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|Real name||Michael Lee Moorer|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Reach||78 in (198 cm)|
November 12, 1967 |
Brooklyn, New York
|Wins by KO||40|
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. He formed Moorer Sports and Entertainment Management in 1992.
Moorer is a native of Monessen, Pennsylvania, which is in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
- 1986 United States Amateur Light Middleweight (156 pound) champion.
Professional boxing record
|52 Wins (40 KOs), 4 Losses, 1 Draw |
|Win||52-4-1||Shelby Gross||KO||1 (10)||08/02/2008||Shaikh Rashid Hall, Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|Win||51-4-1||Roderick Willis||SD||10||31/10/2007||Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot, San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|Win||50-4-1||Rich Boruff||TKO||1 (8)||16/08/2007||Centro de Convenciones Figali, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||49-4-1||Sedreck Fields||UD||10||16/03/2007||Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Win||48-4-1||Cliff Couser||KO||1 (10)||09/12/2006||Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Win||47-4-1||Vassiliy Jirov||TKO||9 (12)||09/12/2004||Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, United States||Won vacant WBC Continental Americas & NABA heavyweight titles.|
|Loss||46-4-1||Eliseo Castillo||UD||10||03/07/2004||American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, United States|
|Win||46-3-1||Jose Arimatea Da Silva||TKO||7 (10)||17/01/2004||Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida, United States|
|Win||45-3-1||Rogerio Lobo||KO||1 (10)||23/08/2003||Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida, United States|
|Win||44-3-1||Otis Tisdale||UD||10||29/03/2003||Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida, United States|
|Loss||43-3-1||David Tua||KO||1 (10)||17/08/2002||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||43-2-1||Robert Davis||UD||10||16/02/2002||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||42-2-1||Terry Porter||UD||10||09/12/2001||Great Plains Coliseum, Lawton, Oklahoma, United States|
|Draw||41-2-1||Dale Crowe||TD||5 (10)||27/07/2001||Soaring Eagle Casino, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States|
|Win||41–2||Terrence Lewis||TKO||2 (10)||12/01/2001||Lucky Star Casino, Concho, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||40–2||Lorenzo Boyd||TKO||4 (9)||17/11/2000||Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||39–2||Evander Holyfield||RTD||8 (12)||08/11/1997||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lost IBF heavyweight title.
For WBA heavyweight title.
|Win||39–1||Vaughn Bean||MD||12||29/03/1997||Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Retained IBF heavyweight title.|
|Win||38–1||Francois Botha||TKO||12 (12)||09/11/1996||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Retained IBF heavyweight title.|
|Win||37–1||Axel Schulz||SD||12||22/06/1996||Westfalen Stadion, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||Won vacant IBF heavyweight title.|
|Win||36–1||Melvin Foster||UD||10||13/05/1995||Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, United States|
|Loss||35–1||George Foreman||KO||10 (12)||05/11/1994||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lost Lineal/WBA/IBF heavyweight titles.|
|Win||35–0||Evander Holyfield||MD||12||24/04/1994||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won Lineal/WBA/IBF heavyweight titles.|
|Win||34–0||Mike Evans||UD||10||04/12/1993||Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, United States|
|Win||33–0||James Pritchard||TKO||3 (10)||22/06/1993||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||32–0||Frankie Swindell||TKO||3 (10)||27/04/1993||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||31–0||James Smith||UD||10||27/02/1993||Showboat Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||30–0||Billy Wright||TKO||2 (10)||13/11/1992||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||29–0||Bert Cooper||TKO||5 (12)||15/05/1992||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Won vacant WBO heavyweight title.|
|Win||28–0||Everett Martin||UD||10||17/03/1992||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||27–0||Mike White||UD||10||01/02/1992||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||26–0||Bobby Crabtree||TKO||1 (10)||23/11/1991||The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||25–0||Alex Stewart||TKO||4 (10)||27/07/1991||The Scope, Norfolk, Virginia, United States|
|Win||24–0||Levi Billups||TKO||3 (10)||25/06/1991||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||23–0||Terry Davis||TKO||2 (10)||19/04/1991||Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Debut at heavyweight.|
|Win||22–0||Danny Stonewalker||TKO||8 (12)||15/12/1990||Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States||Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||21–0||Jim MacDonald||TKO||3 (10)||21/08/1990||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||20–0||Mario Oscar Melo||KO||1 (12)||28/04/1990||Taj Mahal Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||19–0||Marcellus Allen||RTD||9 (12)||03/02/1990||Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||18–0||Mike Sedillo||TKO||6 (12)||12/12/1989||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States||Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||17–0||Jeff Thompson||TKO||1 (12)||16/11/1989||Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||16–0||Leslie Stewart||TKO||8 (12)||25/06/1989||Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||15–0||Freddie Delgado||TKO||1 (12)||22/04/1989||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States||Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||14–0||Frankie Swindell||TKO||6 (12)||19/02/1989||Monessen High Gym, Monessen, Pennsylvania, United States||Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||13–0||Victor Claudio||TKO||2 (12)||14/01/1989||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States||Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||12–0||Ramzi Hassan||TKO||5 (12)||03/12/1988||Brook Park, Ohio, United States||Won vacant WBO light-heavyweight title.
|Win||11–0||Glenn Kennedy||KO||1 (?)||04/11/1988||Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||10–0||Carl Williams||TKO||1 (?)||17/10/1988||Tucson, Arizona, United States|
|Win||9–0||Jorge Suero||TKO||2 (?)||07/10/1988||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||8–0||Jordan Keepers||TKO||2 (?)||12/08/1988||Eagles Club, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||7–0||Terrence Walker||TKO||4 (10)||06/08/1988||Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6–0||LaVelle Stanley||TKO||2 (?)||25/06/1988||Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Win||5–0||Keith McMurray||TKO||2 (?)||06/06/1988||Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||4–0||Dennis Fikes||TKO||2 (?)||10/05/1988||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||3–0||Brett Zwierzynski||KO||1 (6)||29/04/1988||Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Win||2–0||Bill Lee||TKO||1 (?)||25/03/1988||Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Win||1–0||Adrian Riggs||TKO||1 (4)||04/03/1988||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Professional debut.|
- Professional boxing record for Michael Moorer from BoxRec
- Boxing Scene: Michael Moorer Leads "Night of The Heavyweights"
|Awards and achievements|
|WBO Light Heavyweight Champion
3 Dec 1988–1991
|WBO Heavyweight Champion
15 May 1992–2 Feb 1993
|WBA/IBF/Lineal Heavyweight Champion
22 Apr 1994–5 Nov 1994
|IBF Heavyweight Champion
22 Jun 1996–8 Nov 1997