Former WBO heavyweight champion Tommy “The Duke” Morrison was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession Thursday evening in Wichita, Kan.
Morrison (48-3-1, 42 KOs), who defeated George Foreman (76-5, 68 KOs) in June 1993 to capture his title, previously served 14 months in the pen after he was convicted on drugs and weapons charges in 1999.
Morrison, the owner of an impressive combined professional and amateur record of 343-24-1, was an enormously powerful puncher, and he seemed destined for greatness as a prizefighter during the formative stages of his career.
“The Duke”, already popular among fans because of his entertaining fighting style, gained even more prominence once he starred as Rocky Balboa’s opponent in the 1990 film Rocky V .
Morrison’s career began to unravel after he was defeated by Ray Mercer (36-7-1, 26 KOs), Michael Bentt (11-2, 6 KOs), and Lennox Lewis (41-2, 32 KOs).
Sadly, Morrison, 41, tested positive for HIV in 1996, and he was prohibited from boxing again until he earned a second round TKO over John Castle (4-3, 2 KOs) in West Virginia in February, 2007.
Despite his notable pedigree, Morrison was a genuine waste of talent.
When properly trained and focused, Morrison was an extremely formidable foe.
Unfortunately, instead of becoming a true legend in the ring, Morrison instead concentrated his efforts towards alcohol, drugs, and sexual promiscuity.
Tommy Morrison is simply an unsettling case of failure.
Considering Morrison’s pathetic plights, perhaps the fuzz in “The Air Capital of the World” should have let “The Duke” blaze away.