MIAMI — Trey Lippe Morrison will be jumping in deep when he fights on a June 9 card in Verona, New York as part of a Showtime card tied around International Boxing Hall of Fame weekend activities.
“This is exciting because I have never been to New York,” Lippe Morrison said Tuesday during a press conference to announce an April 21 card at Buffalo Run Casino & Resort.
“It will definitely be an experience to see,” he said.
Among those being inducted are Showtime’s Barry Tompkins and Steve Farhood. Both have made numerous trips to Miami as part of the “ShoBox: The New Generation” telecasts.
Other inductees include modern era fighters Evander Holyfield, Johnny Tapia and Marco Antonio Barrera, old-timer Eddie Booker, ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Sr., trainer Johnny Lewis and judge Jerry Roth.
Lippe Morrison was to have been a part of the Feb. 11 here, facing 6-foot-7 Daniel “The Mountain” Martz (15-4-1 with 12 knockouts) of Clarksburg, West Virginia.
But Lippe Morrison had to drop out because of a gash over his right eye while training.
He resumed working out with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Los Angeles last week.
“The eye has healed great,” said Lippe Morrison, who has taken a little time off from training to recharge the batteries.
“My last three fights, I have been at it pretty hard, not taking any time off,” he said. “When I got cut this time, and before the cut even happened, Tony and I had discussed after the fight I was going to take a little time off and gather myself.”
An opponent for Lippe Morrison hasn’t been determined, but Holden had a hard time lining up an opponent for the February show before landing Martz.
“The last fight before the cut was a tough process,” Holden said. “No one would fight him. Showtime was getting into some of the top contenders in the world and I had to pull him back.
“They want him in deep; that’s why I wanted him back to Wildcard as soon as he could,” Holden said.
Working out with Roach in California gives Lippe Morrison a big advantage over most of the other challengers he will see.
“Even though he’s not fighting on this card, he is sparring with top contenders all the time,” Holden said. “He’s in such a huge learning process and you can see his growth. A lot of that is being with Freddie Roach.”
He made Ty Cobb his 13th straight victim, getting a TKO at 2:10 of the second round here on Dec. 10.
“I didn’t really want to put him on yet (the April card) because I’m going to put him in deep again,” Holden said. “We wanted him to spend some time with Freddie, so we decided to put him on in June.”
Dillon Cook, Kenzie Morrison and Jarrett Rouse will be on the card, as well as the newest member of the Four State Franchise, Charles Conwell.
Conwell, a former Olympian and highly decorated amateur fighter, will make his pro debut on the April 21 card. He was introduced at Tuesday’s press conference.
“It’s going to be a big story when Charles Conwell makes his pro debut at 19 years old,” Holden said. “We’re going to have a lot fun with Charles. When he got here, he hasn’t officially met these guys, but he knew everything about them. He’s excited about being able to fight with these young men.
“I think it’s going to be a perfect fit.”
Holden said Thursday morning he was still working on a potential TV deal for the card.
Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk is being held off the card because of the tough 10-round decision he logged against Abel Ramos in February.
Jesse Cook also will not fight because of recent shoulder surgery that could keep him out of action for several months.
Tickets are available at the Buffalo Run box office, at buffalorun.com or at stubwire.com.