September 2, 2013 |
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.
May 28, 2000 |
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.
December 24, 1999 |
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.
November 3, 1996 |
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.
November 3, 1996 |
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.
November 2, 1996 |
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.