Former WBO heavyweight title holder Tommy ‘The Duke’ Morrison passed away yesterday leaving the whole of boxing in shock at the death of the Rocky star at just 44 years-old.
Tommy’s wife Trisha, who cared for her husband during his illness, sent out a heartfelt description of the knockout artist’s final hours as the sport tries to come to terms with losing a great champion at no age.
“Tommy fought right to his last breath. I held his powerful left hook hand till the end and he was not alone. I never left his side,” Trish wrote on his official Facebook page.
“He so loved his fans, reading and listening to your emails and messages. In his last few minutes I whispered into his ear how much his friends and family loved him.”
Trisha then went on to state that Tommy deserves to be honoured for his exciting ring career, which had fans on the edge of their seats waiting for that KO left hook, and plans to lead a campaign for formal recognition of Morrison’s achievements.
“He deserves to be inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame,” said Trisha. “Would you help me help him get there? Send your email’s of support and love to firstname.lastname@example.org so I can share them with his sons that love him so much,” she added.
Trisha for Tommy always.
Morrison died late on Sunday night after battling terminal illness for far longer than was expected by doctors, further proof that Tommy was a true fighter outside of the ring. He will be missed.