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Arthur Mercante, RIP

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Smallpotatoes, Apr 10, 2010.

  1. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member


    He was 90 and was still reffing into his 80's. Worked the first Ali/Frazier fight.
  2. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    Probably the best ref I ever saw. An absolute master at controlling a fight - without anyone noticing him - and brilliant at knowing when a round was about to end (before they started banging on the apron when there were 10 seconds left) so he could move in a break things up so the guys weren't swinging at each other after the bell.

    His son was a pretty good ref too.

  3. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Lots of boxing people are still around at an extended age and are keeping a very rich institutional memory alive. Boxing today above the middle weights is a joke.
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