38 Facts About Michael Moorer


Michael Lee Moorer was born on November 12,1967 and is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1988 to 2008.


Michael Moorer won a world championship on four occasions in two weight classes, having held the WBO light heavyweight title from 1988 to 1991; compiling 22 straight KOs in 22 fights and the WBO heavyweight title from 1992 to 1993; the unified WBA, IBF and lineal heavyweight titles in 1994; and regained the IBF heavyweight title again from 1996 to 1997 becoming a three-time heavyweight world champion.


Michael Moorer was an undefeated southpaw in his first 35 professional bouts.


Michael Moorer captured the WBO light heavyweight title in 1988 which he defended 9 times.


In 1991, Moorer moved up to Heavyweight winning the vacant WBO heavyweight title from Bert Cooper via TKO in 1992.


Michael Moorer went on to defeat Evander Holyfield for the unified WBA, IBF and lineal heavyweight titles in 1994.


Michael Moorer remains the only southpaw to win the lineal world championship at heavyweight and the only light heavyweight world champion to win a heavyweight world title on more than one occasion.


Michael Moorer is only one of four boxers over the last century that has ever won a version of a world title at both light heavyweight and heavyweight along with Roy Jones Jr.


Since retiring from the sport, Michael Moorer has worked as a boxing trainer.


Michael Moorer was born in Brooklyn and raised in the small town of Monessen, Pennsylvania.


From an early age, Michael Moorer began playing football and was raised by a single mother, who noticed Michael Moorer's unusual hyperactivity.


Michael Moorer is naturally right-handed, but fought the entirety of his career as a southpaw.


Michael Moorer graduated from Monessen High School in 1987, where he starred in football as a linebacker and tight end.


In 1986, Michael Moorer was a National Champion for the 156 lb weight class.


At Steward's Kronk Gym, Michael Moorer was known for beating professionals while still an amateur.


Michael Moorer had a fast rise through the professional boxing ranks.


Michael Moorer debuted on March 4,1988, knocking out Adrian Riggs in the first round.


Michael Moorer acquired the newly created WBO light heavyweight title with a five-round knockout of Ramzi Hassan.


Michael Moorer rolled through the competition en route to securing an opportunity to fight for the vacant WBO heavyweight championship the following year against Bert Cooper.


Michael Moorer stopped Cooper in the fifth round after both fighters were down and hurt during the bout.


Michael Moorer did not defend the then-lesser regarded WBO heavyweight belt.


Michael 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.


Michael Moorer then parted ways with the Duvas and Benton, and hired New York-based trainer Teddy Atlas in late 1993.


Michael Moorer closed the year with a ten-round decision over Mike Evans.


For nine rounds, Michael Moorer easily outboxed him, hitting and moving away, while Foreman moving forward, seemingly unable to "pull the trigger" on his punches.


Michael Moorer was ahead on all three judges' scorecards entering the 10th round, when Foreman hit him with a number of long-range jabs.


Michael Moorer was then given the opportunity to fight Schulz for the vacant crown in Berlin.


On June 22,1996, Michael Moorer won the IBF heavyweight crown , beating Schulz by a 12-round split decision.


When Michael Moorer held the WBO heavyweight title, it wasn't considered an authentic heavyweight title.


Ironically, Michael Moorer has always been recognized as a former light heavyweight champion despite only ever holding the WBO title at that weight.


In March 1997, Michael 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.


Michael Moorer was knocked down five times before ringside doctor Flip Homansky advised referee Mitch Halpern to stop the bout in round eight.


Michael Moorer continued fighting, winning all of his bouts against limited opposition.


Michael Moorer's last fight was a KO win over Shelby Gross in 2008.


Michael Moorer was arrested in 1989 for taking part in a brawl in Charleroi, Pennsylvania.


In 1991, just days after his win over Alex Stewart, Michael Moorer was arrested for assaulting a police officer.


Michael Moorer had reportedly been intoxicated at the time of his arrest.


Michael Moorer later was placed on probation and settled the case out of court.