History | Oct 18 2014

On This Day: Ray Mercer volleys Tommy Morrison into gruesome defeat

Matt Bevan looks back on the brutal Ray Mercer-Tommy Morrison showdown from October 18, 1991
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ON THIS DAY, October 18, 1991, Ray Mercer defended his WBO heavyweight title that he won in January from Francesco Damiani, against Tommy “The Duke” Morrison at the Convention Center in Atlantic City.

1. MORRISON was extremely well known in America, not just in boxing circles following his starring role in Rocky V, and this was his first attempt at a world title, although the WBO was not as respected as a sanctioning body as it is today, and was regarded behind the big three of the WBC, WBA and IBF.

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