Former heavyweight champion Tommy "The Duke" Morrison has dies on Monday according to a report by the Associated Press on September 2.
Morrison was a competitor both in the boxing ring and in life. He defeated George Foreman in 1993 to win the WBO heavyweight title and eventually lost it to Michael Bentt. He was also known for his toe-to-toe battled with Lennox Lewis and suffered his first professional loss in the ring to Ray Mercer.
Although Morrison didn't quite reach the potential of boxers like Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, he definitely left his mark on the world of boxing and even did a bit of acting with a starring role in "Rocky V" alongside Sylvester Stallone. His career, however, was shortened by legal issues which included drunk driving and weapons charging and health issues as Morrison tested positive for HIV in 1995.
Still Tommy Morrison was determined to get his career on track, but he was really never able to re-establish his status in the ring.
According to his promoter and close friend Tony Holden, there is no doubt that Morrision would've been a champion today with the competition he faced in the 90s.
"If Tommy was fighting today, he no doubt would be a world champion. You have to look at who he was fighting in the '90s, the guys in that division were Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Riddick Bowe, Ray Mercer, George Foreman. There's no one with that talent today. Tommy would absolutely dominate if he were in his prime boxing today."
Holden also confirmed that Morrison died on Sunday night and there is no cause of death. The ex-heavyweight champion who finished his career with a record of 48-3-1 died at the young age of 44.