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Oklahoma boxer has an angel in his corner

Posted at 10:25 PM, Aug 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-23 23:25:59-04

BROKEN ARROW, OK (KJRH) — Trey Lippe Morrison is known in Oklahoma for being a hometown boxer, and the son of the great Tommy Morrison. But to a special Vinita family, he’s known as a best friend.

When Trey returned home to fight, he did so with an empty wheelchair in his corner. It was to remember a special girl who fought alongside him.

“She became my number one fan, and she never missed a fight while she was here,“ Morrison said. “The way I’ve been doing stuff in boxing, I’ve always been isolated and by myself, so it was good to have [her]. It gave me a break for a second, it gave me a piece of home for a little bit.”

Her name was Lyndsey. Lyndsey was born with hydrocephalus - high-functioning but bound to a wheelchair. She was there for her friend Trey since his first fight, but died two years ago. Trey still keeps her memory with him wherever he goes.

"She’s someone I always fought for," Morrison said. "So just because she’s gone in this lifetime doesn’t mean her spirit is gone.”

Her mom Chrystal Green remains close with Trey, as they hold on to Lyndsey's memory together.

"He was really this humble human being that passionately cared for a little girl that stole his heart,” Green said,

Trey and Lyndsey had a tradition from his first fight; whenever he would head to the ring, he would stop at her wheelchair parked at his corner, give her a hug, and head on up.

Trey is 16-0 with 16 knockouts, and keeps that tradition alive, even though there's no longer anyone in the seat.

"As soon as I walk out, and I lay eyes on that wheelchair with her picture on it, she’s there,” Morrison said.

He also makes sure to look at her before every fight.

"On her headstone I have a portrait of her drawn coming out of her wheelchair, reaching for heaven," Green said, "So now, whenever he walks to the ring, the image that’s on the back of his towel is of Lyndsey.”

Lyndsey died two years ago Sunday. Even though trey didn’t get to fight Friday night, he still kept her wheelchair with him, so their tradition lives on.

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