Shane Morton 1980-2008: Paying Tribute to fighter and a friend
By Benny Henderson Jr (March 19, 2008) Doghouse Boxing  
In covering the sport of boxing I have come across a lot of personalities, from the arrogant ones to the humble ones and everything in between. I have been blessed to be able hang out with world champions all the way to club fighters; I have befriended a lot in the boxing world. And although how unprofessional it may be, I have gotten close to a select few.

When that one person you have close ties with wins, you win; if they lose, you feel that loss; the pain, the triumph and all
they come in contact with rubs on you. So when I heard the news that a friend and former stablemate had passed away, after the initial shock of the news, I felt that I owed a tribute to the fallen fighter, not only for him, but for his family and friends as well.  

I met Shane Morton a few years back attending a Slug Out show in Arkansas; we also fought twice on the same card together. I remember at the second show during the weigh in and medicals we were chatting it up. From my recollection Shane was a meek fellow, not a real loud guy but more than willing to talk boxing. He seemed to me like a real stand up guy, just a real good fellow. His uncle Greg told Doghouse Boxing that Shane was more than willing to help out with the shows, working corners and taping shows for the local fighters, and I have personally seen Shane at the shows giving out his help.

Shane, a self employed painter with aspirations to fight, made his professional debut in 2005; his brother Chris is a boxer as well. Shane competed as a heavyweight, and although he had only one win out of his four bouts, Shane was a wholehearted competitor.

A stablemate and friend of Shane’s, Josh Hammock, recalls, “He may not of won every single fight he was in but he had one of the biggest hearts I have ever seen.” Josh continued, “I specifically remember him fighting Rick Dyer.  
Rick was about a foot taller than Shane and outweighed him tremendously. But yet for three rounds Shane took a beating and kept coming and coming waiving for Rick to come on, the Slug Out family was blessed to have such a person in it.”

Shane’s uncle Greg, who is the ring announcer for many of the Slug Out shows, spoke about his late nephew. “I owe Shane a lot, I would not have achieved some of my greatest goals if it hadn't been for Shane, he was the one who introduced me to Stacy and started my career as a professional ring announcer and I will always owe him a big for that.”

Shane, who had celebrated his twenty-seventh birthday a few months back, passed away March 11th, and was laid to rest this past Monday in Baptist Ford Cemetery in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Shane left two daughters behind and a whole lot of friends and family that will dearly miss the man.

Shane helped out with the fighters, and was a fighter himself; most importantly he was a friend to many.

I close with a quote from his friend Josh Hammock, “Shane Morton was a great guy, full of life and never had anything bad to say about anyone. He always had a smile on his face and was always excited about the fights; he will be greatly missed… May God bless your soul Shane, rest in peace brother.”

On behalf of Doghouse Boxing, our thoughts and prayers go out to Shane and his family.

Memorials can be made to the Thomas Shane Craig Morton Memorial Fund, Account 17919540, at any Arvest Bank in Arkansas.

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