MIAMI — Just like any professional team, the 4 State Franchise is battling a series of injuries to three of the key members.
Trey Lippe Morrison had to pull out of a June 9 fight in Verona, New York, after suffering torn tendons in his left hand.
Unbeaten welterweight Jarrett Rouse, who was to be part of an April 21 card at Buffalo Run Casino and Resort, is sidelined indefinitely with a hand injury.
“He tweaked it; hit an elbow and now he can’t use his hand,” Holden said.
And welterweight phenom Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk has been nursing an ankle that he twisted in his last outing here in February.
“He’s going to be fine,” Holden said. “He’s just now ready to start training again. But that’s still a candidate for ‘Fight of the Year’”
Baranchyk scored a unanimous decision over Abel Ramos in a very entertaining fight that was part of a “ShoBox: The New Generation” broadcast.
Lippe Morrison, who already had to miss the February card due to a nasty cut over his left eye while sparring, suffered torn tendons in his left hand during a workout earlier this month.
He had surgery on Feb. 7 in California and already is back in the gym working on some things.
Lippe Morrison is expected to be sidelined at least three months.
This is the second hand injury for Lippe Morrison in 16 months.
He suffered torn tendons in his right hand during a Jan. 22, 2016 fight with Thomas Hawkins at Buffalo Run.
In his only action since, Lippe Morrison needed less than a round to finish off Ed Latimore in a nationally televised fight.
“He doesn’t have bad hands,” Holden said. “He’s just got so much explosive power and he’s letting it rip against that heavy bag every day. These heavy bags are pretty firm. He’s still young in the game and he’s doing damage, so I talked to Freddie, who ordered him water bags. That will help tremendously.”
Heavy bags are a key part of training, giving boxers a chance to practice body punches.
“They have a little give to them,” Holden said. “He’s just using that explosive power every day and its all absorbed by the hands.
“The hand has been bothering him for a while, so it wasn’t just an instant deal. It was a long period of build-up. That’s why I think it was the bags.”
“This is a minor setback,” Freddie Roach, a Hall of Famer who is Lippe-Morrison’s lead trainer,” said in a press release announcing the injury. “This kid not only has talent but he’s an extremely hard worker. He was back in the gym two days after surgery.”
“Freddie is real high on Trey,” Holden said. “He’s extremely high on this kid, and Showtime is too.
“The way they took it was they were like ‘oh man, we feel so bad for you.’ They felt bad for the kid .
They said they want to have him back on.”
Holden is chomping at the bit to get both Lippe Morrison and Baranchyk on the same card again.
“I think it would be a huge show for us, he said, noting that he’s considering Memorial Hall in Joplin, which seats 2,200 for an upcoming card. A show there almost two years ago sold out.
“I want to spread he Four State Franchise around a little bit, going to Joplin, but basically Miami is going to be our hub,” Holden said. “I think by moving them around some, they (the fans) will become even more attached to them.”