Michael Moorer

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Michael Moorer
Statistics
Real name Michael Lee Moorer
Nickname(s) "Double M"
Rated at Heavyweight
Light-heavyweight
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Reach 78 in (198 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1967-11-12) November 12, 1967 (age 46)
Brooklyn, New York
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 57
Wins 52
Wins by KO 40
Losses 4
Draws 1

Michael Lee Moorer (born November 12, 1967) is a retired American boxer who is one of only four men (the others being Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis) to win one or more versions of the world heavyweight championship on three separate occasions, as well as being a former world light-heavyweight champion; he is one of only four men (the others being Bob Fitzsimmons, Michael Spinks and Roy Jones, Jr.) to win world titles at both light-heavyweight and heavyweight.

Biography[edit]

Moorer is a native of Monessen, Pennsylvania, which is in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Professional career[edit]

Light-heavyweight[edit]

Moorer had a fast rise through the professional boxing ranks. He debuted on March 4, 1988, knocking out Adrian Riggs in the first round. He spent the year taking on a rather ambitious fight schedule, in terms of quantity if nothing else. Before the year's end, he was undefeated in eleven bouts (winning all by way of early round knockouts) and fighting for the world title for the first time. He acquired the newly created WBO light-heavyweight title with a five round knockout of Ramzi Hassan.

In 1989, he retained the title six times, beating Freddie Delgado, Frankie Swindell, Mike Sedillo and former WBA champion Leslie Stewart, among others.

In 1990, he retained the title three times before the end of the year, beating Mario Melo and former Michael Spinks challenger Jim McDonald, among others.

Heavyweight[edit]

1991 saw Moorer move up to the heavyweight division. He rolled through the competition en route to securing an opportunity to fight for the vacant WBO heavyweight championship the following year against Bert Cooper. Moorer stopped Cooper in the fifth round after both fighters were down and hurt during the bout.

He did not defend the lesser regarded WBO heavyweight belt. Moorer and trainer Emanuel Steward parted ways after the Cooper fight. Moorer eventually joined Lou Duva's team, and was trained by Georgie Benton for three fights in 1993, including a 10-round decision win over former champion James "Bonecrusher" Smith.

Moorer then parted ways with the Duvas and Benton, and hired New York-based trainer Teddy Atlas in late 1993. Moorer closed the year with a 10-round decision over Mike Evans.

Heavyweight champion[edit]

On April 22, 1994, Moorer challenged Evander Holyfield for the Lineal, IBF, and WBA title belts. In round 2 Holyfield sent Moorer down on the canvas, but Moorer overcame and went on to win a majority decision. As a result he became the first-ever southpaw heavyweight champion.

In his first defense of those belts, on November 5, 1994, Moorer faced 45-year old George Foreman, who lost his last fight for the vacant WBO heavyweight title to Tommy Morrison. For nine rounds, Moorer easily outboxed him, hitting and moving away, while Foreman moving forward, seemingly unable to "pull the trigger" on his punches. Moorer was ahead on all three judges' scorecards entering the 10th round, when Foreman hit him with a number of long-range jabs. Then, suddenly, a short right hand caught Moorer on the tip of his chin, gashing open his bottom lip, and he collapsed to the canvas. Moorer was knocked out and lost the world championship. He also lost his undefeated record. Foreman, at age 45, became the oldest fighter ever to win the world heavyweight title.

The following year, Moorer re-grouped by winning against fringe contender Melvin Foster. Meanwhile, Foreman retained the title with a close and controversial decision against German fighter Axel Schulz.

Because of the controversial nature of the Foreman-Schultz bout, the IBF ordered Foreman to travel to Germany for a rematch, but Foreman refused, choosing to leave the IBF belt vacant instead. South African Francois Botha travelled to Germany instead and beat Schultz with another close decision to claim the title, but he was stripped of it when he tested positive for illegal substances shortly after.

IBF champion[edit]

Moorer was then given the opportunity to fight Schultz for the vacant crown in Berlin. On June 22, 1996, Moorer won the IBF heavyweight crown once again, beating Schultz by a 12 round split decision.

He thus technically became a three-time heavyweight champion; WBO (1992), WBA/IBF (1994) and IBF (1996–1997). It should be noted that when Moorer held the WBO heavyweight title, it wasn't considered an authentic heavyweight title. Ironically, Moorer has always been recognized as a former light-heavyweight champion despite only ever holding the WBO title at that weight.

Moorer's first defense came against Botha on November 9, 1996. In a brutal one-sided bout, Moorer, leading on the cards going into the 12th, ended with a flourish, knocking Botha out with 18 seconds left in the bout.

In March 1997, Moorer retained his belt with a 12 round decision over previously undefeated Vaughn Bean before parting ways with trainer Teddy Atlas, with whom he'd been experiencing increasing tension since the beginning of their professional relationship. He replaced him with Freddie Roach.

Holyfield vs Moorer II[edit]

On November 8, Moorer lost his IBF title in a unification match with WBA champion Evander Holyfield. Moorer was knocked down five times before ringside doctor Flip Homansky advised referee Mitch Halpern to stop the bout in round eight.

Comeback[edit]

After this, he retired from boxing for three years before returning with a knockout of journeyman Lorenzo Boyd. He won three more fights, then seemingly retired again when he was knocked out only 30 seconds into round one by David Tua on August 17, 2002. However, he returned to the ring once again on March 29, 2003, beating Otis Tisdale on points over 10 rounds. On August 23, 2003, he beat Brazil's Rodolfo Lobo by knockout in only 64 seconds.

After a layoff of almost one year, he returned on July 3, 2004, losing a ten-round unanimous decision to Eliseo Castillo in Miami, Florida. In December of that year, Moorer rallied from a severe deficit on the scorecards to hand former cruiserweight champion Vassiliy Jirov his first knockout loss. He continued fighting, winning all of his bouts against limited opposition. His last fight was a KO win over Shelby Gross in 2008. Following the fight Moorer retired from professional boxing.

Amateur Achievements[edit]

  • 1986 United States Amateur Light Middleweight (156 pound) champion.

Professional boxing record[edit]

52 Wins (40 KOs), 4 Losses, 1 Draw [1]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 52-4-1 United States Shelby Gross KO 1 (10) 08/02/2008 United Arab Emirates Shaikh Rashid Hall, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Win 51-4-1 United States Roderick Willis SD 10 31/10/2007 Puerto Rico Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 50-4-1 United States Rich Boruff TKO 1 (8) 16/08/2007 Panama Centro de Convenciones Figali, Panama City, Panama
Win 49-4-1 United States Sedreck Fields UD 10 16/03/2007 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 48-4-1 United States Cliff Couser KO 1 (10) 09/12/2006 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 47-4-1 Kazakhstan Vassiliy Jirov TKO 9 (12) 09/12/2004 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, United States Won vacant WBC Continental Americas & NABA heavyweight titles.
Loss 46-4-1 Cuba Eliseo Castillo UD 10 03/07/2004 United States American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, United States
Win 46-3-1 Brazil Jose Arimatea Da Silva TKO 7 (10) 17/01/2004 United States Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida, United States
Win 45-3-1 Brazil Rogerio Lobo KO 1 (10) 23/08/2003 United States Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida, United States
Win 44-3-1 United States Otis Tisdale UD 10 29/03/2003 United States Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida, United States
Loss 43-3-1 New Zealand David Tua KO 1 (10) 17/08/2002 United States Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 43-2-1 United States Robert Davis UD 10 16/02/2002 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 42-2-1 United States Terry Porter UD 10 09/12/2001 United States Great Plains Coliseum, Lawton, Oklahoma, United States
Draw 41-2-1 United States Dale Crowe TD 5 (10) 27/07/2001 United States Soaring Eagle Casino, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States
Win 41–2 United States Terrence Lewis TKO 2 (10) 12/01/2001 United States Lucky Star Casino, Concho, Oklahoma, United States
Win 40–2 United States Lorenzo Boyd TKO 4 (9) 17/11/2000 United States Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, Iowa, United States
Loss 39–2 United States Evander Holyfield RTD 8 (12) 08/11/1997 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost IBF heavyweight title.
For WBA heavyweight title.
Win 39–1 United States Vaughn Bean MD 12 29/03/1997 United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained IBF heavyweight title.
Win 38–1 South Africa Francois Botha TKO 12 (12) 09/11/1996 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained IBF heavyweight title.
Win 37–1 Germany Axel Schulz SD 12 22/06/1996 Germany Westfalen Stadion, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Won vacant IBF heavyweight title.
Win 36–1 United States Melvin Foster UD 10 13/05/1995 United States Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, United States
Loss 35–1 United States George Foreman KO 10 (12) 05/11/1994 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost Lineal/WBA/IBF heavyweight titles.
Win 35–0 United States Evander Holyfield MD 12 24/04/1994 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won Lineal/WBA/IBF heavyweight titles.
Win 34–0 United States Mike Evans UD 10 04/12/1993 United States Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, United States
Win 33–0 United States James Pritchard TKO 3 (10) 22/06/1993 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 32–0 United States Frankie Swindell TKO 3 (10) 27/04/1993 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 31–0 United States James Smith UD 10 27/02/1993 United States Showboat Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 30–0 United States Billy Wright TKO 2 (10) 13/11/1992 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 29–0 United States Bert Cooper TKO 5 (12) 15/05/1992 United States Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won vacant WBO heavyweight title.
Win 28–0 United States Everett Martin UD 10 17/03/1992 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 27–0 United States Mike White UD 10 01/02/1992 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 26–0 United States Bobby Crabtree TKO 1 (10) 23/11/1991 United States The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 25–0 United States Alex Stewart TKO 4 (10) 27/07/1991 United States The Scope, Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Win 24–0 United States Levi Billups TKO 3 (10) 25/06/1991 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 23–0 United States Terry Davis TKO 2 (10) 19/04/1991 United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Debut at heavyweight.
Win 22–0 Canada Danny Stonewalker TKO 8 (12) 15/12/1990 United States Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.
Win 21–0 United States Jim MacDonald TKO 3 (10) 21/08/1990 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 20–0 Argentina Mario Oscar Melo KO 1 (12) 28/04/1990 United States Taj Mahal Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.
Win 19–0 United States Marcellus Allen RTD 9 (12) 03/02/1990 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.
Win 18–0 Mexico Mike Sedillo TKO 6 (12) 12/12/1989 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.
Win 17–0 United States Jeff Thompson TKO 1 (12) 16/11/1989 United States Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.
Win 16–0 Trinidad and Tobago Leslie Stewart TKO 8 (12) 25/06/1989 United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.
Win 15–0 Puerto Rico Freddie Delgado TKO 1 (12) 22/04/1989 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.
Win 14–0 United States Frankie Swindell TKO 6 (12) 19/02/1989 United States Monessen High Gym, Monessen, Pennsylvania, United States Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.
Win 13–0 Puerto Rico Victor Claudio TKO 2 (12) 14/01/1989 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.
Win 12–0 Jordan Ramzi Hassan TKO 5 (12) 03/12/1988 United States Brook Park, Ohio, United States Won vacant WBO light-heavyweight title.
Inaugural title.
Win 11–0 United States Glenn Kennedy KO 1 (?) 04/11/1988 United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–0 United States Carl Williams TKO 1 (?) 17/10/1988 United States Tucson, Arizona, United States
Win 9–0 Dominican Republic Jorge Suero TKO 2 (?) 07/10/1988 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 8–0 United States Jordan Keepers TKO 2 (?) 12/08/1988 United States Eagles Club, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 7–0 United States Terrence Walker TKO 4 (10) 06/08/1988 United States Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–0 United States LaVelle Stanley TKO 2 (?) 25/06/1988 United States Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win 5–0 United States Keith McMurray TKO 2 (?) 06/06/1988 United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0 United States Dennis Fikes TKO 2 (?) 10/05/1988 United States Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 3–0 United States Brett Zwierzynski KO 1 (6) 29/04/1988 United States Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win 2–0 United States Bill Lee TKO 1 (?) 25/03/1988 United States Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win 1–0 United States Adrian Riggs TKO 1 (4) 04/03/1988 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Professional debut.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
N/A
Inaugural champion
WBO Light Heavyweight Champion
3 Dec 1988–1991
Vacated
Succeeded by
Leeonzer Barber
Preceded by
Ray Mercer
Vacated
WBO Heavyweight Champion
15 May 1992–2 Feb 1993
Vacated
Succeeded by
Tommy Morrison
Preceded by
Evander Holyfield
WBA/IBF/Lineal Heavyweight Champion
22 Apr 1994–5 Nov 1994
Succeeded by
George Foreman
Preceded by
George Foreman
Stripped
IBF Heavyweight Champion
22 Jun 1996–8 Nov 1997
Succeeded by
Evander Holyfield