Tommy Morrison Comeback
Thursday, January 11, 2007
The Arizona Republic is reporting that Tommy Morrison is waiting for the results of a blood test he recently took for the Arizona State Boxing Commission in an attempt to get a license to fight.
Even if the results are negative for HIV, ASBC boss John Montano still wants to watch Morrison workout in a gym to prove he is still physically fit to compete. This will be followed by multiple commission meetings featuring boxing experts, doctors, and various other officials.
Morrison’s possible return could actually happen on January 19th as promoter Peter McKinn would like to compete on a Top Rank and Bob Arum card to start things off.
If the blood work produces a negative result, commission head John Montano wants to watch Morrison sparring in the gym.
Local Phoenix promoter Peter McKinn is shooting to have Morrison return in a four-round bout on a Jan. 19 Top Rank-promoted card and two opponents are apparently ready to fight him on that date if necessary.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Mike Freeman takes a look a Tommy Morrison’s denial of having HIV, and whether or not it should matter if he fights.
There are only two possibilities when it comes to Morrison. He is either understandably denying the painful fact that he has contracted a terminal illness, or he is the victim of a monstrous scheme that would put every other boxing scandal to distinct shame and supermarket tabloids on red alert.
The likelihood is that Morrison did contract the virus and there is no false positive. There must be a part of him that knows this. When speaking to Morrison, a fighter I have long admired for his hard punches and courage in the ring, he vacillates between the two opposites, using language that seems to acknowledge he is HIV positive, and verbiage that conversely says he does not have it.
In one breath, he talks about lacking any symptoms, and uses phrases like false positives. In another, he says there is no known case of HIV transmission from athlete to athlete, and how that fact should allow him to fight again, how his viral levels are almost non-existent and how if his license is not reinstated, he might sue to get it back.
It’s thought provoking, if nothing else.
A massive conspiracy? A denial of grand proportions? Or something that might not matter at all if he has a willing opponent?
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison is planning on resuming his boxing career ten years after being suspended from boxing for testing HIV positive. He plans to present his case to the Phoenix State Athletic Commission sometime this week in order to acquire a new license. His attorney, Randy Lang, stated that Morrison has only been tested once for HIV since 1996.
The possible risks seem to be too high for possible opponents of Morrison, who will probably encounter a very hard time trying to find a fighter who will stand across the ring from him, even if he does pass state tests.