Fighting in front of a sold out crowd and with legendary trainer Freddie Roach in his corner, Lippe-Morrison was a man on a mission from the opening bell. With his fans cheering him on in hope of another knockout, Lippe-Morrison connected with a hard right hook to Thomas’ head just over a minute into the opening stanza, sending Thomas to the canvas. The referee started to count before realizing Thomas was in no position to continue, waiving the bout off at 1:20.
“I love working with Freddie Roach because he’s getting me polished,” Lippe-Morrison said after the dominant performance. “I didn’t have an amateur career so he’s really helping me with the learning curve.”
Lippe-Morrison, who is now 10-0 with all of his wins by knockout, is pleased with his performance but insists he isn’t hunting for knockouts.
“Believe it or not, I’m not gunning for quick knockouts but they’re coming and I’m happy to please the fans. I’m continuing to improve as a boxer under Freddie’s watch and will consult with my team about the next step.”
Tony Holden, promoter of Lippe-Morrison, believes his fighter is on the path to stardom.
“Trey looked like a future champion and he fought with incredible confidence. He’s only boxed 12 rounds as a professional and just knocked out a fighter that went five rounds with a two division world champion in Beibut Shumenov. We’ve been trying to get Trey rounds by stepping up the competition but he continues to knock guys out in devastating fashion.”
In undercard action, fellow unbeaten heavyweight Kenzie Witt of Bartlesville, OK, scored an impressive second round knockout of Jordan Brown. Witt, who improved to 6-0-1 with 5 knockouts follow the victory, is Lippe-Morrison’s brother and the son of late heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison.