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Klitschko, Mercer to Fight in June

May 30, 2002

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) _ WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will defend his title against Ray Mercer June 29.

It will be the third defense for champion from Ukraine, who stopped Frans Botha in the eighth round March 16.

Klitschko, a former Olympic super-heavyweight champion, is 38-1, his lone loss an 11th-round knockout by Ross Purrity in 1998.

In Mercer’s last outing, the 41-year-old journeyman stopped Troy Weida 28 seconds into the first round of their Feb. 23 match in Atlantic City.

Mercer is 30-4-1.

The fight will take place at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort.

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