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Had More Power Than Tyson... One Punch Knockouts and the True Story of Tommy Morrison

Had More Power Than Tyson... One Punch Knockouts and the True Story of Tommy Morrison
oh and the couch Tommy Morrison will forever remain one of the most tragic figures throughout pugilistic hi

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in the 90s the blonde giant with a chiseled silhouette was the embodiment of a knockout machine mind-blowing speed right hand devastating flurries and a million dollar

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have propelled him to the Pinnacle of the sport but the prominent heavyweights career was cut short in the prime of his potential suddenly and irrevocably today we remember the Legendary Power and dramatic path of boxing's Great White Hope born on January 2nd 1969 Thomas David Morrison grew up in the American South half Irish and half Native American the future Champion was a protege of nature itself athletic Talent determined his success in football and basketball still the real gift was revealed in the boxing gym where the 10 year old boy was brought to by his father according to family tradition I've always been pretty exceptional at sports but boxing is something I feel like I just a step ahead the 15 year old teenager was so impressive in appearance that he fought adults using a fake ID forged by his mother by 1988 fresh out of high school Tommy's record exceeded 200 amateur matches after graduation the 19 year old Prodigy won several Regional tournaments however following a loss on the national Olympic trials to Ray Mercer who would later take the golden Soul Morrison decided to break the shackles of unpaid boxing being an alleged distant relative of the movie star John Wayne he took the ancestors moniker the Duke and in November 1988 went on a journey to conquer the professional ring the six foot two inch tall kid with a frame north of 200 pounds was menacing enough but what stuck out the most was his patented left hook none of the initial five opponents could survive the first three minutes until the sixth performance dated February 1989 that the Duke encountered a semblance of competition in the beginning of the fight against treori Ali Tommy ate a few straights from long range I'm sure he's got that Square's shoulder in response he turned to the trademark hook Thundurus naked right hands aggravated the situation because you just walked right into a good writing

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worry wasn't going anywhere and bravely withstood the onslaught for three rounds nevertheless at the nine minute Mark he lingered in the line of fire for too long there it is come on

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that's it a delayed reaction in the fourth frame another clinch decided the outcome of the meeting we're finishing yep good right up that evening the right uppercut became the weapon of choice and knocked down the vis-a-vis twice for TKO okay all right the canonical puncher style always aiming to send the Rival to the hospital did not disappoint in further collisions Morrison invariably broke into Close Quarters and unloaded thumping Hooks and uppercuts come summer he had stacked up a pile of 11 unconscious bodies Morrison Delights his hometown Kansas City fans with a two round signing with Bill Caton a famous manager responsible for Mike Tyson's rise helped the Duke's Ascension towards the elite with a team full of Professionals in the corner the surging Prospect went on a title Conquest justifying the flattering comparisons with Iron Mike Martin liked it because of the left hook in August of 89 Morrison viciously punished the Torso for three minutes hoping to crush Mike Robinson in spectacular fashion and gets maximum

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into that punishing Body Shots by Morrison Robinson the first knockdown materialized in the dying seconds of the round foreign Robinson goes down and before unable to score a body shot KO in the opening stretch Tommy completed the job in the second big left hand and Robinson's in trouble again huge body shots Steve smoker why the next bout two weeks later followed the same time schedule right hand followed up on the left by Morrison and Shelby in September Rick Ennis with 15 Knockouts and 18 victories vowed to stay away from the bludgeoning Hooks and yet that was too hard of a task Dave Jacko and owner of 21 wins and 18 finishes tried to keep the distance in the kickoff Tommy threw a couple of light Jabs and made the opponent taste his mighty punch I have to face a right-hander MJ goes down and probably out a leaping left hook became a perfect storm turning Jaco's grid off with one touch the Duke's name started coming up in the title conversation in the first round Tommy The Duke Morrison comes to boxing naturally he's related to John Wayne whose real name was Marion Morrison grooming Tommy for a shot at heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and it could be the Grudge Match of the century confirming expectations Morrison made short work of the experienced Harry Terrell forcing the referee to initiate the count in the second minute with a clubbing left Tommy stamped an exclamation mark with a long overhand but he stopped the fight another first round knockout Terrell courageously endured the knockdown but soon was left dangling on the ropes like a puppet with cut strings Pro the 20 year old had 18 Victorious performances 16 of which ended in stunning annihilations The Duke was proclaimed the Great White Hope of boxing simultaneously Tommy's Charming Charisma and debilitating

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than just athletic Acclaim 27 pounds a series of killer finishes attracted unexpected attention outside the ropes most impressed with Morrison's abilities was Sylvester Stallone who invited him to play Tommy Gunn in the upcoming Rocky 5. during pre-production the Duke fought two times to promote the movie now Morrison another one for one of the contests he walked out wearing famous shorts from the franchise and Stallone himself was in the corner it was not difficult for Tommy to reproduce his signature Style on the big screen an abundance of left Hooks and shattering right hands for the viewers liking the heavy hitter and baby mama magnet woke up as a star in an ocean full of gorgeous women can you put an estimate on the number of women I'd easily say one a day you know that's that he never knew but I'm hungry like you were all I'm asking for is a chance and just one shot after being on the set and resting for half a year combined the freshly minted Tommy Gun returned in June of 1990. nonetheless having broken his hand in a tune-up bout Morrison spent four months on the bench in the second comeback the previous injury did not prevent him from adding another disintegration to the portfolio he does have a devastating well that's it a month later versus Mike AC the Duke scored An Elegant knockdown with a right cross the perfect left hook close the show that should be it that was a left hand in 1991 Tommy Gunn continued to gain momentum the crazy fighting schedule paid off and in a span of six months he collected four vicious stoppages victims were high-ish caliber heavyweights former WBC champion pinkland Thomas survived a full round of shelling but a cut saved him from coming out for the second the first man to go the distance with Tyson James Tillis could not withstand Morrison's pressure either falling with every Touch by the left hand still trying to really to get himself back good combination Again by Morrison a left to the left behind it nothing having been knocked down twice Tillis met his own demise on the ropes wondering if well there it is that's it thus in two and a half years the Duke removed 28 antagonists out of the way and only four of them did not need a head scan when things were settled Tommy surpassed many world champions in popularity and became a contender for the bells a lot of people are pretty sad if I was saying hey you know I fought for the Headway Camp because the world we don't want to fight for we want to fight for it and Win It in October of 1991 the 22 year old Morrison went up against The Undefeated wpo Champion Ray Mercer three years have passed since their amateur match during this period Mercer managed to win gold at the Olympics after turning pro he claimed the world boxing organization title and finished 12 of 17 adversaries by knockout at the onset of the third lap Tommy almost got the job done I mean he was trying to really take me out we hit me hard I've ever been hitting bunches but ran out of steam at the end and started eating shots the fifth round was marked by one of the most brutal moments in boxing hi

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and he unloads on him and Tommy Morrison's arms get tangled in the Rope so he can't go down like look at this see he's Tangled in the room oh bro I mean it was one of the worst Kos I ever remember seeing look at that following a short Hiatus Morrison entered the ring in February of 1992. four consecutive victories got him back on the title track all by way of knockout foreign yet as soon as he declared his high aspirations Karma struck back at Tommy Gun in June Joe hip gave him all sorts of trouble the ever tough Native American had a granite chin rising from the dead after a monstrous right hand side having broken his jaw and hand in the fight Morrison dug deep and wrapped things up in the night due to injuries the pursuit of the throne had to be put on hold returning the form the Duke added three

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stoppages to the resume and the streak reached eight in a row and there's the left hook and down goes down by June of 1993 Tommy had finally deserved a shot at the WBO crown the former Undisputed world champion George Foreman agreed to a scrap for the vacant gold big George needed no introduction for his epic wars with Joe Frazier back in the 70s we're taking it from George Foreman Hallman not Foreman again only the great Muhammad Ali found a way to stop him foreign even two decades later Foreman was still regarded as one of the deadliest punchers ever despite the public expecting Reckless fireworks Morrison had the best tactical performance of his career the most masterful piece of boxing in Tommy's career Tommy Gunn confidently outstruck the Rival and took the victory by decision with this giant achievement Morrison joined the elite club of heavyweight Kings but subsequent events displayed the unpredictable nature of fisticuffs the first defense was scheduled for August 1993.
had more power than tyson one punch knockouts and the true story of tommy morrison
Rocky 5 co-star Mike Williams was supposed to be in the opposite corner the contest fell through at the last moment when Williams allegedly refused to take a ped test and did not leave the locker room the night was saved by a pie loving local journeyman Tim tomashek according to popular belief on his birthday Doughboy came to watch The Beloved champ and drink a few pints jumping into the ring for a couple of thousand dollars Tim enjoyed every second I'm not even being facetious he's trying to keep his left hand real high because he knows that hook getting his his uh his his moment here isn't he and meanwhile Tommy Morrison starting to Wagon the Duke did not appreciate tamashek's Antics and got him out of there by the fourth round it's part of the reason why he's being hit a lot harder left hand down Tim took the outcome very well turning it into a minute of Fame hello everybody from Green Bay I love you Mom and Dad and everybody here on Tommy's side of things a money fight with Lennox Lewis for the prestigious WBC strap was looming the last stop would be the decorated former amateur Michael bent with a 10-1 pro record here we go at the outset Morrison pressed Michael against the ropes and fired a left hook survived and responded with the best combination he ever threw Tommy rose up and got sent to the floor seconds later the third fall turned out to be the last just throwing nothing but Haymakers right now and Morrison in deep trouble under a reign of punches from bent the Duke was dropped three times in just a minute and a half and lost due to the three knockdown rule the belt wasn't the only thing to go though eight million dollars and a title shot against Lewis also vanished Into the Blue foreign the fat paycheck Pursuit ended in vain on the other hand with youth still on his side Morrison was able to come back with a streak of three victories in 1994. this is the turning point in the Duke's career was about in July versus Ross Purity who would hand Vladimir Klitschko his first defeat in the future Tommy kicked things off well but the gas tank failed him and Morrison took a knee in the sixth round he barely escaped a finish after collapsing in the tents the Duke somehow survived to see the final Bell and the meeting ended in a controversial draw this was a very close fight that is not a bad decision the irreparable damage was done the Great White Hope went on a spree for half a year and got addicted to substances in that time Tommy's a celebrity he's a star but he's also a young kid who has no clue how to handle that and he starts around himself with an Entourage and they call it up at midnight one o'clock and say Hey you better come and get your boy he's laid past down on the floor you might want to come again before the media gets here so we run down and pick him up and throw them in the back of a pickup truck and carry him home having recovered seven months later he continued to stack up back-to-back Knockouts over questionable opposition I think the end is Justified before that very close in June of 1995 Tommy was offered a clash with Donovan ruddock for the vacant and meaningless IBC belt until recently the Canadian was considered a top-notch heavyweight with a razor-sharp shot that rarely left fights at the judge's mercy and a left uppercut goes down he did not disappoint even on late notice bringing the Rival on all fours in the opening minute on it oh it goes for instance regardless the Duke leveled the odds with a standing knockdown courtesy of an uppercut but he still paid for it toward the end of the fourth round ruddock got in trouble but managed to escape the scuffle theatrically finally in the sixth the Canadian landed a good one and rushed to pursue Morrison let's go Tommy Gun smelled blood and ended the Duel By TKO 10 more seconds having survived the fall at the outset of the scrap the Duke responded with a series of concussive offerings as usual the iconic left hook became the key to Victory with four Knockouts in a row Morrison got a dream match with Lennox Lewis with 23 Knockouts and 27 wins Linux was considered to be one of the most technical boxers at heavyweight a year earlier he had lost his WBC title and was now challenging for the Americans Crown how how to ease his way from the very beginning Lewis commanded the distance and discouraged the adversary from entering using a Power Jam slow it down because this is the best Punch The Duke was wasting energy and trying to bite back but in the second round the contest turned into a beating in the fifth Tommy was rocked by a right uppercut by Lennox Lewis's arms and there's a Monumental uppercut he fought pretty much blind afterwards due to swollen hematomas and got sent to the canvas again being a factor so far rising from the knockdown Morrison tried to recover in the clinch and was chinned with a precise left hook close to a stoppage a terrific performance throughout the confrontation Lennox was shooting a kill and maintained an undeniable lead the champion proved to be a warrior and only gave up the belt when the referee made the decision for him Championship continues losing to a great fighter like Lewis was not the end of the world for the American however the terrible news that broke out in February of 1996 cut the 27 year old Morrison's career short there was a certain point in time in my life that I lived a very permissive fast Reckless lifestyle have more extensive tests run I was informed just a little while ago that those tests are in fact confirmed that I have tested positive for the HIV virus as an individual that had the opportunity to be a role model and blew it as crazy as it may sound in November of 1996 Tommy went to Japan far away from any athletic commission and performed over there Marcus Rhode who agreed to be the Duke's farewell opponent did not last even two minutes with what Tommy Morrison is going through this fight is over from then on the Golden Boy spiraled down the drain booze drugs and prison became the new reality for the guy who had recently been compared to Frasier and Tyson he disappeared for 10 long years only at the turn of the century the unrecognizable former Champion has had enough and changed his destructive lifestyle in 2007 a shocking statement came out that Morrison might have been misdiagnosed the latest test results came clear it is difficult to say whether it was the outcome of intensive treatment which made it temporarily impossible to detect the virus or there was shady business going on the latter is definitely not something you'd want to believe in primarily because Morrison now believes he never had HIV the more research I did the more I found out that what I've been told was a bunch of bull be that as it may the 38 year old Tommy Dove deep into the conspiracy Rabbit Hole by the moment people raised concern Morrison had already obtained a boxing license and resumed his career when he returned fans were baffled by the ugly breast implants and lousy physique Tommy had two professional appearances against rookies both ended by way of a finish he even managed to fight in the increasingly popular MMA performing a couple times at Indian reservations in the late 2000s his health deteriorated and Duke finally hung up the gloves during the last years Morrison was unable to visit the gym the only place where he felt at peace despite that he maintained good relationships with his sons who followed in their Father's Footsteps and became boxers the brothers are strikingly similar to their dad and both inherited devastating power disease complications became apparent in 2013 and by the summer Tommy could no longer move on his own he passed away the first day of autumn at the age of 44. foreign in the mid 90s the whole world was at Morrison's feet the young heavyweights Ambitions were complemented by a thunderous left hook his record has been immortalized with 42 Knockouts out of 48 victories and he only lost on three occasions exclusively to worthy boxers unable to handle stardom the two-time world champion burned through life like a rock star who lost the Olympic trials a big right hand and although the exemplary citizen image turned into ashes Tommy Gun left a glorious mark inside the ring yep and a good combination Again by Morrison the left of the right behind it leopard his tragedy could serve as a warning to Future Generations before he gets a chance to grab a good combination and Mills Lane says don't do that again and there's the left hook and down the hook he's all right
had more power than tyson one punch knockouts and the true story of tommy morrison

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