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Moorer Agrees to Plea Bargain in Bar Fight

July 15, 1996

MONESSEN, Pa. (AP) _ IBF heavyweight champion Michael Moorer agreed Monday to plead guilty to a disorderly conduct charge and pay a $1,000 fine for his role in a fight outside a bar on June 30.

Other charges, including threatening a police officer, will be dropped when the agreement is formally approved Aug. 19.

Moorer, 28, who also will be placed on probation for a year, acknowledged after the hearing that he had been drinking the three times he has been arrested in southwestern Pennsylvania during the last seven years.

``I do not have a drinking problem. If it was a problem, I’d be in detox, I guess,″ Moorer said. ``Everyone drinks. Drinking is not illegal. I’m over 21. I don’t do drugs.″

He punched a Monessen patrolman in the jaw in 1991 during a pickup basketball game and punched another man during a street fight in 1989. That man has since sued Moorer in a case that will go to trial Sept. 16.

In the latest incident, police said Moorer became belligerent and began throwing glasses and breaking whiskey bottles at an Elks Club. Moorer has agreed to pay for the damage.

Moorer briefly held the IBF and WBA titles after defeating Evander Holyfield in April 1994, but lost the WBA championship in November of that year to George Foreman.

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