K-1 life renews Mercer's love of boxing

Humbled by his brief kickboxing career, Ray Mercer's love of boxing is renewed. A father of nine fighting at 44, Mercer says money is not the sole motivation.

Updated: August 25, 2005, 4:03 PM ET
By Thomas Gerbasi | MaxBoxing.com

The names are unfamiliar to most boxing fans -- Musashi, Remy Bonjasky -- but suffice to say in the world of K-1 kickboxing, both men command a substantial amount of respect. This is what former WBO heavyweight champion "Merciless" Ray Mercer was facing when he decided to take a break from the boxing world in 2004 and enter the realm of professional kickboxing.

How hard could it be, Mercer probably thought. He had to have seen the videos of spectacular knockout after knockout and said to ...

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