Tommy 'The Duke' Morrison: Dead at 44

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Tommy 'The Duke' Morrison 1969-2013 George Foreman tweeted:

"Tommy Morrison; a real puncher.
Go home now and rest. You beat me; but we had real love. See ya"

It was reported today, former heavyweight champion Tommy "The Duke" Morrison passed away at 11:50 PM on September 1st.

The cause of death was respiratory and metabolic acidosis and multiple organ failure. Born January 2, 1969 in Gravette, Arkansas, he was 44 when he died.

In Morrison's remarkable career, he astonished fight fans when he fought 19 professional heavyweight fights in 1989 going 19-0 with 15 KO's.

Some of the highlights of his career were outpointing George Foreman for the WBO heavyweight title July of 1993; he stopped Razor Ruddock in six rounds for the IBC heavyweight title in June of 95'. Other career high points were wins over James Tillis, Pinklon Thomas, and Carl Williams.

Morrison's final record was 48-3-1 with 42 KO's.

His last highly-significant fight was on October 7, 1995 against Lennox Lewis for the lightly-regarded International Boxing Council heavyweight title; Lewis stopped Morrison in the sixth round.

"RIP former WBO Heavyweight Champion Tommy "The Duke" Morrison. Was always fun to be with back in the day and I will miss him a lot. So sad," wrote Harold Lederman.


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