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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hollow Victory for Moorer In 'Shocking' Performance

LAS VEGAS -- Michael Moorer looked far from being a top heavyweight in holding on to the International Boxing Federation heavyweight title with a lackadaisical majority decision win over Vaughn Bean.


Many in the sellout crowd of 8,018 at the Las Vegas Hilton booed Moorer's plodding performance against the lightly regarded American challenger.


"Moorer's performance was shocking," said promoter Don King.


"I did what I had to do. I did what I had to win," said Moorer, 39-1. "I have always had critics. Everyone is entitled to their opinion."


Not even the constant and sometimes theatrical between-rounds motivational speeches of trainer Teddy Atlas could ignite Moorer.


Atlas was in Moorer's face after the very first round.


After the eighth round, Atlas tried to stir up some emotion by taking out a cellular phone and telling Moorer that his son, 4-year-old Michael Jr., was crying in the background on the phone and wanted to know why "daddy didn't want to be world champion."


Aging Mexican superstar Julio Cesar Chavez held on for a closely contested unanimous decision win over Tony Martin in a non title junior welterweight bout on the undercard.


Also in Las Vegas, Laurent Boudouani became the first Frenchman to defend a world boxing title in the United States since Marcel Cerdan in 1948 when he retained his World Boxing Association Light Middleweight title, beating American Carl Daniels on points.


World Boxing Council straw-weight champion Ricardo Lopez of Mexico surprisingly was forced to go the distance by unheralded Thai challenger Mongol Charoen to win his 19th consecutive title defense Saturday.