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September 2, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison, who co-starred in "Rocky V" and had his career cut short when he tested positive for HIV, has died. He was 44. Morrison's longtime friend and former manager, Tony Holden, reported that the former boxer died in a Nebraska hospital on Sunday night. The cause of death was not released. Morrison, a hard-hitting fighter who was known as much for legal problems as his boxing prowess, was born in Arkansas and grew up in Oklahoma. He claimed the vacant World Boxing Organization heavyweight title with a unanimous decision over George Foreman on June 7, 1993, in Las Vegas.
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September 3, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Former heavyweight champion George Foreman made self-deprecation a big part of his comeback, but against Tommy Morrison in 1993, he briefly returned to the menacing intimidation that marked the first chapter of his career. “I was making a point at a press conference that to deliver the best punch, you've got to expose your chin, and how I was willing to do that,” Foreman said Tuesday, in his first comments since Morrison died at age 44 Sunday. Foreman recalled how Morrison took Foreman's words and converted them to rib the former heavyweight champion about his expanding waistline.
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September 2, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison, who starred in the 1990 movie "Rocky V" and later saw his fighting career shortened by a positive HIV test, has died. He was 44. Morrison died Sunday night at a Nebraska hospital, his former manager, Tony Holden, told the Associated Press. The fighter's family did not disclose the cause. In 1993, Morrison beat George Foreman for the World Boxing Organization heavyweight belt but soon lost it and a looming $7.5 -million payday to unheralded challenger Michael Bentt.
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September 2, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison, who co-starred in "Rocky V" and had his career cut short when he tested positive for HIV, has died. He was 44. Morrison's longtime friend and former manager, Tony Holden, reported that the former boxer died in a Nebraska hospital on Sunday night. The cause of death was not released. Morrison, a hard-hitting fighter who was known as much for legal problems as his boxing prowess, was born in Arkansas and grew up in Oklahoma. He claimed the vacant World Boxing Organization heavyweight title with a unanimous decision over George Foreman on June 7, 1993, in Las Vegas.
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November 16, 1990 | GARY KLEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Klein is a Pasadena writer
Street-wise and ring-toughened, Tommy Morrison seemed a perfect fit when the producers of "Rocky V" went searching for a young Midwestern boxer to play opposite Sylvester Stallone. Tall and blond, the Oklahoma-born Morrison appeared to possess the poise and background necessary for a successful Hollywood debut. Indeed, his great-uncle reportedly was the late Marion Morrison, who earned some fame as John Wayne. About the only thing missing from Tommy Morrison's resume was acting experience.
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May 15, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Tommy Morrison stopped Art Tucker at 1:12 of the second round to win their scheduled 10-round heavyweight fight at Atlantic City, N.J.
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March 31, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Heavyweight Tommy Morrison (36-1), in a tune-up for his June bout with George Foreman, knocked out Dan Murphy (39-10) at 1:10 of the third round in Kansas City.
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August 7, 1993
Any truth to the rumor that Riddick Bowe, Tommy Morrison and Lennox Lewis are lining up for a shot at Robin Ventura? MICHAEL HANNIN Woodland Hills
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September 2, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison, who starred in the 1990 movie "Rocky V" and later saw his fighting career shortened by a positive HIV test, has died. He was 44. Morrison died Sunday night at a Nebraska hospital, his former manager, Tony Holden, told the Associated Press. The fighter's family did not disclose the cause. In 1993, Morrison beat George Foreman for the World Boxing Organization heavyweight belt but soon lost it and a looming $7.5 -million payday to unheralded challenger Michael Bentt.
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May 28, 2000 | DAVID A. LIEB, ASSOCIATED PRESS
In moments of victory, Tommy "The Duke" Morrison used to stand in the ring with his big red boxing gloves raised triumphantly over his head. Now he stands with his hands clasped behind his back, the humble posture required when an inmate leaves his room at the Southwest Arkansas Community Punishment Center. The man who once was No. 1 is now inmate No. 610788.
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December 24, 1999 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison, who faces drug and weapons charges, is undergoing hospital tests at Fayetteville, Ark., to determine if he has AIDS. Morrison was at Washington Regional Medical Center on Thursday at the urging of his attorney, who said he had noticed a recent change in Morrison's physical and mental conditions. Attorney John Hudson said he asked Washington County jail officials to have Morrison tested to see if his HIV had developed into AIDS.
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November 3, 1996 | From Associated Press
HIV-infected boxer Tommy Morrison made quick and easy work of last-minute opponent Marcus Rhode with a knockout one minute 38 seconds into the first round of a bloodless fight Sunday. The bout marked former heavyweight champion Morrison's first time back in the ring since announcing in February he had contracted the AIDS-causing virus. "I'm trying to get the message out as a boxer, trying to erase the fear of AIDS," Morrison (46-3-1) said at ringside moments after beating Rhode (15-1) of St.
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November 3, 1996 | STEVE SPRINGER and SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Almost five years to the day that Magic Johnson stunned the nation by announcing that he was retiring from the Lakers because he had tested HIV-positive, an HIV-positive boxer stepped into a ring in Tokyo and knocked out his opponent in less than two minutes.
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November 2, 1996 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Heavyweight boxer Tommy Morrison, who tested positive for HIV earlier this year, says his return to the ring is safe and there is no cause for alarm. "I don't want to put anybody's life in danger," the 27-year-old Oklahoman said Friday. He said he never would have considered fighting again had he believed there was any chance of passing his infection in the ring. Morrison (45-3-1) is to fight Marcus Rhode (15-1) of St. Joseph, Mo., on the undercard of the George Foreman-Crawford Grimsley bout.
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October 31, 1996 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Exit Anthony Cooks. Enter Marcus Rhode. Tommy Morrison changed punching bags Wednesday, but he hasn't changed his mind about going ahead with Sunday's controversial heavyweight match in Japan even though Akio Yasuhara of the Japan Boxing Commission Foundation said his organization would almost certainly bar Morrison from boxing if it had the power to do so. At issue is the fact that Morrison is HIV-positive.
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October 30, 1996 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Think boxing has exhausted its supply of controversy, confusion and craziness? Wait until Sunday. If a heavyweight fight between two Oklahomans goes off as scheduled that day in Tokyo, there will be a fighter in one corner who has tested HIV-positive. In the other corner is scheduled to be a fighter who has two arrest warrants out for him, one for rape and the other on drug charges. In between them will be a referee possibly wearing protective goggles.
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