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January 25, 2011
FORMER WBO heavyweight champion Tommy "The Duke" Morrison wants to resume his boxing career at 42, which on the face of it isn't as ridiculous as it might seem. George Foreman ended a 10-year retirement in 1987 and on Nov. 5, 1994, at the improbable age of 45, won a version of the heavyweight title for the second time by starching Michael Moorer in the 10th round. Ageless wonder Bernard Hopkins remains an elite fighter at 46. Heck, even 48-year-old Evander Holyfield is still active and making noises about how he can win the heavyweight championship for a record fifth time.
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March 22, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
Tommy Morrison says he expects to reverse his HIV-positive status and return to boxing. Morrison said the virus that causes AIDS will disappear from his body and, "I believe that in about eight months I'll return to the ring. " Morrison made the comment on ESPNET SportsZone, a computer chat room. "I believe it's going to puzzle a lot of people. I believe I know how I got it, and I believe I know how to get it to disappear," Morrison said of the virus. "How do I make it disappear?
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October 6, 1995 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
As heavyweight boxing's longstanding "Great White Hope," Tommy Morrison said he is held to a higher standard than non-white fighters because of the color of his skin. "In the past, I've been subject to so much more criticism than black fighters and Indian fighters and Hispanic fighters," said Morrison (45-2-1, 39 knockouts), who takes on former World Boxing Council champion Lennox Lewis (27-1, 23 KOs), a black Englishman, in an HBO-televised fight tomorrow night in Atlantic city Convention Hall.
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September 24, 1996 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer Sports writer Bill Fleischman contributed to this report
Tommy Morrison, the HIV-positive heavyweight who announced his retirement seven months ago after his condition became public, found an unlikely ally in his campaign to fight one more time. Two-time former heavyweight champion George Foreman, who was outpointed by Morrison for the vacant World Boxing Organization title June 7, 1993, said he wouldn't object to being Morrison's opponent if and when Morrison can find a state that would sanction the fight. Morrison said last week he will return to the ring on a one-time basis to raise money to help children infected with the AIDS virus.
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December 24, 1999 | Daily News Wire Services
Former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison, who faces drug and weapons charges, is undergoing tests to determine if his HIV has developed into AIDS. Morrison was at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Ark., yesterday at the urging of his attorney, who said he had noticed a recent change in Morrison's physical and mental conditions. Lawyer John Hudson said he asked Washington County jail officials to have Morrison tested to see if his HIV status has changed.
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May 15, 1992 | By Robert Seltzer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tommy Morrison, choosing a well-worn trail for his comeback, knocked out Art Tucker in the second round of a scheduled 10-round heavyweight bout last night at Harrah's Casino/Hotel. Morrison, who suffered a devastating knockout by Ray Mercer last fall, picked an easier opponent in Tucker, who has lost to such contenders as Riddick Bowe and Tim Witherspoon. The end came at 1 minute, 12 seconds of the second round. Morrison landed a crushing left hook to the jaw that sent Tucker crashing to the canvas, his head bouncing off the floor as a ringside official rushed over to remove his mouthpiece.
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August 18, 1996 | By Michael Katz, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tommy Morrison bloodied and knocked out a boxer in 1989 who died of AIDS-related illnesses in 1991. Morrison didn't say a word then, and he didn't say a word in February when he tested positive for the HIV virus. And boxing has kept quiet, too. "What's the point?" Tony Holden, Morrison's friend and former promoter, said from Tulsa, Okla. "Tommy believes in privacy, especially for the family. " Holden said it was "obvious" that Morrison did not contract the disease through contact with Rick Nelson, the Minnesota journeyman who died in 1991.
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July 29, 1994 | By Matt Toll, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Tommy Morrison's comeback is alive, if not kicking. Knocked down twice in his heavyweight bout against unknown Ross Puritty, Morrison last night did little to shed his image as an underachieving fighter. And he left the ring no closer to a heavyweight title challenge than he had entered it. Morrison escaped with a draw in the Atlantic City Convention Hall's ballroom, but it was Puritty - an unknown who learned he would fight 10 days ago - who left the ring proclaiming victory.
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February 12, 1996 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
Former World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison was forced to withdraw from his scheduled 10-round bout with Arthur "Stormy" Weathers after being handed what Nevada State Athletic Commission officials termed an "international medical suspension. " NSAC executive director Marc Ratner would not elaborate on Saturday's stunning turn of events, citing privacy laws, but the Associated Press, citing a source familiar with the testing, said it was because the Jay, Okla.
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February 15, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
Promoter Don King says he will require all fighters on his future boxing promotions to be tested for the virus that causes AIDS. "On every one of my promotions from here on in, all the fighters will have to be properly tested," King said in a statement. King's comments came in the wake of heavyweight Tommy Morrison's positive test for HIV, resulting in the cancellation of his fight Saturday in Las Vegas. Nevada is the only major boxing state to require HIV testing before bouts.
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January 25, 2011
FORMER WBO heavyweight champion Tommy "The Duke" Morrison wants to resume his boxing career at 42, which on the face of it isn't as ridiculous as it might seem. George Foreman ended a 10-year retirement in 1987 and on Nov. 5, 1994, at the improbable age of 45, won a version of the heavyweight title for the second time by starching Michael Moorer in the 10th round. Ageless wonder Bernard Hopkins remains an elite fighter at 46. Heck, even 48-year-old Evander Holyfield is still active and making noises about how he can win the heavyweight championship for a record fifth time.
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April 28, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison was pulled from a scheduled bout last night because state boxing officials didn't get the results of lab tests in time. Dick Cole, boxing administrator for the state's Department of Licensing and Regulation, said a Houston doctor, Jorge Guerrero, examined Morrison on Thursday and cleared him to fight. But Guerrero never filed the paperwork required by the agency, Cole said. Morrison, 38, is attempting to come back after an 11-year retirement following the discovery that he was HIV positive.
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April 28, 2000 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
A few years ago, before one of Lennox Lewis' bouts on HBO, he appeared in an HBO-produced commercial in which he took tea with a sparring partner and sounded very much like a character on "Masterpiece Theatre. " "Will that be one lump or two?" asked Lewis, a London native, in his most aristocratic tones. That television spot thoroughly agitated Lewis' American trainer, Emanuel Steward, who comes from a gritty section of Detroit that produces few entries in anyone's social register.
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December 24, 1999 | Daily News Wire Services
Former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison, who faces drug and weapons charges, is undergoing tests to determine if his HIV has developed into AIDS. Morrison was at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Ark., yesterday at the urging of his attorney, who said he had noticed a recent change in Morrison's physical and mental conditions. Lawyer John Hudson said he asked Washington County jail officials to have Morrison tested to see if his HIV status has changed.
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November 27, 1999 | Daily News Wire Services
Former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison was again behind bars yesterday, facing weapons and public intoxication charges after running from a car accident in Huntsville, Ark. The Thanksgiving Day arrest occurred as the 30-year-old boxer was free on $3,500 bail. He is awaiting trial Dec. 21 on previous drug and weapons charges, and authorities expect his bail to be revoked. Morrison fled into the woods when the Corvette in which he was riding ran off the road and hit some trees about 4 miles west of Huntsville, the Madison County sheriff's department said.
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July 2, 1999 | Daily News Wire Services
A judge ordered retired heavyweight Tommy Morrison yesterday to undergo a competency evaluation, rather than sentencing him on a drunken-driving charge. Tulsa (Okla.) County Special Judge Kyle Haskins delayed sentencing after Morrison's attorney told him a presentencing background report was not ready. The judge then expressed doubts about Morrison's competency. "If I were to simply sentence you today while harboring concerns about your competency, that would be improper," Haskins said.
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July 17, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
Former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison was arrested in Broken Arrow, Okla., early yesterday on suspicion of drunken driving, destruction of private property and running a red light. Morrison, who was booked into the Tulsa County Jail, is appealing a six-month jail term imposed in January in a Delaware County drunken driving case. Broken Arrow detective Chris Slaton said an officer pulled Morrison over at 3:42 a.m. for running a red light. Earlier, Slaton said, Morrison had tried to fill up with gas at a closed station, and then drove off with the nozzle and hose still hooked to the Jeep Cherokee.
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January 7, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
Former heavyweight boxer Tommy Morrison was sentenced to six months in jail yesterday after being found guilty in Jay, Okla., in a drunken-driving case. Special District Judge Alicia Littlefield followed a jury's sentence recommendation, despite a plea to consider Morrison's health. The former boxer is HIV-positive. Morrison quietly munched sunflower seeds during the proceeding and showed no emotion at the sentence. Free on bond pending appeal, Morrison left the courthouse without comment.
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October 31, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
A new opponent was quickly found for HIV-infected heavyweight Tommy Morrison, and it appears he'll be a much more difficult foe than the one Morrison was supposed to meet in Tokyo this weekend. Anthony Cooks, originally scheduled to fight Morrison, was wanted by law enforcement authorities in Oklahoma and, promoter Ron Weathers said yesterday, was on his way back to that state. Cooks flew in from training camp last night and asked a jailer to pick him up so he could surrender, Okmulgee County, Okla.
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September 24, 1996 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer Sports writer Bill Fleischman contributed to this report
Tommy Morrison, the HIV-positive heavyweight who announced his retirement seven months ago after his condition became public, found an unlikely ally in his campaign to fight one more time. Two-time former heavyweight champion George Foreman, who was outpointed by Morrison for the vacant World Boxing Organization title June 7, 1993, said he wouldn't object to being Morrison's opponent if and when Morrison can find a state that would sanction the fight. Morrison said last week he will return to the ring on a one-time basis to raise money to help children infected with the AIDS virus.
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