LOS ANGELES - DEC 05: Tommy Morrison poses for a portrait in Los Angeles, California on December 5, 2007.
Tommy Morrison — who died Sept. 2 at the age of 44 — was becoming a major draw in 1990, when this photo was taken. He hadn't lost yet in his pro career, with most of his wins coming by knockout.
Morrison, nicknamed ''The Duke,'' never reached the status of such contemporaries as Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, but it was surely a full career. Here, he flexes before a 1992 fight against Jerry "Wimpy" Halstead.
Morrison in action against Jerry "Wimpy" Halstead (right) in 1992. Morrison won by TKO, the 30th victory of his career.
Fix him up
Morrison is attended by his trainers in between rounds during his 1992 bout against Jerry "Wimpy" Halstead. Morrison would eventually win by fifth-round TKO.
Blow for blow
Tommy Morrison, right, and George Foreman in action during their famous bout in Las Vegas. Foreman was in the midst of a comeback when the two fought for the vacant WBO belt.
Fight of his life
Morrison was crowned WBO heavyweight champion after defeating George Foreman in Las Vegas in June 1993. Morrison won his first 28 professional fights.
Shortly after the win over Foreman, in October 1993, Morrison surrendered that WBO heavyweight title in a surprising loss to Michael Bentt by first-round TKO. The loss scuttled a potential showdown with Lennox Lewis.
Morrison and Razor Ruddock in action during a June 1995 bout. Morrison won the fight with a TKO in the sixth round in the prelude to his big showdown with Lennox Lewis.
Knocking him down
Morrison, left, delivers a blow to Razor Ruddock during their 1995 bout. The TKO victory put Morrison back in the running for a marquee fight.
Prepping for the big one
Morrison is seen here in Tulsa training for his fight with Lennox Lewis, a much-hyped fight that was two years in the making.
Right at home
Morrison poses for the camera at the Main Street Gym in Tulsa, Oklahoma, near where he was raised. This photo was taken in September 1995, shortly before his loss at the hands of Lennox Lewis.
The big weigh-in
Morrison weighs in for his 1995 fight against Lewis. He was originally slated to face Riddick Bowe for this fight before Bowe pulled out to fight Evander Holyfield.
Swing and a miss
Lennox Lewis avoids a left hand from Morrison during their fight in October 1995. Lewis opened up a cut over Morrison's eye in the fight and ultimately won by sixth-round TKO.
In February 1996, it was revealed that Morrison had tested positive for HIV. At a press conference, he said, "I lived a fast, permissive lifestyle," and announced that he was ending his boxing career.
Morrison looks on as the referee checks out Marcus Rhode during a bout at Tokyo Bay NK Hall in Tokyo, Japan. Morrison won the fight with a knockout in the first round. It was his first fight since revelations that he had tested positive for HIV and the last before a more than 10-year hiatus.
After a 10-year break, Morrison tried a comeback in 2006. This photo shows him in Los Angeles in 2007, months after he defeated John Castle in his first fight since 1996.