6/7/1993-George Foreman vs Tommy “The Duke” Morrison

On June 7, 1993, former heavyweight champion George Foreman fought Tommy Morrison for the vacant WBO Heavyweight title.  Michael Moorer vacated the title in February 1993, proving an opportunity for these two fighters. 44-yeard-old Foreman and 24-year-old Morrison separately lost their prior title bouts. Foreman wanted to retire with a belt around his waist.

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Morrison and Foreman exchange. (Mark Morrison/Getty)

The two hardest punching heavyweights didn’t live up to the power exhibition fans wanted. Morrison’s youth would be the edge needed to beat Foreman via unanimous decision. Morrison used constant movement with quick strong shots to pepper Foreman. Scores were 117-110, 117-110, and 118-109. Foreman lost a point in the tenth round for a low blow.

Morrison became WBO champion but lost it in his next match against Michael Bentt, a perceived warm-up fight before facing Lennox Lewis. Bentt knocked him down three times to win in the first round. Foreman retired after the fight, only to drop Michael Moorer in 1994 to become the oldest heavyweight champion in boxing history.


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