Dec. 10, 1958 - One week short of his sixth anniversary as light-heavyweight champ, it appeared Archie Moore would not even last the first round against Yvon Durelle, a 29-year-old fisherman from the Canadian Maritimes, in Montreal's Forum. Though a 3-1 favorite, Moore was knocked to the canvas three times (one knockdown was later determined to be a slip).
While lying on his back the third time and taking a nine-count, the 40-something Moore told himself, "This is no place to be resting. I'd better get up and get with it."
He did that, and so did Durelle. Both men fought furiously. In the fifth round, Durelle floored Moore again, this time with a wild left hook that was just as surprising to the 8,484 fans as it was to Moore.
Seated in his corner after the round, Moore waved to his wife, who was sitting behind Durelle. The challenger, though, thought Moore was taunting him. Whatever the case, Moore had succeeded at getting into Durelle's head.
Moore went on the attack and never let up. He started scoring with his left, knocking Durelle to the canvas in the seventh and 10th rounds. Boxing's elder statesman seemed to be gaining energy as the young challenger was losing it. Moore floored the exhausted Durelle early in the 11th and moments after he rose at the count of nine, Moore scored with one last punch. Durelle was down and out at the 49-second mark.
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