Former WBO Heavyweight champ Ray Mercer is set to headline the first east-coast based King of The Cage show in years against Ron Sparks this Friday night at The Foxwoods Casino in CT. Mercer no showed a press event two weeks ago at Gleason’s Gym, where we spoke with his opponent Ron Sparks about his apparent lack of respect for KOTC and his opponent. Mercer repeated his actions the next day at the Boston press conference, and earlier this week was nowhere to be found for his interview with ESPN’s MMA Live. What first seemed like it was simply Mercer not caring about the press, has now turned into a serious matter, as no one has come into contact with Ray for days.
As reported by Peter Lampasona of MATCombatSports.com, King of the Cage east coast representative Keith Creed divulged on Thursday that Mercer’s manager did not know where the former champ was. Creed was quoted as saying, “At this point we a more concerned for [Ray Mercer’s] safety than for his participation in the September 17th event… If we found him in a Holiday Inn with a line of cocaine and two hookers at least we’d know he had a good time.” The last reliable report of Mercer’s location was from his son, who stated Ray left his home in North Carolina on Tuesday morning to complete the last part of his training camp for his headlining fight.
I actually attempted to call Ray last week and was able to reach Ray’s manager in New Jersey, but after playing phone tag with him was unable to obtain an interview with Mercer or comments from anyone. Mercer was last seen in North Philadelphia, not the most friendly of places, which is where police will begin searching tomorrow if no one is able to contact Mercer by tonight. No names have been mentioned in regards to replacing Mercer in the event he is not found. King of the Cage will be issuing a press release addressing Ray Mercer’s disappearance by tomorrow if no serious headway is made in finding him, and we will update you as the situation progresses.