History | Oct 07 2018

On This Day: Lennox Lewis dominates Tommy “The Duke” Morrison

Lennox Lewis turned in clinical display in Tommy Morrison's final world-class fight
Will Smith
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LENNOX LEWIS returned to the stage of his American debut on October 7, 1995 when he took on Tommy Morrison. The bout was set for the Atlantic City Convention Center and victory was crucial for both men as they . Lewis – who had recently joined forces with Emmanuel Steward – had failed to convince in his two comeback bouts since losing his WBC title to Oliver McCall, and Morrison – the former WBO boss – was hoping to build on an impressive win over Razor Ruddock and secure a world title shot.

ALREADY financially secure, Lewis was more interested in proving himself in the ring than the riches he could earn. He spent long periods dedicating himself to improvement, in Steward’s Kronk Gym and for this bout, in the Poconos in Pennsylvania.

LEWIS earned $2.4million and Morrison picked up $2.1million for the showdown, that was watched in the arena by 8, 369.