Michael Moorer vs. Evander Holyfield (2nd meeting)
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1997-11-08 : Michael Moorer 223 lbs lost to Evander Holyfield 214 lbs by RTD at 3:00 in round 8 of 12
- Location: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Referee: Mitch Halpern
- Judge: Jerry Roth 69-78
- Judge: Glen Hamada 70-78
- Judge: Stanley Christodoulou 69-78
- World Boxing Association Heavyweight Title (2nd defense by Holyfield)
- International Boxing Federation Heavyweight Title (3rd defense by Moorer)
- Michael Moorer 39-1 (31 KOs) vs. Evander Holyfield (34-3) 24 KOs
- Fight was the first and only bout for Moorer under trainer Freddie Roach.
- Holyfield entered as a 3.5/1 betting favorite.
- Moorer knocked down once in 5th and twice in 7th and 8th.
Bout SummaryEvander, the fan favorite of those in attendance, came out the aggressor in the opening round working behind the jab. A counter right hand by Moorer temporarily wobbled Holyfield in the final seconds of the round. He quickly regained himself and fired back before the round ended. Holyfield came out throwing early in the 2nd, but Moorer was able to find success counter-punching against his opponents aggression. Holyfield was warned in the round for a low blow. Evander had a strong first half of Round 3 landing power shots against a defensive Moorer. Flip Homansky after viewing Moorer in his corner. A disappointed Moorer was shown in his corner, perhaps against his best interest, wanting to continue.
- "Michael Moorer impressed me tonight." - Bobby Czyz announcing for television
- "I wasn't in trouble. The thing is, Mike's got a good jab. I either can try to match his jab and lose my game plan. I realized that if I could just not get hit with the jab as many times as I got in the first fight then I was a lot better... I was able to hit him with clean right hands, but the thing is I couldn't followup with clean combinations and he was able to get away from the second punch." - Evander Holyfield in the post-fight interview discussing action prior to the 5th Round knockdown
- "Deep down inside when people come to win, in their mind they've already said (that) if anything happens I'm getting back up. He was able to get back up each and every time and that just shows the courage and the heart that he has. He came to win and when you have a guy that came to win, it's always going to be a good fight. There's no quitting." - Holyfield on Moorer