There was Holyfield getting wobbled by a Moorer right hook in the first round and then, refiguring his strategy on the fly, turning the whole plan around by the third. Holyfield realized that Moorer could out-box him from outside, so he drooped his right arm low, inviting Moorer closer. "I felt if he got close," Holyfield said, "I could hit him. I just couldn't hit from outside."
So he lured Moorer in, drove left hooks to the body, blows that Moorer said he didn't feel at the time, "but which I am feeling now." The way was also open for upper-cuts. A straight right hand floored Moorer—he retreated three steps and then pitched forward—for the first knockdown, in the fifth, but uppercuts dropped him twice in the seventh and twice in the eighth. The final knockdown sent Moorer sprawling on his back and, though he got up quickly and gamely, convinced Dr. Flip Homansky, the attending physician, that enough was enough.
From his safe vantage point at ringside, Lewis convinced himself that he would never be vulnerable to such activity. "He is not ready for me," Lewis said afterward. Maybe Holyfield isn't ready for him. Who knows when or how a bout between the two would end. But Holyfield has dealt with non-believers before, and not always as gently as he does at midweek revival meetings. He won't stop until he converts them all.