The Duke: The Life and Lies of Tommy Morrison - Hamilcar Publications

The Duke: The Life and Lies of Tommy Morrison

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Coming April 12, 2022!


An American gothic…

In the early 1990s, Tommy Morrison, a young roughneck from the hinterland of Jay, Oklahoma, burst onto the scene to become one of the most controversial fighters of his era. As an undefeated prospect with a crippling left hook, Morrison attracted plenty of attention (and criticism) from boxing insiders, but it was his starring role in Rocky V that propelled him to the brink of stardom–and ultimately lead to his tragic downfall.

Handsome, eloquent, and powerful, Morrison parlayed a thrilling ringstyle and a homespun personality into genuine celebrity status throughout the midwest and southeast, where boxing rarely prospered. But his brush with Hollywood fame triggered an insatiable appetite for parties, liquor, and sex. When he was shockingly diagnosed with HIV in 1996, Morrison saw his life spiral out of control. His subsequent descent into drugs, prison, and conspiracy theories made Morrison headline material long after his glory days inside the ring had ended, and it transformed his story of a small-town success into one of the American Dream gone haywire.

Throughout his career, Morrison had shown a rebellious streak and a knack for excess that sabotaged his talent; those same characteristics drove him to weave an alternative universe for himself, one where HIV did not cause AIDs, bigamy was legal, and he could teleport from danger at any moment.

In The Duke: The Life and Lies of Tommy Morrison, Carlos Acevedo traces the tumultuous tale of Morrison from his days as a teenaged Toughman contestant, to his rise in the heavyweight division after defeating George Foreman, to his struggles with HIV and depression, to his farcical comeback in 2007, to his tragic death at forty-four, when his delusions finally caught up to him.


  • Publication Date: April 12, 2022
  • Author: Carlos Acevedo
  • ISBN: 9781949590524
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pricing: $18.99 USD | £13.99 GBP
  • Trim: 6″ x 9″
  • Pages: 280
  • Distribution: Two Rivers


Carlos Acevedo, author of Sporting Blood: Tales From the Dark Side of Boxing (Hamilcar Publications (2020) and The Duke: The Life and Lies of Tommy Morrison (Hamilcar Publications 2022), was the founder of The Cruelest Sport and is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. His work has appeared in Inside HBO Boxing, Boxing News, Remezcla, Boxing Digest, and Hannibal Boxing. His stories A Darkness Made to Order and A Ghost Orbiting Forever both won first place awards from the BWAA. Acevedo is also a member of the International Boxing Research Organization.

Follow Carlos on Twitter @cruelestsport


Interview With Carlos Acevedo