Arthur Mercante, Sr.

Actor, Film actor

1920 – 2010

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Who was Arthur Mercante, Sr.?

Arthur Mercante Sr. was an international boxing referee. His career lasted from the 1960s until 2001. Mercante's son also became a noted referee. In his youth, Arthur Mercante Sr. was a member of the Merchant Marines.

His first title bout was the second fight between Floyd Patterson and Ingemar Johansson. Johansson had won the world heavyweight title in the first fight. In the second fight, Patterson became the first fighter to regain the heavyweight title.

Mercante was also the referee for many notable bouts, including the first Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fight on March 8, 1971, the first bout between George Foreman and Joe Frazier, the first bout between Alexis Arguello and Alfredo Escalera, the Wilfredo Gomez-Lupe Pintor fight, the first bout between Edwin Rosario and Jose Luis Ramirez and Rosario's bout with Hector Camacho Sr..

Mercante served in the Navy during World War II and his commanding officer was heavyweight champion Gene Tunney.

His refereeing career began professionally in 1956 and ended in 2001 at the age of 81. In 1995 he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.

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Born
Jan 27, 1920
Brockton
Also known as
  • Arthur Mercante
  • Arthur M. Mercante
Children
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • New York University
Died
Apr 10, 2010
Westbury

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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