1989-09-11 Meldrick Taylor w pts 12 Courtney Hooper, Caesar’s Palace, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - IBF
1989-09-11 Meldrick Taylor w pts 12 Courtney Hooper, Caesar’s Palace, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - IBF. Referee: Frank Cappuccino. Scorecards: 117-111, 118-110, 118-110. Having injured his left knee in March, when Taylor (140) was finally deemed to be fit to defend his title against Hooper (139½) following two operations he was certainly given a tough workout by a worthy challenger. Switching back and forth from orthodox to southpaw, Hooper targeted Taylor’s body throughout, having fair success. Although the latter was obviously not happy with the treatment he was getting he still managed to outbox his rival, some of his punches being almost a blur. Towards the end Taylor began to come through with eye-catching combinations, and in the final session he totally dominated the action with a storming finish that saw him land solid rights and flurries of blows from both hands through to the bell.