Michael Moorer

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Michael Moorer
Statistics
Real name Michael Lee Moorer
Nickname(s) Double M
Rated at
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Reach 78 in (198 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1967-11-12) November 12, 1967 (age 49)
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
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 an American former professional boxer who competed from 1988 to 2008. He is a multiple-time, two-weight world champion, having held the WBO light heavyweight title from 1988 to 1991; the WBO heavyweight title from 1992 to 1993; the unified WBA, IBF, and lineal heavyweight titles in 1994; and the IBF heavyweight title again from 1996 to 1997.[1]

Moorer is one of only four men (the others being Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield, and Lennox Lewis) to win a heavyweight world title on three separate occasions, as well as being 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. Since retiring from the sport, Moorer has worked as a boxing trainer. In 2009, he worked alongside Freddie Roach at the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles.[2]

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. 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.

Unified 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.

Second heavyweight title reign[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.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
57 fights 52 wins 4 losses
By knockout 40 3
By decision 12 1
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
57 Win 52–4–1 United States Shelby Gross KO 1 (10), 0:32 Feb 8, 2008 United Arab Emirates Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai, UAE
56 Win 51–4–1 United States Roderick Willis SD 10 Oct 31, 2007 Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico
55 Win 50–4–1 United States Rich Boruff TKO 1 (8), 1:34 Aug 16, 2007 Panama Figali Convention Center, Panama City, Panama
54 Win 49–4–1 United States Sedreck Fields UD 10 Mar 16, 2007 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.
53 Win 48–4–1 United States Cliff Couser KO 1 (10), 1:36 Dec 9, 2006 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.
52 Win 47–4–1 Kazakhstan Vassiliy Jirov TKO 9 (12), 2:08 Dec 9, 2004 United States Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California, U.S. Won vacant WBA–NABA and WBC Continental Americas heavyweight titles
51 Loss 46–4–1 Cuba Eliseo Castillo UD 10 Jul 3, 2004 United States American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, U.S.
50 Win 46–3–1 Brazil Jose Arimatea da Silva TKO 7 (10) Jan 17, 2004 United States Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida, U.S.
49 Win 45–3–1 Brazil Rogério Lobo KO 1 (10), 1:04 Aug 23, 2003 United States Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida, U.S.
48 Win 44–3–1 United States Otis Tisdale UD 10 Mar 29, 2003 United States Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida, U.S.
47 Loss 43–3–1 New Zealand David Tua KO 1 (10), 0:30 Aug 17, 2002 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
46 Win 43–2–1 United States Robert Davis UD 10 Feb 16, 2002 United States Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.
45 Win 42–2–1 United States Terry Porter TKO 4 (10), 1:11 Dec 9, 2001 United States Great Plains Coliseum, Lawton, Oklahoma, U.S.
44 Draw 41–2–1 United States Dale Crowe TD 5 (10), 0:35 Jul 27, 2001 United States Soaring Eagle Casino, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, U.S. TD after Crowe sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
43 Win 41–2 United States Terrence Lewis TKO 2 (10), 2:42 Jan 12, 2001 United States Lucky Star Casino, Concho, Oklahoma, U.S.
42 Win 40–2 United States Lorenzo Boyd TKO 4 (9), 1:22 Nov 17, 2000 United States Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, Iowa, U.S.
41 Loss 39–2 United States Evander Holyfield RTD 8 (12), 3:00 Nov 8, 1997 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost IBF heavyweight title;
For WBA heavyweight title
40 Win 39–1 United States Vaughn Bean MD 12 Mar 29, 1997 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. Retained IBF heavyweight title
39 Win 38–1 South Africa Francois Botha TKO 12 (12), 0:18 Nov 9, 1996 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained IBF heavyweight title
38 Win 37–1 Germany Axel Schulz SD 12 Jun 22, 1996 Germany Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany Won vacant IBF heavyweight title
37 Win 36–1 United States Melvin Foster UD 10 May 13, 1995 United States ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California, U.S.
36 Loss 35–1 United States George Foreman KO 10 (12), 2:03 Nov 5, 1994 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBA, IBF, and lineal heavyweight titles
35 Win 35–0 United States Evander Holyfield MD 12 Apr 24, 1994 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBA, IBF, and lineal heavyweight titles
34 Win 34–0 United States Mike Evans UD 10 Dec 4, 1993 United States Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
33 Win 33–0 United States James Pritchard TKO 3 (10), 2:46 Jun 22, 1993 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
32 Win 32–0 United States Frankie Swindell TKO 3 (10), 1:42 Apr 27, 1993 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
31 Win 31–0 United States James Smith UD 10 Feb 27, 1993 United States Showboat, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
30 Win 30–0 United States Billy Wright TKO 2 (10), 1:26 Nov 13, 1992 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
29 Win 29–0 United States Bert Cooper TKO 5 (12), 2:21 May 15, 1992 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Won vacant WBO heavyweight title
28 Win 28–0 United States Everett Martin UD 10 Mar 17, 1992 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
27 Win 27–0 United States Mike White UD 10 Feb 1, 1992 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
26 Win 26–0 United States Bobby Crabtree RTD 1 (10), 3:00 Nov 23, 1991 United States Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
25 Win 25–0 Jamaica Alex Stewart TKO 4 (10), 1:54 Jul 27, 1991 United States The Scope, Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
24 Win 24–0 United States Levi Billups TKO 3 (10), 2:49 Jun 25, 1991 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
23 Win 23–0 United States Terry Davis TKO 2 (10), 1:52 Apr 19, 1991 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
22 Win 22–0 Canada Danny Stonewalker TKO 8 (12), 0:11 Dec 15, 1990 United States Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. Retained WBO light heavyweight title
21 Win 21–0 United States Jim MacDonald TKO 3 (10), 0:55 Aug 21, 1990 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
20 Win 20–0 Argentina Mario Oscar Melo KO 1 (12), 1:52 Apr 28, 1990 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBO light heavyweight title
19 Win 19–0 United States Marcellus Allen RTD 9 (12), 3:00 Feb 3, 1990 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBO light heavyweight title
18 Win 18–0 Mexico Mike Sedillo TKO 6 (12), 2:07 Dec 12, 1989 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S. Retained WBO light heavyweight title
17 Win 17–0 United States Jeff Thompson KO 1 (12), 1:46 Nov 16, 1989 United States Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBO light heavyweight title
16 Win 16–0 Trinidad and Tobago Leslie Stewart TKO 8 (12), 2:05 Jun 25, 1989 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBO light heavyweight title
15 Win 15–0 Puerto Rico Freddie Delgado TKO 1 (12), 2:39 Apr 22, 1989 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S. Retained WBO light heavyweight title
14 Win 14–0 United States Frankie Swindell TKO 6 (12), 2:50 Feb 19, 1989 United States High School Gym, Monessen, Pennsylvania, U.S. Retained WBO light heavyweight title
13 Win 13–0 Puerto Rico Victor Claudio TKO 2 (12) Jan 14, 1989 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S. Retained WBO light heavyweight title
12 Win 12–0 Jordan Ramzi Hassan TKO 5 (12), 2:37 Dec 3, 1988 United States Brook Park, Ohio, U.S. Won vacant WBO light heavyweight title
11 Win 11–0 United States Glenn Kennedy KO 1, 0:36 Nov 4, 1988 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 United States Carl Williams TKO 1, 1:15 Oct 17, 1988 United States Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Dominican Republic Jorge Suero TKO 2 Oct 7, 1988 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 United States Jordan Keepers TKO 2 Aug 12, 1988 United States The Eagles Club, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United States Terrence Walker RTD 5 (10), 0:01 Aug 6, 1988 United States Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States LaVelle Stanley TKO 2 Jun 25, 1988 United States Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Keith McMurray TKO 2 (4) Jun 6, 1988 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Dennis Fikes TKO 2 May 10, 1988 United States Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Brett Zwierzynski KO 1 (6) Apr 29, 1988 United States Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Bill Lee TKO 1 Mar 25, 1988 United States Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Adrian Riggs TKO 1 (4), 2:26 Mar 4, 1988 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Professional debut

Titles in boxing[edit]

Amateur titles
Previous:
Tim Littles
United States light middleweight champion
1986
Next:
Joe Bir
Regional titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Lance Whitaker
WBANABA heavyweight champion
December 9, 2004 – March 2005
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Taurus Sykes
Vacant
Title last held by
James Toney
WBC Continental Americas heavyweight champion
December 9, 2004 – April 2005
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
DaVarryl Williamson
World titles
New title WBO light heavyweight champion
December 3, 1988 – April 1991
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Leeonzer Barber
Vacant
Title last held by
Ray Mercer
WBO heavyweight champion
May 15, 1992 – February 2, 1993
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Tommy Morrison
Preceded by
Evander Holyfield
WBA heavyweight champion
April 24, 1994November 5, 1994
Succeeded by
George Foreman
IBF heavyweight champion
April 24, 1994 – November 5, 1994
Lineal heavyweight champion
April 24, 1994 – November 5, 1994
Vacant
Title last held by
George Foreman
stripped
IBF heavyweight champion
June 22, 1996 – November 8, 1997
Succeeded by
Evander Holyfield

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michael Moorer". Cyber Boxing Zone. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Roach fires Moorer--report". ABS-CBN News. ABS-CBN Corporation. June 22, 2009. Retrieved October 6, 2016.

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