Evander Holyfield Batters Bert Cooper To Retain Heavyweight Titles – November 23, 1991 (This Day In Boxing History)

After successfully defending against James Douglas and George Foreman, Evander Holyfield’s next opponent was Bert Cooper.

Despite Cooper not being a big name – he also wasn’t ranked by the WBC nor WBA – the two still put on a show. The WBA and IBF heavyweight champion scored a technical knockout near the end of Round 7 after referee Mills Lane stopped the fight.

In the first round, Holyfield dropped Cooper with a left hook to the body. In the third, Cooper got some revenge as he sent Holyfield to the ropes, and the referee called it a knockdown.

But by the fifth round, Cooper had a cut over his right eye and was bleeding from his mouth. It worsened, especially in the seventh after Holyfield did not hesitate to throw 24 unanswered punches – prompting Lane to stop the fight.

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