He may have been given a good beating by Rocky Balboa but Tommy Morrison in the real world of boxing was a genuine prospect.
The exposure from starring in Rocky V propelled Morrison into the boxing limelight and in 1991, he fought Ray Mercer for the WBO Heavyweight title. Although Morrison lost by way of a fifth round knockout, he finally won the WBO title after defeating George Foreman.
At this point, Morrison was arguably about to hit his prime. In good shape and with a heavyweight title, there was talk of a unification battle with WBC Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis.
From this point, it all goes wrong.
Morrison suffered a shocking loss to unknown Michael Bentt in October 1993 by way of knockout, losing his WBO title. He would fight several times over the next few years, eventually winning the fringe IBC Heavyweight Title against Donovan 'Razor' Ruddock.
Morrison finally got his wish to fight WBC Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis but was promptly dispatched by way of a sixth round knockout.
Before a scheduled fight in 1996, Morrison was diagnosed with HIV. At the time, he attributed this to his fast and reckless lifestyle. Unfortunately, the following years saw Morrison break down completely to the point where he argued he was never HIV positive and had received several clean tests. Morrison has been in trouble with the law and has been arrested for numerous offenses over the last few years.
Morrison has attempted a number of comeback fights although these bouts are unsanctioned due to him being HIV positive. The most famous was the 'fake fight' with Corey Williams which can be seen in the above clip.