Posted September 2, 2013 by DJ Enuff in Sports

Former Heavyweight Champ & Rocky Star Tommy ‘Gunn’ Morrison Passes At 44!

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“You don’t own me! You don’t own me! Nobody does! I want my respect.” – Tommy Gunn (Rocky 5)


ommy “Gunn” Morrison with a massive left hook captivated the world on film in 1990 with Rocky V, as friend turned foe Tommy “The Machine” Gunn, and three years later rocked the world in reality knocking out George Foreman for the Heavyweight Championship belt! Morrison, who was dubbed “The Duke” in the pro-boxing world passed away at 44 years old in Omaha, Nebraska with his wife, Trisha, by his side on Sunday night. His health quickly deteriorated in past months being put on a ventilator and life support. Thatsenuff.com sends condolences out to friends and family of Tommy “The Duke” Morrison. Please continue to read MORE after the jump…

Tommy Morrison

Tommy Morrison message to the World on HIV: “To my family and my friends, I wish that there was somehow a way that I could go through this by myself,” Morrison said. “I’m sorry that I’ve had to drag you guys through this with me. Many times in my life, I’ve had to pick myself up off the floor. This has certainly been one of those times.”

“If there’s anyone out there that feels they’ve come in contact with me either directly or indirectly, I would encourage them to get themselves tested for their own sake and certainly for their own peace of mind,” Morrison added. `There were a number of sparring partners out there that I worked with, and more importantly, the young ladies that I’ve been involved with. . . . My prayers go out to them nightly and their families in hopes that everything will be OK.” – tulsaworld

Morrison held a stellar boxing career (48-3-1) until February 1996, when things took a quick turn for the worse; his blood work came up positive for HIV, and he was swiftly suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission. He publicly admitted to it at the time, but recently denied the association with HIV. Morrison did continue to box (states w/o Athletic commission), as recently as 2008 in Mexico and unofficially in 2011. Morrison was even compared to the ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson at one point with his devastating left hook.

Rocky V Street Fight Balboa vs. Tommy Gunn:

[youtube width=”625″ height=”425″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1F1yMPqNeVY[/youtube]

Mike Tyson vs. Tommy Morrison:

[youtube width=”625″ height=”425″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4UPGaBP-VI[/youtube]

Tommy Morrison vs. George Foreman (Oct. 29 1993):

[youtube width=”625″ height=”425″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOcWCp1WJUM[/youtube]