Morrison Bout Cancelled Because of Late Lab Results

It’s late so here’s ESPN via the AP giving a quick rundown on what happened…

Former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison was pulled from a scheduled bout Friday 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 told Houston television station KRIV he was stunned when he learned the fight was canceled.

“I’ve done everything I was asked,” Morrison said. “These blood tests can take up to eight days. Yet they bring me in here five days before the fight. It almost feels like a setup.”

Cole said the agency is trying get the issue resolved.

“As soon as we get that in, he’ll be licensed,” Cole said. “They say he’s OK. But we can’t afford to just assume like that. I’m sure he is fine. But we need to have certain forms to prove it and we don’t have those.”

Morrison was slated to fight Dale Ortiz in a four-round bout in a Houston hotel ballroom.

“I thought it was a joke,” Morrison said about the canceled fight. “They dropped the ball, but I’m used to this kind of stuff.”

On Thursday, Patrick Shaughnessy, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, said Morrison had been granted a boxing license in Texas. Cole said the agency gave Morrison a “verbal agreement” to issue him a license, but it could not officially grant one until it received the paperwork. Cole expected to have the lab tests Thursday night, but he said the doctor could not finish them.

Posted by John Chandler on Apr 28, 2007 at 02:32 AM
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