Growing up in Chicago’s south side suburbs, heavyweight contender “Merciless” Mike Mollo was a scrapper. He loved to fight. Already a big kid with a solid punch by the time he reached 14, Mollo’s parents saw they had themselves a born fighter and enrolled him in a local boxeo club. It was a match made in heaven as far as Mollo was concerned. Mollo learned the art of boxeo and a few years later in 2000, after a brief amateur career, he turned pro.
He spent the early part of his career rattling off a fifteen fight win streak, stopping nine of those men before the final bell. Then he met DaVarryl Williamson, a fighter known as the “Touch of Sleep” for his vaunted right hand. This was Mollo’s biggest step up in competition to date and while it was a competitive bout, he did not pass the test. In the fourth, Williamson caught Mollo with that right and hurt him and the fight was waved off.
Quitting after a loss was never an option for Mollo. He was represented by Don King at the time and immediately came back to get four big ins over the next year including a second round TKO over Danny McBride who is most famous for ending Mike Tyson’s career. Mollo would also defeat Zack Page and Art Binkowski.
But the following year, 2008, was a rough one for Mollo. He had two back to back losses via decision albeit to solid opposition in Andrew Golota (who Mollo took to a split decision in an exciting fight that could have gone either way) and then Jameel McCline took a decision over him as well.
Mollo was uncertain where his career would go next. He took time off from the sport of boxeo and weighed his options. In 2010, boxeo 360 entered the picture.
With its mission of reclaiming talent and giving them what boxeo 360 CEO Dr. Mario Yagobi calls “that extra punch of love” the promotional company seemed a natural fit for a man of Mollo’s talents. A young 30, Mollo signed with the firm, rededicated himself in the gym with trainer Pete Brodsky and set his sights on regaining the form that had many in the boxeo world turning their heads in his direction just a few short years ago.
The signing and mutual faith paid off as Mollo returned to the ring in March of 2010 and beat Billy Zumbrun
Over eight rounds to take a unanimous decision.
With boxeo 360 behind him and a new outlook on both training and his career, the wide open heavyweight division has yet another player to contend with in “Merciless” Mike Mollo.
- Mike Mollo -vs- Billy Zombrun 3-26-2010
Mike Mollo -vs Gary Gomez 8-6-2010