- Michael Moorer
Michael Moorer Statistics Real name Michael Lee Moorer Nickname(s) Double M Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Reach 78 in (198 cm) Nationality American Born November 12, 1967
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 a former light heavyweight and heavyweight World Champion.
Moorer is a native of Monessen, Pennsylvania, which is in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Moorer had a fast but steady 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 commence his campaign at 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. He knocked out Bert Cooper in the fifth round.
He did not defend the 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. Moorer then challenged Evander Holyfield for the Lineal, IBF and WBA title belts. On April 22, 1994, Moorer overcame a second-round knockdown and went on to win a majority decision over Holyfield.
In his first defense of those belts, on November 5, 1994, Moorer was ahead on all three judges' scorecards when he received a right hand to the chin by George Foreman in round 10, getting knocked out and losing the world championship. In addition to the belts, he also lost his undefeated record that night.
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 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 during Moorer's career, the WBO wasn't considered an authentic belt, and he was generally regarded as a two-time heavyweight champ. Since around 2004, the WBO has become recognized by some as a major belt.
Moore'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. On November 8, Moorer visited the canvas five times in his rematch with Evander Holyfield 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 and began to train up and coming fighters.
He served as chief assistant trainer to Freddie Roach, during the training camp for Manny Pacquiao's fight against Ricky Hatton.
In June 2009, Roach fired Moorer from the Wild Card Gym due to the lack of concentration.
Moorer was the first universally-recognized southpaw world heavyweight champion. He scored knockouts in each of his first 26 bouts, placing him in the exclusive list of boxers who have won at least 20 fights in a row by knockout, alongside such other fighters as Foreman, Wilfredo Gómez, Carlos Zarate, John Mugabi, Aaron Pryor and Edwin Valero.
Since his retirement, Moorer has frequently done guest commentating on ESPN's fight cards, and also is a boxing trainer.
On December 5, 2007, he was reportedly working as a body guard for golfer Tiger Woods. But in 2009, he became Freddie Roach's assistant trainer in the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California. He worked with Manny Pacquiao for a week before his fight with Ricky Hatton and has recently worked with British lightweight Amir Khan for his fight against Marco Antonio Barrera.
He is also a former boxer of the year in Harlem.
- 1986 United States Amateur Light Middleweight (156 pound) champion.
Professional boxing record
52 Wins (40 knockouts, 12 decisions), 4 Losses (3 knockouts, 1 decision), 1 Draw  Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes 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 Boruff was knocked down three times. Win 49-4-1 Sedreck Fields UD 10 16/03/2007 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, United States Fields lost a point for holding in both the 5th & 10th rounds. 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, WBA North American & 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 Tua pinned Moorer to the ropes and began pounding away. Moorer was knocked halfway out of the ring between the bottom and second ropes by right hook, and the fight was ended in 30 seconds. 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 Technical Draw when ringside doctor stopped the bout due to Crowe cut caused by accidental headbutt. 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. Holyfield's WBA World Heavyweight title was on the line. Moorer down 5 times during the fight. 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. Shortly after this fight, Foreman was stripped of his WBA title for refusing to face Tony Tucker. Win 35–0 Evander Holyfield MD 12 24/04/1994 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won Lineal, WBA & IBF Heavyweight titles. Moorer down in 2nd round. 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 Fight stopped on cuts. 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. Moorer down in 1st and 3rd; Cooper down in 1st and 5th. Win 28–0 Everett Martin UD 10 17/03/1992 The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States Moorer was knocked down in round 3. 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 Heavyweight debut by Moorer. 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. Inaugural 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 Walker down in 1st round. 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 Pro debut for Moorer.
- Michael Moorer's Website
- Professional boxing record for Michael Moorer from BoxRec
- Boxing Scene: Michael Moorer Leads "Night of The Heavyweights"
Awards and achievements Preceded by
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
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