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Tommy Morrison, the former Heavy Weight Champion died

Sep 4, 2013 15:46 IST

Tommy Morrison, the former heavy weight champion, who was diagnosed positive for HIV died at the age of 44, on 1 September 2013 at a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. As a boxer, he was nicknamed as The Duke and in his entire boxing career; he played 52 professional fights and lost only 3 of them.  

Morrison came in limelight in the year 1993 after he defeated George Foreman to win the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Heavyweight Title.  He also gained popularity. He also became famous after being casted as a co-star against Sylvester Stallone in the 1990 boxing movie Rocky V.

About Tommy Morrison

• In the year 1996, he was tested positive with HIV before a fight against Arthur Weathers, which effectively ended his career as a professional boxer.
• He was born in Gravette, Arkansas and was an Irish-American raised in Delaware country of Oklahoma
• He started his professional boxing career in November 1988, in which he was knocked out by William Mohammad in New York city

• He fought against some of the legends of the boxing world namely Ray Mercer, Carl Williams, Tim Tomashek, Ross Puritty and others


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