Boxing: Ex-Champ Tommy Morrison Passes Away at 44

Former WBO heavyweight champion Tommy Morisson died in Nebraska on Sunday at the age of 44.

Sep 2 2013, 7:10pm CDT | by

Boxing: Ex-Champ Tommy Morrison Passes Away at 44
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Former WBO heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison died on Sunday at the age of 44. 

ESPN's Elizabeth Merill reports Morrison died at 11:50 p.m. in Omaha, Nebraska with his wife Trisha beside him. This was confirmed by Morrison's longtime promoter, Tony Holden.  

Morrison's positive HIV test in 1996 all but ended his boxing career, whose highlight was his 1993 victory over George Foreman to win the HBO heavyweight title.

He denied ever having HIV. Trisha Morrison insisted that he had Guillain-Barre Syndrome instead, per Merill. 

Morrison lost in his first title defense to a virtual unknown, Michael Bentt, before he got knocked out in the sixth round by Lennox Lewis in October 1995. He had previously won his first 28 professional fights. 

Holden offered no specific comment about Morrison's passing. 

"I don't know what the official cause of death at the hospital will be.

"You prepare for things like this, and still you feel like you got hit by a truck when you hear the news." 

Morrison, known as "The Duke," lived the last 20 years of his life with "extensive legal troubles, erratic behavior and mounting health problems," according to Dave Skretta of the Associated Press

Holden describes Morrison as "stubborn" but they still managed to iron out their differences. 

"Tommy's a very stubborn person and he views things the way he wants to view things. That's his right and privilege. All through his career, him and I would come not to physical blows but disagreements on certain things. We always ended up friends. That was Tommy."  

Morrison's final ring record stands at 48-3-1 with 42 knockouts. 

 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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