Tommy Morrison Boxed While HIV Positive For 7 Years
sussman171 04:55 pm, July 21st, 2016
One of the biggest new stories of 1996 was the revelation that professional boxer and heavyweight champion of the world, Tommy Morrison, was diagnosed as HIV positive. Morrison was 48-3 at the time and considered one of the sport's best pound-for-pound fighters. The diagnosis shocked the boxing world and obviously forced Morrison to retire. He would pass away in 2013 due to complications from AIDS.
Morrison tried to return to boxing in 2006, claiming that he was now testing negatively for HIV. Despite the results of certain blood tests agreeing to Morrison's claims, Morrison could not acquire a professional boxing license. Seemingly until he died, Morrison denied that he was HIV positive and declared that the 1996 test by the Nevada Athletic Commission was a false positive. He didn't, however, reveal that this wasn't the first HIV-positive test result that Morrison had. No, that came in 1989.
According to Law Newz, Morrison fought for seven years knowing that he was HIV positive. In fact, he even boasted about it.
"...not only did Morrison reportedly admit to being diagnosed as HIV positive seven years before he was forced to retire, but he apparently bragged about hiding his illness from the boxing commission and from women with whom he had unprotected sex."
If the report is true, it's extremely scary. According to the Law Newz report, boxers are able to go to their own doctors and get the required blood work at any lab they choose, per as long as it hasn't been previously red flagged. The only way that Morrison could have passed HIV tests during this time would have been if a doctor had sent HIV negative blood samples to the a lab. That's unethical, illegal, and really jut plain wrong.
In the seven years in between Morrison being diagnosed and revealing his illness, he fought over 30 times. Morrison would fight notable names such as George Foreman, Lennox Lewis and Ray Mercer.