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Michael Moorer vs Evander Holyfield II

Michael Moorer vs Evander Holyfield 2

Date: 8th November 1997

Venue: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

Title: WBA & IBF World Heavyweight Titles

Promoter: Main Events & Don King Productions

Tv: SET PPV & KingVision PPV

Michael Moorer
( 39 - 1 - 0 )
Weight: 223 lbs

Evander Holyfield
( 34 - 3 - 0 )
Weight: 214 lbs

In a highly anticipated rematch, Evander Holyfield successfully defended his WBA and IBF World Heavyweight titles against Michael Moorer at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight culminated in a referee technical decision (RTD) at the end of the eighth round on November 8, 1997. The battle, which promised much due to the fighters' previous encounter, was absorbing, captivating the 13,200 fans present.

Holyfield,  a 3.5 to 1 betting favourite, demonstrated his strategic prowess and determination, leading to Moorer being knocked down five times—once in the fifth round, twice in the seventh, and twice more in the eighth. Despite the knockdowns, Moorer's tenacity was evident as he continually got back up, ready to challenge Holyfield further, showcasing the heart and courage synonymous with his career.

Moorer, weighing 223 pounds, showed his skill and resilience against Holyfield, who weighed 214 pounds. This fight marked Moorer's first and only bout under the guidance of trainer Freddie Roach, hinting at a fresh tactical approach to his well-established power and jab. Holyfield's relentless aggression and precise power shots ultimately overwhelmed Moorer despite the strategic shifts, compelling referee Mitch Halpern to halt the contest upon medical advice after the eighth round.

The judges' scorecards unanimously favoured Holyfield, reflecting his dominance in the fight. Both fighters earned significant purses for their participation, with Holyfield taking home $20 million and Moorer $8 million, underscoring the high stakes and the bout's prominence on the boxing calendar.

Post-fight, Holyfield praised Moorer's jab and resilience, highlighting his adversary's undying spirit and willingness to rise after each knockdown.

 Moorer's performance, despite the loss, was commended by commentators and the boxing community, echoing Holyfield's sentiments about Moorer's courage and determination.

This rematch solidified Holyfield's legacy and demonstrated both fighters' sheer will and resilience, contributing to an unforgettable chapter in heavyweight boxing history.

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