The first appearance of 2017 for Trey Lippe-Morrison will have to wait a little longer.
The second-generation heavyweight - who made a big splash with a 1st round knockout of Ed Lattimore in his Showtime-televised debut last September - was forced to withdraw from a planned June 9 appearance on the network's long-running ShoBox series. A broken hand has put Lippe-Morrison on the sidelines for the next few weeks, and thus out of the mix for a planned Hall of Fame weekend special edition of ShoBox live from Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York, just one exit away from the bungalow-sized boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota.
"This is a minor setback," said Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who currently guides Lippe-Morrison's career.
Lippe-Morrison (13-0, 13KOs) apparently suffered the injury earlier in the month, as he underwent hand surgery on April 7.
There was no rest and relaxation for the 27-year old Tulsa, Oklahoma native, who is the son of the late former heavyweight contender Tommy Morrison.
"This kid not only has talent but he's an extremely hard worker," insists Roach. "He was back in the gym two days after surgery."
Unfortunately what he is not, is a miracle healer. As such, he will be forced to sit on an inactive period extending back to last December, when he was last seen blasting out Ty Cobb inside of two rounds.
Lippe-Morrison has been a knockout every time out, with all but one career bout ending in two rounds or less. The June 9 show would have marked his first trip outside of the midwestern U.S. region, which will likely serve as the region for his eventual first appearance of 2017 now pushed back to beyond the summer months.
“I spoke with ShoBox's Gordon Hall and he was confident that Trey will be back on the series by the end of the year," insists Tony Holden, Lippe-Morrison's promoter. "I'm pushing to have a ShoBox card with Trey and Ivan Baranchyk together in Miami, OK or Joplin, MO this fall."