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A New Fight : After Second HIV Test Is Positive, Reflective Morrison Takes Blame

February 16, 1996|STEVE SPRINGER | TIMES STAFF WRITER

"I would like to ask everyone out there not to a say a prayer for me, but to say a prayer for the true victims of this disease, those being the HIV-infected children of this world," he said. "I had a choice, but they don't.

"And to all my young fans out there, I would ask that you no longer see me as a role model, but see me as an individual who had an opportunity to be a role model, but blew it."

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British heavyweight Lennox Lewis, the last man to fight Morrison, expressed concern for Morrison on Thursday but also said he is confident he was not exposed to HIV in the Oct. 7 fight at Atlantic City, N.J., during which Morrison's face was badly cut.

Lewis, who will be tested at the end of this month as part of routine, compulsory screening in Britain, said he favors mandatory testing for all fighters worldwide.

Meanwhile, former world heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson, chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission, said his comments earlier in the week that he had "just heard of AIDS" had been misinterpreted.

Patterson, 61, said he knew first-hand the agony of AIDS since his brother died of AIDS complications almost a decade ago.

"I regret that some of my comments were misinterpreted," he said. "The issue of AIDS in the boxing ring has been brought to the forefront by recent events. I've been associated with boxing for almost my entire life, but AIDS is a relatively recent phenomenon that is being addressed in all facets of our daily lives and boxing is no exception."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Morrison's Record

45 wins (39 KOs), 3 losses, 1 draw

1988

* Nov. 10-- William Muhammad (KO 1)

* Nov. 30-- Tony Dewar (KO 1)

1989

* Jan. 12-- Joe Adams (KO 1)

* Jan. 17-- Elvin Evans (KO 1)

* Jan. 24-- Mike Foley (KO 1)

* Feb. 9-- Traore Ali (KO 4)

* Feb. 24-- Lee Moore (KO 2)

* Mar. 29-- Alan Jamison (KO 1)

* April 22-- Lorenzo Boyd (KO 2)

* May 14-- Mike Mc Grady (KO 1)

* June 11-- Rick Nelson (KO 2)

* June 25-- Steve Zouski (W 4)

* July 3-- Aaron Brown (W 6)

* Aug. 8-- Patrick Robinson (KO 2)

* Aug. 22-- Jesse Shelby (KO 2)

* Sept. 5-- Rick Enis (KO 1)

* Sept. 19-- David Jaco (KO 1)

* Oct. 17-- Harry Terrell (KO 1)

* Oct. 26-- Charles Hostettler (KO 1)

* Nov. 14-- Lorenzo Canady (W 6)

* Dec. 7-- Ken Lakusta (W 6)

1990

* June 9-- Charlie Woolard (KO 2)

* Oct. 4-- John Morton (KO 5)

* Nov. 8-- Mike Acey (KO 1)

1991

* Jan. 11-- James Tillis (KO 1)

* Feb. 20-- Pinklon Thomas (KO 1)

* April 19-- Yuri Vaulin (KO 5)

* June 27-- Ladislao Mijangos (KO 1)

* Oct. 16-- Ray Mercer (L 5)

1992

* Feb. 16-- Bob Quarry (KO 2)

* March 20-- Jerry Halstead (KO 5)

* April 23-- Kimmuel Odum (KO 3)

* May 14-- Art Tucker (KO 2)

* June 27-- Joe Hipp (KO 9)

* Dec. 12-- Marshall Tillman (KO 1)

1993

* Jan. 16-- Carl Williams (KO 8)

* March 30-- Dan Murphy (KO 3)

* June 7-- George Foreman (W 12)

(Won vacant WBO heavyweight title)

* Aug. 30-- Tim Tomashek (KO 4)

(Non-title match)

* Oct. 29-- Michael Bentt (L 1)

(Lost WBO heavyweight title)

1994

* Feb. 20-- Tui Toia (KO 3)

* March 27-- Bryan Scott (KO 2)

* May 24-- Sherman Griffin (W 10)

* July 28-- Ross Puritty (D 10)

1995

* Feb. 7-- Ken Merritt (KO 1)

* March 6-- Marselles Brown (KO 3)

* May 1-- Terry Anderson (KO 7)

* June 10-- Razor Ruddock (KO 6)

* Oct. 7-- Lennox Lewis (L 6)

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