After a spectacular display of fistic fireworks this past weekend that saw Merciless Ray Mercer (36-7-1, 26 KO’s) defeat the monstrous Richel Hersisia (30-3, 24 KO’s) in Karlstad, Sweden, Mercer is ready to dust off another rising heavyweight star in David “The Hayemaker” Haye (21-1, 20 KO’s) as soon as possible.  “I just defeated a fighter nearly thirteen years my junior,” said Mercer, “and I will school David Haye even more when we get in the ring.”

At the age of 47, 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist and former heavyweight champion has proven time and time again over his illustrious career that he will not only fight those willing to step in the ring with him, but he will span the globe, going into his opponent’s backyard to prove that age is nothing but a number.  Throughout Mercer’s boxing career, he has fought from Hollywood, California to Hollywood, Florida, with his most recent fights taking him into arenas in Sweden, China, and back to Sweden.  “David Haye has been running his mouth long enough,” said Mercer.  “I’ll give you a fight and we’ll even come to you.  Have your people call my people, and I’ll make your worst nightmare come true.”

After making quite an impression on the cruiserweight division Haye has been warning the boxing world of his inevitable move a pound north to the heavyweight division of, but with Mercer having faced the likes of Holmes, Holyfield, and Klitschko, as well as taking on and defeating hardened pugilists since splashing on to the boxing scene, Mercer knows he is the gatekeeper to boxing superstardom for fighters like the Hayemaker.  “Haye has been shouting from the roof tops that he wants to fight the best.  Well, here’s his chance,” said Mercer.  “Here I am.  The road to the top runs through me, and I’m ready to answer the call from David Haye.” 

Haye is slated to fight in November in his hometown of London and with no opponent named yet, Mercer is ready to step in and make the fight happen in London town.  Even though Haye has youth on his side, Mercer feels he has a leg up on the Hayemaker.  “When I had twenty fights under my belt,” said Mercer “I had a similar record that Haye has now with just as many first round knockouts.  However, I now have the hunger, desire, and experience that he’ll never have, and when that bells rings, he truly won’t know what hit him.  I’ll show him what being ‘Merciless’ is all about.”

Mercer sees no reason why this fight can’t happen.  He’s ready, willing, and able to be Haye’s next opponent, and while he feels the Hayemaker will stammer, Mercer is saying, “I hear London is wonderful in November!”

Sal Musumeci CEO/President of Final Forum has been inundated with calls from promoters around the globe looking to make a fight with Ray, all offers are being considered, a call from Haye would without question be top of the list. “I would love the opportunity to bring a fight of this magnitude to London, the fans deserve to see great competitive heavyweights fights, with Ray you get nothing short of that from start to finish.” - Sal Musumeci

Melissa Hernandez Captures Third World Title

New York's own 2-time World Champion Melissa "Huracan" Hernandez won her 3rd World Title Friday Sep 5th in Las Vegas solidifying her place as New York's best and most accomplished female boxer and one of the world's best Woman boxers. The Bronx Puerto Rican Hernandez outworked Ella Nunez to score a 97-93 (all three judges) unanimous decision in a crowd-pleasing ten- round bout for the vacant WIBA super featherweight title.

Hernandez has already previously won the International Female Boxing Association's Super Bantamweight title as well as the Global Boxing Union's Female Lightweight Title.

Both ladies let the leather fly and landed plenty of punches, with Hernandez digging deep and fighting harder whenever Nunez appeared to be gaining ground in the bout.

Hernandez who is a 2 time NY Golden's Gloves Champion and National Amateur Champion fought her last bout on June 6, 2008 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in CT, Melissa won by 3rd TKO of the highly regarded Missy Fiorentino 17-1.

Noe Perez Turns Pro

CHICAGO, IL - Former amateur standout Noe Perez, brother of Chicago’s blood and guts warrior Luciano Perez, will make his professional debut on Friday, September 19th at Cicero Stadium, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING.

The 19 year old Perez, a 2008 Chicago Golden Gloves champion, will battle Nick Arellano in a four round lightweight bout which has just been added to “ LIBERTY ”, an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing which is part of Cicero ’s huge Mexican Independence Day celebration.

Said Pesoli, “I’ve watched Noe for the last few years as an amateur and have been very impressed. He’s done a terrific job as an amateur and I’m anxious to see how he does in the pro ranks. Luciano is amongst the most popular fighters in Chicago and I think the fans will like what they see from Noe.”

Tickets for “ LIBERTY ”, presented along with Budweiser, TCF Bank, Aero Mexico, Jack Daniels, EL Jimador Tequila, Grossinger Auto Group, ABT Electronics and New York Jewelers, are on sale in advance by calling the 8 Count Productions office at 312-226-5800. Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Laramie . Doors for this event will open at 7pm with the first bell scheduled for 8pm.

Headlining the “ LIBERTY ” card is an eight round junior welterweight bout between Sonora , Mexico ’s Ramon Montano and Bayamon , Puerto Rico native Mike Gonzalez.

The 26 year old Montano, now living in Las Vegas , NV , sports a record of 15-5-2 since turning professional five years ago. Most recently he battled then WBC Lightweight Champion David Diaz on March 15th in Las Vegas , losing a hard fought majority decision. Other notable names on his record include world ranked Dmitriy Salita (DRAW-8) and Americo Santos (W-SD8).

The heavy handed Gonzalez, 10-4-1 (9KO’s) now based in Milwaukee , Wisconsin , splashed onto the local boxing scene three years ago and quickly ran off a string of eight wins, all by knockout.

Most recently Gonzalez has fought against some of the best prospects in boxing, losing hard fought battles to Jorge Teron and Joel Torres both in their hometown of New York City . In his last local fight, Gonzalez devastatingly knocked out Jaime Alvarado in April 2007 at the PAR-A-DICE Casino in East Peoria , IL .

The co-main event features the return of Chicago fan favorite Luciano “EL MICHOACAN” Perez taking on Puerto Rico ’s Devin Lopez in a junior middleweight bout.

Perez, 15-8-1 (13KO’s), returns to Cicero Stadium where he has fought successfully twice before, a third round knockout of John Vaughn in March 2007 and a SOLO BOXEO televised knockout of Carson Jones in February 2006.

Two years ago, Perez battled fellow Mexican Francisco Rincon at the Aragon Ballroom in one of Chicago most action packed fights in recent years. The blood filled war, featuring continuous power shots from both warriors, was won by Perez as he rallied to win the fight in the last two rounds.

In his last major bout, Perez battled former world champion Carlos Baldomir at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon , California , losing a highly disputed ten round majority decision which was also broadcast on SOLO BOXEO.

Lopez, now fighting out of Hammond , Indiana , brings a record of 7-3-1 (6KO’s). He had won three in a row before being stopped by Aaron Pryor Jr. earlier this year.

In a special feature attraction undefeated Chicago light heavyweight Gerald Taylor, 4-0-1 (2KO’s) will look to continue his winning ways against Denver, Colorado’s Satya Williams, 2-0 (1KO) in a scheduled six round bout. Taylor is coming off a four round unanimous decision win over previously undefeated Walter Foster on July 11th at the Aragon Ballroom.

In a four round lightweight bout, Chicago based fighters Miguel Angel Figueroa and Jeff “THE BIG FROG” Curran will open the night’s proceedings.