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Michael Moorer vs Bert Cooper

Michael Moorer vs Bert Cooper

Date: 15th May 1992

Venue: Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey

Title: vacant WBO World Heavyweight Title

Promoter: Dan Duva


Michael Moorer
( 28 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 217 lbs

Bert Cooper
( 27 - 8 - 0 )
Weight: 224ΒΌ lbs

On May 15, 1992, at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey, a boxing match promoted by Main Events between Michael Moorer and Bert Cooper turned into an epic slugfest for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) Heavyweight Title, broadcast on TVKO Pay-Per-View. Moorer, an up-and-coming powerhouse with a record of 28-0, and Cooper, a rugged journeyman trained by the legendary Joe Frazier, delivered a fight remembered as one of the greatest brawls in heavyweight history.

Cooper, coming off a commendable performance against heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, where he notably scored the first knockdown of Holyfield's career, brought his A-game against Moorer. This fight promised to be a clash of titans, with Moorer's killer instinct and Cooper's brawling style guaranteeing fireworks.

Cooper channelled his inner Frazier from the get-go, launching a ferocious attack that saw Moorer hit the canvas 41 seconds into the round. Yet, Moorer, a Detroit Kronk Gym product known for his knockout power, quickly turned the tables, equalising the knockdown count. The fight's intensity was palpable, reminiscent of the legendary Hagler vs. Hearns bout.

The subsequent rounds were a testament to both fighters' resilience and tenacity. Despite suffering another knockdown, Moorer battled back, showcasing his heart and determination. The bout was a close-quarters combat, with Moorer finding his rhythm and exploiting openings in Cooper's defence.

Cooper's aggressive pursuit had fallen by the fifth round, leaving him exhausted and vulnerable. Moorer capitalised on this, landing a decisive combination that culminated in a right uppercut, sending Cooper staggering. Although Cooper managed to rise, it was evident he was no longer fit to continue, leading to a referee stoppage and Moorer's victory by TKO at 2:21 of the fifth round.

Moorer's triumph over Cooper was not just a win but a spectacle of boxing at its most thrilling. Despite Moorer's tendency to disregard strategic advice, his ability to endure and adapt under fire was fully displayed. Ironically, this disregard for strategy would come back to haunt him in his 1994 bout against George Foreman, showcasing the cyclical nature of boxing wisdom and strategy. 

The Moorer vs. Cooper fight remains etched in boxing lore for its sheer unpredictability, drama, and the raw courage exhibited by both warriors.

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