The heavyweight division for the long time was the last one in which the world title was never captured by the southpaw fighter. And only in 1992 the first southpaw who reached the heavyweight crown, was Michael Moorer
Michael Lee Moorer, or Double M, how he was nicknamed later during his professional carrier, was born November 12, 1967, in Brooklyn, NY. Michael grew up in the small town of Monessen, Pennsylvania. When Michael was 11, his Grandad took him to the boxing gym. Michael, who was the natural orthodox, started to learn the boxing moves and punches at southpaw stance. Very soon young Moorer's boxing abilities showed up as a big talent and as the teenager Michael traveled to Detroit, Michigan, to improve his gift in the famous Kronk Gym, under the guidance of Emanuel Steward. As amateur, Michael had the record of 48-16, he represented the national team for multiple times, but in 1986 won the United States Nationals and had the bronze medal on Goodwill Games in Moscow, at light-middleweight (71 Kilo).
In 1988, Moorer turned to pro. Fighting out at light-heavy, Michael had 26 straight KO wins, but in December, 1988, he became the inaugural WBO light-heavyweight champion of the world, stopping in the 5-th by TKO, Ramzi Hassan from Jordan. This title was defended by Moorer for nine successful times, before he vacated it and moved up to heavyweight. On May, 1992, in Atlantic-City, Moorer became the first ever southpaw fighter, who captured the world title at heavyweight division. In the short, but very dramatic battle for the WBO belt, he beats Bert Cooper. In the first round both fighters got knocked-down, in the third Cooper almost stopped Moorer when had him down once more, but in the fifth Michael kept punching, while Bert was on the ropes, until the referee stopped the contest. After the fight Michael vacated the belt, because by those days WBO wasn't such a prestigious as it is today. In 1994, in Las Vegas, in the very hard fight, Moorer won by points Evander Holyfield and took his WBA and IBF belts. At the November of the same year Michael defends his titles against 46-years-old George Foreman and...sensationally lost! For the 10 rounds Moorer does one-sided beating to Foreman and clearly leads the fight, but then got lightning fast straight right to the chin and got knocked out! Later on, Michael came back and captured the IBF belt once more, defending it for two times. Altogether, Moorer has won four WBA, IBF and WBO championships in two different weight divisions, defending them eleven times. He has wins over such a great fighters as Leslie Stewart of Trinidad, The German Axel Schulz, the South African Francois Botha and Vassili Jirov of Kazakhstan. In the rematch Michael has lost to Holyfield and suffered the big knock-out from David Tua from New Zealand. In 2008, Moorer had his last fight, after which he retired with the record of 52(40 KO)-4(3 KO)-1.
After the retiring, Moorer still involved in the boxing as a coach. He becomes Freddie Roach's assistant in Wild Card Gym, in Hollywood. Today Michael trains and consulting also MMA fighters. On November 12, Michael "Double M" Moorer celebrated his 46-th Birthday!