1992-05-15 Michael Moorer w rsc 5 Bert Cooper, Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBO
1992-05-15 Michael Moorer w rsc 5 Bert Cooper, Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBO. Referee: Joe O’Neil. Contesting the vacant title, boxing went out of the window as both men brawled their way through the fight as if it was their last. The action had barely got underway when Cooper (224½) had Moorer (217) in difficulty on the ropes before dropping him with lefts and rights and on getting up and being battered on the ropes the latter found a southpaw right hook that put Cooper over. Up at about ‘six’, Cooper lasted out the round and immediately went on the rampage in the second. It was blow for blow in the third and Moorer was down again from six unanswered heavy shots. Forced to take the mandatory ‘eight’, Moorer came right back with solid blows of his own and in the fifth began to outfight the courageous Cooper, now cut over the left eye. Following another fierce bout of fighting, the referee rescued a groggy Cooper on the 2.21 mark when he had just about made it to his feet at ‘nine’ after a left hook-right uppercut had downed him. Moorer relinquished the WBO version of the title in February 1993 in order to make himself available to challenge either Riddick Bowe or Lennox Lewis.