MIAMI — Just over two weeks after Miami was in the national boxing spotlight, it will be there again.
Downtown Miami and the Coleman Theatre was a backdrop for a pro card on Friday, Aug. 25.
Now on Tuesday, Sept. 12, the Coleman will host the premier of ESPN Films 30 for 30 presentation “Tommy,” a documentary on the late heavyweight champion Tommy “The Duke” Morrison.
Seating for the 7 p.m. event is by invitation only.
“Tommy” will be available exclusively for streaming on the ESPN App and on-demand audiences starting Wednesday, Sept. 13.
It will then make its broadcast premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. (CDT) on ESPN2.
Work on the documentary dates back to the ring debut of Morrison’s son, Trey, on Feb. 15, 2014, at Buffalo Run Casino.
Ironically, the very first boxing card locally promoted by Tony Holden was from downtown Miami in 2002 — and televised by ESPN as part of its then-relatively new “Friday Night Fights” series.
Co-directors Gentry Kirby and Erin Leyden were on hand with a crew to shoot initial footage during the debut of Trey Lippe, who later took on the last name of his father.
“We are extremely honored and excited to host the premiere of this ESPN documentary about Oklahoma boxer Tommy Morrison,” said Coleman Theatre managing director Shannon Duhon. “This event means a lot to the city of Miami and boxing fans in the region.”
“This premiere brings credibility that Miami is truly a destination for sporting events,” said Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau executive director Amanda Davis. “The sports and events industry continues to drive our revenues and we can always depend on fans to support what is offered here.”