Trey Lippe Morrison admits that even though he’s got 14 fights under his belt, he’s still learning.
“There’s always some things I can do better and work at,” he said. “I think I capitalized on a lot of that in this training camp. I may show some things I learned.”
Sure, he’ll be stepping into the ring at Chesapeake Energy Arena for the 15th time Saturday, June 30, when he faces Byron “The Bear” Polley in an eight-round heavyweight fight on the “Title Night OKC” undercard.
But he’s yet to go the distance in any of his 14 previous fights.
All have ended in knockouts and the longest Lippe Morrison has gone is four rounds.
The son of Tommy “The Duke” Morrison and a charter member of the Four State Franchise, Lippe Morrison has boxed a total of 22 rounds since becoming a pro in 2014. That’s barely 50 minutes out of the 52 three-minute rounds he was scheduled to fight.
In his last outing, which ended a two-year layoff, Lippe Morrison picked up a TKO win at 1:18 of the third round against Oswaldo Ortega on March 9 at the Deadwood (South Dakota) Grand.
“I hurt the guy with the body shots and the fight before that (Ty Cobb), I broke his ribs,” Lippe Morrison said.
Despite the lengthy layoff, Lippe-Morrison still is 19th among 325 heavyweight fighters in the United States, according to boxrec.com.
He’s also 77th in the world.
Lippe Morrison knows very little about Polley since the two were paired only late last week.
“I know he’s a little bigger guy and he likes the left hook,” Lippe Morrison said.
“I am going to try to attack his midsection. No one likes that. I am going to capitalize on that.
“Body shots will stick with you the whole fight and a couple days after. The head shots, you can shake that off.”
Polley, 38, has been fighting since 1999 — when Lippe Morrison was only10.
Polley has had seven title fights and two of his losses have come against big names — former International Boxing Federation world heavyweight champ Charles Martin (25-1-1) and Luis Ortiz (28-1), who lost to Deontay Wilder in March in a World Boxing Council world heavyweight championship fight.
Polley has lost his last three outings, including the last two by TKO.
Bob Arum’s Top Rank Boxing promotes the show.
The two main events are Gilberto Ramirez (37-0) of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, vs. Roamer Alexis Angulo (23-0) of Bogota, Colombia, in a 12-round World Boxing Organization World super middleweight title fight, and Alex Saucedo (27-0) of Oklahoma City goes up against Leonardo Zappavigna (37-3) in a 10-round super lightweight battle.
Other fights on the undercard include welterweights Mike Alvarado (38-426 KOs) vs. Martin Angel Martinez (18-14-1, 11 KOs), super featherweights Robson Conceicao (7-0, 4 KOs) vs. Gavin Guaman (5-2, 1 KO), super lightweights Julian Rodriguez (16-0, 10 KOs) vs. Alejandro Barboza (11-2, 7 KOs), lightweights Mikaela Mayer (5-0, 3 KOs) vs. Sheena Kaine (5-0, 1 KO), super featherweights Christopher Zavala (debut) vs. Tyler Pacheco (1-1), and bantamweights Aaron Morales (2-0, 2 KOs) vs. David Martino (6-4, 4 KOs).
“It’s an amazing card,” 4SF promoter Tony Holden said. “This kid from Oklahoma is the real deal — plus I got Trey on it.”
Saucedo was born in Mexico, but his family moved to Oklahoma City when he was 7. He’s ranked third in the World Boxing Organization.
The undercard will be on ESPN+ starting at 5 p.m. with the final two fights starting at 7 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.
“This is the biggest arena I have fought in, plus it’s on ESPN,” he said.
When configured for Thunder and other basketball games, it can seat 18,203 fans.