DiBella Leisure has joined Holden Productions in signing a co-promotional settlement with heavyweight McKenzie Morrison, son of legendary heavyweight Tommy Morrison.
The 33-year-old Morrison (20-1-2, 18 KOs) is finest identified to boxing followers for his fifth-round stoppage of Hasim Rahman Jr. in April 2022 on the Virgin Lodge in Las Vegas. The combat, billed as “Sons of Legends,” noticed Morrison win the WBC USA heavyweight championship.
Morrison started coaching when he was 19 years previous, foregoing school basketball scholarships that he’d earned as a standout in highschool. He made his skilled debut in October 2014, scoring a first-round knockout over Marvin Babe, regardless of by no means having stepped into the ring as an novice. He would go on to stay unbeaten till his final combat in October 2022, when he misplaced on factors to Robert Sims.
Household legacy is essential to Morrison. He educated together with his father earlier than the elder Morrison’s demise in 2013. His father’s classes caught with him, together with a mantra that Tommy would drill into his son: “Pace generates energy.”
His father’s demise devastated him. “I nonetheless had a aim,” mentioned Morrison. “I simply misplaced the one person who was guiding me.”
Mentioned Morrison of his signing, “I’ve spent these previous few days with my household and in prayer. God has led me to a career-altering choice that I’m past excited to announce. My father, Tommy Morrison, had a variety of good folks in his circle, however some of the pivotal being Tony Holden. One other man I’ve seemed as much as throughout my profession is Lou DiBella, some of the influential promoters in boxing. DiBella and Holden decided to accomplice collectively to co-promote me in my profession. Deciding to signal with Lou DiBella and Tony Holden as co-promoters has been some of the essential moments in my profession so far. I’m past blessed, and excited to proceed my journey with these two wonderful males in my nook.”
Morrison went on to say that he’d identified Holden since childhood, and he was happy that their relationship had come full circle.
“I’m happy to be working with Kenzie Morrison and I’m assured that I might help him get the alternatives he’s working so exhausting for,” mentioned Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Leisure. “I knew his dad effectively; he was an unforgettable heavyweight fighter with an enormous coronary heart. It’s my pleasure to assist Kenzie chase his desires and honor his father.”
“Kenzie could be very athletic and gifted. I am excited to see the place he goes within the close to future,” mentioned Tony Holden, President of Holden Productions. “I promoted his father, Tommy Morrison, and he was a pricey buddy of mine, so it is at all times particular to work with Kenzie. I am joyful to hitch forces with my good buddy Lou DiBella.”
For the previous a number of years, Morrison, who lives in Fayetteville, AR, together with his accomplice, Kristen, and their son, Sebastian, has educated with Kevin Lightburn at Straight Proper Boxing & Health in close by Springdale, AR. Search for him within the ring underneath the DiBella Leisure banner within the coming months.