Tommy Morrison

Heavyweight Boxer

Tommy Morrison born January 2, 1969, is an American heavyweight boxer and a former World Boxing Organization champion. He lost only three out of a total of 52 professional fights. Morrison's nickname, "The Duke," is based on disputed claims that he is a grandnephew of Hollywood star John Wayne. Morrison was a co-star with Sylvester Stallone in the 1990 boxing movie Rocky V. Morrison's professional boxing career ended for many years when he tested positive for HIV in 1996.… Read More

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1969 Birth Born on January 2, 1969.


1988 19 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1988, Morrison won the Regional Heavyweight Title – Kansas City Golden Gloves from Donald Ellis and advanced to the National Golden Gloves in Omaha, Nebraska, where he lost a split decision to Derek Isaman. … Read More


1989 20 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1989, Morrison had 19 wins and no losses, 15 by knockout.
1990 21 Years Old He took a six-month break from boxing to work on the movie in 1990.
1991 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1991, Morrison won fights against opponents James Tillis and former world champion Pinklon Thomas.
1992 23 Years Old 1 More Event
He had six wins in 1992, including fights with Art Tucker and Joe Hipp, who later became the first Native American to challenge for the world heavyweight title.
1993 24 Years Old 1 More Event
After two wins in 1993, including one over two-time world title challenger Carl "The Truth" Williams, Morrison found himself fighting for the WBO title again, against heavyweight boxing legend George Foreman, who was himself making a comeback. … Read More
1994 - 1995 2 More Events
At one point in 1996 Morrison was married to two women at the same time, Dawn Freeman and Dawn Gilbert. … Read More
1997 28 Years Old In 1997, an Oklahoma jury convicted him of DUI in an accident that left three people injured; the court ordered Morrison to spend time in treatment.


In September 1999, an Oklahoma court gave a two-year suspended sentence for a DUI elevated to felony level by his previous DUI conviction.
2000 31 Years Old On January 14, 2000, Morrison was sentenced to two years in prison on the September 16 charges.
2002 33 Years Old On April 3, 2002, he was sentenced to another year in prison after violating parole in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but was given credit for time previously served.


2011 42 Years Old Tommy and Trisha Morrison were married in 2011. … Read More
In August 2013, Elizabeth Merrill of reported that Morrison's mother Diana disclosed that Tommy had "full-blown AIDS" and was "in his final days." … Read More
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