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Mercer hopes to revive his career against WBO champ

Updated: June 11, 2002, 7:12 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Ray Mercer's black eye wasn't the most hopeful of omens when he showed up Tuesday to promote his fight against WBO heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko.

At 41, Mercer is being served up for the 26-year-old Klitschko to make a name for himself in the United States and earn a shot at Lennox Lewis' WBC and IBF heavyweight titles.

''I'm ready to fight Lewis,'' the Ukranian said. ''But I don't want to look past Mercer. I heard a lot about him. He has a very strong ...

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