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...ET TOUJOURS LE CHAMPION!
Martin Kane
December 22, 1958
After four trips to the canvas a venerable but gallant Archie Moore saved his championship by knocking out French Canada's hero, Yvon Durelle, and so set a new KO record
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December 22, 1958

...et Toujours Le Champion!

After four trips to the canvas a venerable but gallant Archie Moore saved his championship by knocking out French Canada's hero, Yvon Durelle, and so set a new KO record

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The rest of the fight was astonishing in that the aging Archie seemed to grow stronger, while Durelle, who is only 29, weakened rapidly. A left jab bloodied his big nose, and hard right chops bruised his head.

Durelle landed one more good punch. It was a hard right in the seventh round and when the champion did not go down Durelle seemed to know that his dream was over. Moore then knocked Durelle down for the first time, using a right-left-right combination. Durelle was up at two and lasted out the round.

By the 10th, after two rounds in which he systematically stabbed Durelle with his left and battered him with his right, the rejuvenated Moore was all but prancing like a happy and vicious young goat. Eight seconds before the bell he dropped Durelle with a blood-spattering left hook.

Almost at the clang that opened the 11th, Moore landed a succession of right-hand punches and then, with a left hook, knocked Durelle down again. The fisherman was up at nine but fell almost immediately from a superb left-right combination to the jaw. This time he rolled over on his back and stayed there.

So the fight ended with Archie Moore still champion and, by any man's concession, one of the most amazing champions in ring history. Older than 43-year-old Champion Bob Fitzsimmons in some reckonings, perhaps even older than the 46-year-old Jack Broughton of the 18th century, Archie had set a new record for knockouts. With that llth-round punch he passed Young Stribling's mark of 126 KOs.

After the fight this fabulous man of boxing was his debonair self again, not even breathing hard while he twiddled his goatee and twitted Joe Louis on his age. Louis is 44.

Then, bowing from the waist, Archie extended his fateful right hand to Durelle, who had been weeping bitterly, and wished him a Merry Christmas.

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