Sep 2 2013, 7:10pm CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
Former WBO heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison died on Sunday at the age of 44.
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."
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.
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