Tommy Morrison Memorial 

Morrison was born in Gravette, Arkansas. His mother, Diana, was of Native American descent, while his father's side was of majority Scottish descent.  Morrison was raised inDelaware County, Oklahoma, spending most of his teenage years in Jay. Morrison's nickname, "The Duke", is based on the claim that he was related to Hollywood star John Wayne

Tommy Morrison memorial to be built in Jay

BY SHEILA STOGSDILL For The Oklahoman • Published: July 6, 2015

 

JAY — The American Boxing Association, along with the family of late heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison, is hoping a memorial dedicated to the boxer is the one-two punch needed to honor his athletic legacy but also to overcoming mistakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Roach, American Boxing Association president, spoke with Jay School Board members on June 29 about placing a life-size bronze bust of Morrison on the school campus.

“It looks very promising,” Roach said.

“Tommy was a tremendous athlete,” Roach said, referring to Morrison’s boxing and football days.

Roach said the boxer “also had his ups and downs,” referring to Morrison’s run-ins with law enforcement on gun and drug violations.

“We all have had our ups and downs,” Roach said.

If approved at the July 14 regular school board meeting, the bronze bust would be unveiled at the Tommy Morrison 8-man boxing tournament that is scheduled Jan. 2, which coincides with Morrison’s birthday.

“The tournament would bring in a lot of revenue to Grove and Jay,” Roach said.

“You can mess up when you are young, but look at what Tommy did,” said Morrison’s wife, Trisha. “He went through rehab. He turned himself around in the last part of his life.”

The Nevada Athletic Commission suspended Morrison in 1996 after testing positive for the “retrovirus named for HIV,” Trisha Morrison said. The boxer discounted the Nevada test after a series of tests from other medical institutions revealed he did not have the HIV virus, she said.

There are many positive elements to the bronze bust, Jay superintendent Charles Thomas said.

”We are going to use photos from the family and actual boxing gloves, boxing belts and ephemera to capture the true likeness as close as possible,” said Matt Glenn with Big Statues, a Utah-based company that is creating the bust.

The bust will be more than 36 inches tall and will weigh in at around 100 pounds, he said.

“Tommy’s last wishes were to include some of his ashes in the actual boxing glove that is part of the bust,” said Dean Smith, American Boxing Association chief executive officer.

The tournament is a win-win situation with fighters and promoters, Smith said.

Morrison died Sept. 1, 2013, at age 44 from cardiac arrest, multiple organ failure, septic shock and pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Local Artist Donates Art Piece to Tommy Morrison Memorial Foundation

 

Kit Coughran is a Cherokee and Irish painter residing in Grove, Oklahoma. He recently accepted a position with the American Boxing Association as the Media Director. His first task is to bring attention to the Tommy Morrison Legacy 8-Man Tournament being held at Bull Dog Arena on January 2nd. Mr. Coughran currently has work hanging in the new Sam Hider Clinic that was just built by Cherokee Nation in Jay. He is an alumni member of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was born in Jay, Oklahoma on January 2nd, 1980. Just 11 years after Tommy Morrison was born on that same day.

 

Kit remembers looking up to Tommy as a young man. “When Rocky 5 came out everyone tried to claim Tommy as their own,” Kit recalls. “People from Kansas City tried to say he was from their town but everyone from Delaware County felt like we had him first.” “It was inspiring to see a local boy taking Hollywood by storm by portraying, ”Tommy Gun” a character based on himself.” Kit hopes that by donating this painting that it will be sold at auction to help fund the installation of a bronze bust in Tommy’s honor. The local painter hopes that the donation of this one of a kind art piece will inspire others to take pride in Delaware County History and remind future Oklahomans to reach for their dreams and to not give up in the face of adversity.

The statue is being created by Big Statues out of Utah. It will be 36” tall and weigh around 400 lbs. Jim Roach, American Boxing Association president, spoke with Jay School Board members on June 29 about placing a life-size bronze bust of Morrison on the school campus. “It looks very promising,” Roach said. The $12,000 monument would be a fixture at Bulldog Arena, and will be unveiled at the Tommy Morrison 8-man boxing tournament that is scheduled Jan. 2, which coincides with Morrison’s birthday. Roach says, “The tournament would bring in a lot of revenue to Grove and Jay,” There are many positive elements to the bronze bust, Jay superintendent Charles Thomas said.

 

”We are going to use photos from the family and actual boxing gloves, boxing belts and ephemera to capture the true likeness as close as possible,” said Matt Glenn with Big Statues, a Utah-based company that is creating the bust. “Tommy’s last wishes were to include some of his ashes in the actual boxing glove that is part of the bust,” said Dean Smith,

American Boxing Association chief executive officer.

Tommy Morrison Memorial

The Tommy Morrison Tournament of Champions will be held on January 2nd, in Jay, Oklahoma.  The event will be an 8-man tournament.  

Tournament of Champions Belt

One of a kind not to be duplicated Tommy Morrison tournament of champions belt.  The Sale of the belt is to be auctioned to raise money to erect a bronze statue of Tommy at his hometown highschool Gymnasium in Jay, Oklahoma.

Tournament of Champions Belt

The belt has been signed by Roberto Duran, Tommy (the Hitman) Hearns, Tim Bradley, Keith (one time) Thurman, James (lights out) Toney, Paul (the punisher) Williams, Terry Norris, Sergio Martinez, Sean Porter, Mike Mccallum, Wayne Mcullagh, Richard Steele, Austin Trout, Joel Casamayor, Erik Morales, Kevin Kelly, and Rusian Provodnikov.

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