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Holyfield vs Cooper (1991) | Facts, Stats & Highlights

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Evander Holyfield (C) TKO 7 Bert Cooper

November 23, 1991

The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Referee: Mills Lane

Scoring Thru 6 Rounds:
58-54 - Holyfield
59-54 - Holyfield
59-53 - Holyfield

World Boxing Association Heavyweight Title
International Boxing Federation Heavyweight Title

HBO World Championship Boxing

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Holyfield vs Cooper Facts & Stats

  • Holyfield vs Cooper is regarded as a classic
  • November 23, 1991 was supposed to be Holyfield vs Tyson but Iron Mike withdrew due to a rib injury. Many speculated Team Tyson, including the fighter, was concerned about his rape trial. Mike would be found guilty 8 weeks later.
  • Originally scheduled for a $30 Million payday for fighting Tyson, Holyfield settled for $6 Million against Bert Cooper
  • A short-notice replacement (7-10 days), Cooper earned $750,000 for the fight
  • The bout took place in Atlanta, GA, Holyfield's hometown. The crowd was very pro-Holyfield as a result
  • Holyfield vs Cooper was not sanctioned by the WBC as Bert Cooper was unrated by the organization. He was, however, ranked No. 12 by the IBF.
  • Holyfield scored a knockdown from a body shot in Round 1 and it appeared the route was on.... Until Copper rocked the champion in Round 3, almost scoring the knockout.
  • Evander suffered the first knockdown of his career in Round 3
  • Cooper had a cut above his right eye and was bleeding from the mouth in Round 5.
  • Evander gave a literal "clinic" on uppercuts in this bout 
  • Despite losing, Bert Copper was a hot commodity after this bout due to his surprising performance on short notice.
  • In his next bout, Cooper would face Michael Moorer for the fringe WBO Heavyweight Title in a PPV bout. After being floored early on, Moorer would knockout Bert in another classic slugfest