned pro in 1989 with a 3rd TKO of Jesse Hughes. He scored a series of knockouts and in August 1990 knocked down and outpointed big punching Smokin' Bert Cooper in a spectacular 12 round brawl that earned him Cooper's NABF title.
In January 1991 he challenged undefeated Francesco Damiani for the WBO heavyweight title, scoring a one punch knockout victory in the 9th when behind on points. Later that year he brutally demolished undefeated puncher Tommy Morrison in five, and with a major World title fight on the horizon vacated his WBO belt and fought 42 year old legend Larry Holmes rather than mandatory challenger Michael Moorer. It proved an unwise decision, as the crafty Holmes conned Mercer out of the fight, outjabbing the puzzled youngster and gaining both the points decision, and Mercer's World title fight with heavyweight king Evander Holyfield.
Having split fights with dangerous veteran Jesse Ferguson, laboured when overweight to a draw with trialhorse Marion Wilson, and seen a proposed 1994 bout in Hong Kong with Frank Bruno fall through, Mercer enjoyed an unexpected run of form in major fights, losing on points in a thrilling brawl with Holyfield in May 1995, losing a controversial decision in another wild punch up, this time with Lennox Lewis, in June 1996, and scoring a controversial points win over ex-champ Tim Witherspoon in yet another high action bout in December 1996. In the frame for a bout with Andrew Golota in 1997, Mercer suffered a neck injury and was out of action for 14 months. He returned February 1998 with a 2 round kayo of Leo Loiacono, but contracted Hepititis B and was again inactive, this time for 20 months.
In February 2001 a 42 year old Mercer launched a final comeback, knocking out four journeymen before being matched with WBO title holder Wladimir Klitschko in a high profile bout on HBO. Once famed for his incredible iron chin, Mercer looked his age and was knocked down in the first and stopped in the 6th. A brief dalliance in the mixed martial arts nixed a 2004 bout with DaVarryl Williamson, however he did return to boxing in 2005, now aged 44, but was stopped in seven by Shannon Briggs.
Continuing to seek a fighting career, Mercer opted to travel to Japan and challenged Musashi in the kickboxing combat sport K-1 on June 6, 2004. Mercer held a reasonable account of himself, but his age and inability to successfully defend kicks was evident as he went on to lose the bout via unanimous decision. On March 19, 2005, he had one more K-1 bout against Remy Bonjasky, to whom he lost via verbal submission, the first and only strike of the night, a head kick, would land on the square on the head of Mercer.
It wasn't your typical fight; Mercer took one head kick and then quit in what was one of the most bizarre fights of all time as the kick didn't even seem to hurt him. As Mercer put it, "I got the shit kicked out of me".
Mixed Martial Arts Career
After a series of scheduled boxing matchups fell through (including a proposed bout against former champion Hasim Rahman), Mercer decided to try mixed martial arts (MMA) and approached Felix Martinez, co-founder of Cage Fury Fighting Championships, about working with the promotion. On March 21, 2007, Cage Fury announced that Mercer had signed to face underground street fighter and Internet legend Kimbo Slice at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on June 23, 2007, as part of Cage Fury Fighting Championship 5. The bout was a non-sanctioned exhibition under the New Jersey Unified MMA rules.
Kimbo Slice won the fight in the first round with a guillotine choke submission.
Mercer later stated in the press conference at Adrenaline III: Bragging Rights when he was scheduled to fight Tim Sylvia under MMA rules instead of Boxing rules that he had expected Kimbo Slice to box with him and said that he did not really train in any other aspect of MMA and was unprepared for the guillotine choke.
On June 13, 2009, Mercer made a big splash when he defeated Tim Sylvia at Adrenaline III: Bragging Rights. He won the fight via knockout in 9 seconds with a huge right hand to the chin, becoming the first man to ever defeat Sylvia by knockout.
In March 2010, it was announced that Mercer had signed with the King of the Cage organization.
Alfred "Ice" Cole (born Alfred Rudolph Cole on 21 April 1964 in Spring Valley, New York) is a former heavyweight. Cole was a champion and a major force in the cruiserweight division prior to moving up to the heavyweight division, where he had less success.
Cole, at 6'4", was a large and dominant cruiserweight boxer. Later in his career, he did not have the size or power to compete at the upper echelon of the heavyweight division whenhemoved up in weight class. He listed his hometown as Spring Valley, New York. Cole began his career on a 20-1 tear and captured the cruiserweight title by defeating IBF champ James Warring after only three years as a professional. Cole went on to defend the title six times. His most notable defences came against Uriah Grant (a fighter who beat Thomas Hearns). Cole defeated Grant twice by unanimous decision.
Throughout his career Al Cole has appeared in movies with several big actors such as Robert DeNiro, Will Smith, John Voight, Jamie Foxx, Jeffrey Wright & Catherine Zeta Jones.
One of the movies Al Cole appeared in, Ali, people got knocked out during the audition. Cole was cited -"People really got knocked out auditioning for the movie roles".
Cole went up to heavyweight without losing his title. In his first heavyweight fight, Cole was nearly swept on all cards by Tim Witherspoon in a unanimous decision loss. A year later, Cole was TKO'd by Michael Grant in the 10th round. Cole then had brief success by drawing over ten rounds with up and coming, undefeated prospect Kirk Johnson. Johnson was to win the rematch via unanimous decision, a loss which began Cole's career downfall. Cole went on to lose to Corrie Sanders and Jameel McCline. Cole's career then had a brief resurgence with a victory over undefeated Vincent Maddalone, a unanimous decision over David Izonritei, and a draw with Jeremy Williams). Cole failed to build on the momentum though, dropping decisions to Lance Whitaker, former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman, and finally a TKO loss to Sultan Ibragimov.
Cole then retired, but returned to defeat heavyweight prospect Joey "Minnesota Ice" Abell on September 5 in Sweden. A year later, he was defeated by fringe contender Timur Ibragimov.
Cole had scheduled to fight a rematch with Abell in 2010 in Uganda, but that bout fell through.
Reflecting on his long career in boxing, Cole noted "I gave people what they wanted to see-an action-packed fight."
Life As A Trainer
Cole is now a professional boxing trainer. He is currently training USBA Heavyweight Champion Maurice Harris.
Of all the great and mighty warriors the city of Philadelphia has produced, Harold Johnson is considered the best technical fighter to emerge from "The City of Brotherly Love." In fact, some experts consider him the best pure technician ever.
Johnson's father, Phil, had been a boxer, but Johnson learned the craft in the Navy, and once boxing an exhibition with Hall-of-Famer Billy Conn. Johnson turned pro in 1946 and scored knockouts in 15 of his first 23 fights. That's almost half of his career 32 knockouts. But with such outstanding skill, Johnson didn't need to rely on power.
After winning 24 straight bouts, Johnson dropped a 10-round decision to Archie Moore in 1949, it was the first of their five meetings. Johnson rebounded and scored decision wins over contenders Henry Hall, Jimmy Bivins and Bert Lytell. Fighting at both light heavyweight and heavyweight, Johnson opened the 1950 campaign by getting stopped by future Hall-of-Famer Jersey Joe Walcott.
Johnson fought Moore three times in a four-month span in late-1951 and early-1952, winning just once. Still, Johnson marched on, posting wins over Clarence Henry, Bob Satterfield, Nino Valdes and Ezzard Charles, another future heavyweight champion and Hall-of-Famer.
In 1954, Johnson met Moore again and this time Archie's light heavyweight title was at stake. Johnson dropped Moore in the 10th round and was ahead on the cards after 13 rounds. But Moore summoned a frenzied attack to retain the title with a 14th-round knockout.
It would be seven years before Johnson had another opportunity to challenge for the title and this came only after the NBA withdrew recognition of Moore as champion. Fighting for the vacant crown in 1961, Johnson stopped veteran contender Jesse Bowdry in nine rounds. Johnson gained universal recognition as light heavyweight champion on May 12, 1962, when he decisioned Doug Jones over 15 rounds. He was almost 34.
After one successful title defence, Johnson lost the crown to Willie Pastrano in 1963. Johnson fought sporadically until 1968 and then retired. In 1971, he made a one-bout comeback and was stopped by contender Herschel Jacobs.