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George Foreman vs. Tommy Morrison
Tommy Morrison (Jay, Oklahoma)
"The Duke" is the former WBO heavyweight champion of the world. He retired sporting a mark of: 48-3-1 with 42 knockouts on his docket. Morrison possessed one of the best left hooks in heavyweight history and it produced the majority of his knockout wins. He had a shaky chin but his heart and power usually saw him through. The Duke had solid boxing skills which seemed to improve as he progressed as a professional. His chin was a bit shaky but his heart and power made for very exciting fights.
Tommy Morrison's top accomplishments came from defeating: George Foreman, Razor Rudduck, Carl Williams and Pinklon Thomas.
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Eddie Cotton (Muskogee, Oklahoma)
"Gun" is a former world ranked light heavyweight who retired with a resume reading: 56-23-2 with 33 knockout wins on his ledger. He had skills on offense but he liked to set a slow pace and peck the jab. On defense he was a talent and he was hard to hit cleanly because he had solid footwork, head movement and parrying in his tool chest.
Eddie Cotton recorded some significant wins against the likes of Henry Hank, Johnny Persol. Neal Rivers and Mike Holt.
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James Tillis (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
"Quick" won the Oklahoma State Golden Gloves three times as an amateur and as a professional boxer Tillis was a world rated heavyweight contender in his prime. Tillis had super fast hands and his jab and right hand were superb. Tillis had a stamina issue and was known to tire by the 8th round of most of his bouts.
James Tillis won a few notable bouts including victories over Earnie Shavers, Ron Stander, Bobby Crabtree and Domingo D' Elia.
Ross Purity (Norman, Oklahoma)
"The Boss" is a former top 10 ranked heavyweight boxer who left the squared circle with a record of 31-20-3 with 27 knockout wins on his docket. Purity has a steel chin and one punch, crushing knockout power in both hands. He also has slow footwork and an average defense but his power, chin, heart and stamina kept him dangerous at all times. A classic underachiever without a doubt. Purity achieved a descent amount of fame but with a large promotional push behind him he could have done even more.
Ross Purity's biggest wins came from beating Vladimir Klitschko, Joe Hipp, Jorge Luis Gonzalez and Derrick Roddy.
Ross Purity with Vitali Klitscko
Allan Green vs. Mikkel Kessler
Allan Green (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
"Ghost Dog" had a stellar amateur career winning the 2002 National Golden Gloves and four regional Golden Gloves. As a professional super middleweight Green compiled a resume consisting of 32 wins, 5 losses and 22 stoppage victories to his credit. Green has boxed as a light heavyweight and as a middleweight but his success has came in the super middleweight division. A knockout punch in his right and in his left hook to go along with his combo punching is what makes him a tough foe for anyone.
Allan Green's top victories came against Sabastien Demers, Tarvis Simms, Jerson Ravelo and Jaidon Codrington (The Codrington knockout was named KO of the year by Ring magazine).
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Billy Fox (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
"Blackjack" is a former contender in the light heavyweight (175 pound) division and he left the ring with a record of 48-9-1 with an astonishing 47 knockout wins. Fox had limited boxing talent and he did lots of things wrong including leaving his hands held to low but one thing is for sure. He could punch. His swings were not fast but they were deadly win they landed solidly.
Billy Fox beat some good fighters including Jake LaMotta (Fixed Bout unfortunately), Artie Levin, George Kochan and Johnny Colan.
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Grady Brewer (Lawton, Oklahoma)
"Bad Boy" is a contender in the junior middleweight division and he is still active as of 2015 with a resume that reads: 32-20 with 16 stoppage wins. As an amateur boxer he captured his state's Golden Gloves title. In the pro ranks Brewer won The Contender title in 2006 fighting on the television boxing show. Brewer is not great at any aspect of the sport but he is solid at all aspects. He has descent power, speed and reflexes plus an iron will that has helped him overachieve on several occasions.
Grady Brewer's best wins came against Fernando Guerrero, Cornelius Bundrage, Steve Forbes and Michael Stewart.
Birthplace of Grady Brewer (Lawton, Oklahoma)
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Buck Smith (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
"Tombstone" fought from junior welterweight all the way up to Cruiserweight during his prizefighting career. He retired with a record of: 180-20-2 with 120 knockout victims in his wake. As evidenced by his record Smith possessed punching power a;lthough most of his knockouts came against club fighters. Smith was a contender during certain times in his career and battled with some of the best ever including Julio Cesar Chavez and Buddy McGirt.
Buck Smith's most impressive wins came from defeating Kirkland Laing, Robert Wangila, Rob Bleakley and Manuel Esparza.
Eric Fields (Ardmore, Oklahoma)
"Danger" is an active, as of 2015, boxer in the Cruiserweight division. As an amateur he won the National Golden Gloves competition two different times. As a professional Fields is a contender in the cruiserweight weight class and he has shown some skills with his foot movement, hand spped, power and reflexes. The good news for Fields is that he is still young enough to win a championship if he puts his all into doing it.
Eric Fields has some good wins including topping Romiro Reducindo, Kelvin Davis, Danny Batchelder and Jeff Yeoman.
Carson Jones (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
"Mr. Jones" is a contender, as of 2015, in the welterweight and junior middleweight divisions. His current record stands at: 37-10-3 with 27 knockouts. Known primarily for his great beard that seems to be able to take any shot and his own power which is capable of doing damage. Ask Kell Brook if Jones can punch. Jones severely broke Brook's nose during their matchup in England.
Carson Jones is still boxing but his best wins thus far have came against: Said Ouali, Ricardo Williams Jr., Brian Rose and Michael Clark.
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