Friday, February 23, 2007
Former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison stopped John Castle in the second round of their fight last night and started his return back to the heavweight boxing scene with a bang, 11 years after he first reportedly tested positive for HIV.
Morrison was happy with his performance considering it had been so long since he last fought and has plans on getting back into the ring as soon as March…
“I’m pretty happy with the way I fought,” Morrison said. “I would rate myself about a 6½ considering how long I have been out of the ring. The last thing you lose as a heavyweight is your power.”
“I want to fight again, maybe twice in March,” he said. “My timing was off, but timing is feeling it, getting the rhythm. That’s the last thing you get back. I have a ways to go there. My power is still there. The rest will come. I am just excited to be back.”
Castle stated after the fight that the bout almost didn’t happen until he saw Morrison’s medical tests:
“Wouldn’t you? I was going to refuse to fight,” Castle told the New York Daily News. “I asked to see his medical tests and they showed me three tests where he was negative for HIV. That’s the only way I would fight.”
David Tua also won his comeback fight last night, defeating Robert Hawkins last night in a 10 round unanimous decision.
After the fight Tua made it known that he is in this for nothing but the gold…
“Winning the world championship is the only thing that matters and I’m going to do everything in my power to reach that goal,” the 34-year-old Tua said.
“Two or three more fights dand I’ll be ready,” Tua said. “I am putting everything aside to concentrate on my goal.”
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Undefeated Philadelphia heavyweight Malik Scott takes on Ramon Hayes in the scheduled eight-round main event this Thursday, February 22nd at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California.
For Scott (26-0, 10 KOs), this will mark his second straight appearance at Tachi. Back in December he posted a unanimous decision win over rugged Andrew Greeley.
Presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, the Scott-Hayes match up is just one of three exciting heavyweight contests on the Tachi Palace card.