Hello Friends in Recovery, Followers, and New Visitors,
I first want to wish ALL a Happy Labor Day! I put off my *Dear Diary page 5* today in honor of the Holiday, and wanted to share a Special Story instead of it being ALL ABOUT ME!! It’s GOOD to be outside our selves in Recovery, as it helps in our Life Balance to not be SO Vain!….LOL…WHO ME???…..LOL…AND….besides, nothing really FanTazmic happened over the weekend in our Quest in Relocating anyway!!…LOL…
I felt it MORE important to Share a Featured story that….Again, Breaks my Heart. My husband back in the day was a Fan of Boxer, Tommy Morrison. So I share this story with you for a couple of reasons. 1st, YOU know how I AM ABOUT STIGMA of others who suffer addictions, also around many illness and disorders, but this is the first I’ve touched on about *HIV*, and back in the day, there was a WHOLE-LOT-A-STIGMA GOING ON about HIV & Aids. So here is my SHARE for Today from my Book/Writers Blog at: http://simplesite.com/CatherineLyonAddictedToDimes
**BOXER, TOMMY MORRISON DEAD AT 44, Was it HIV or Something ELSE?**
As many know I live my Life in Recovery, and so do many others, as Rich, Famous, Celebrity, or just a nobody. But when all that is peeled away, we are all just Human Beings trying to just make it in this world.
ANOTHER thing that fascinates me, is how The Media likes to but a Spin on a story that MOST times is false. SO, Here is this week’s Story, and Yes, it’s another Boxer….
9/2/2013~~I Have Compassion for those who live with HIV…..
Ex-boxing champ Morrison dies at 44
Updated Sep 2, 2013 12:37 PM ET
Tommy Morrison, the former heavyweight champion who stood toe-to-toe with Lennox Lewis and George Foreman and later tested positive for HIV, died Monday. He was 44.
Morrison died Sunday night at a Nebraska hospital, said Tony Holden, his longtime promoter and close friend. The family would not disclose the cause of death.
In 1993, Morrison beat Foreman to win the WBO heavyweight title, only to lose it to unheralded Michael Bentt in a defeat that scuttled a showdown with Lewis. Morrison would fight Lewis a couple of years later, getting knocked out in the sixth round in Atlantic City, N.J.
Morrison, nicknamed ”The Duke,” never reached the status of such contemporaries as Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, but it was surely a full career.
He was a prodigious puncher whose bid to fight in the 1988 Seoul Olympics ended at the hands of Ray Mercer, who later dealt Morrison his first professional loss. He had a starring role in ”Rocky V” alongside Sylvester Stallone. And perhaps most memorably, Morrison tested positive for HIV when the virus still carried a significant stigma, only to declare later the test was false.
Along with numerous legal issues, including a prison sentence that stemmed from weapons and drunk driving, Morrison’s name became attached to headlines that would eventually overshadow his work in the ring.
”If Tommy was fighting today, he no doubt would be a world champion,” Holden said. ”You have to look at who he was fighting in the `90s, the guys in that division were Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Roddick Bowe, Ray Mercer, George Foreman. There’s no one with that talent today. Tommy would absolutely dominate if he were in his prime boxing today.”
Morrison won his first 28 professional fights, beating faded champions such as Pinklon Thomas along the way. His career reached its apex in the summer of 1993 with a unanimous decision over Foreman, then in the midst of his comeback, to claim a vacant title.
As with so many things in Morrison’s life, the good was quickly followed by the bad.
Morrison was in line for a high-profile bout with Lewis when he was upset by Bentt in Tulsa, Okla., not far from where Morrison was raised. He was knocked down three times and the fight was called before the first round ended.
Along with the stinging defeat, Morrison saw a potential $7.5 million payday for a title unification fight against Lewis wash away.
”I zigged when I should have zagged,” Morrison said afterward. ”It’s one of those situations you have to live with and learn from it. I’ll be back.”
Morrison indeed came back, but he was never the same feared fighter. He beat a bunch of long shots and faded stars over the next couple of years before his loss to Lewis.
That fight happened in October 1995. By February, Morrison had tested positive for HIV.
He’d been preparing for another fight that winter when his blood test came back positive for the virus that causes AIDs. Morrison’s license was quickly suspended by Nevada, and the ban was, in effect, upheld by every other sanctioning body. Morrison said at a news conference he’d never fight again, blaming his plight on a ”permissive, fast and reckless lifestyle.”
His lifestyle never changed, though, even when he stepped away from the ring….
**He had already run afoul of the law in 1993, when he pleaded guilty to assaulting a college student. He also dealt with weapons charges and multiple DUI incidents over the years. He was finally sentenced to two years in prison in 2000, and another year was added to his sentence in 2002 for violating parole. **(See My Opinions)**
When he was released, Morrison said his HIV tests had resulted in false positives, and he wanted to resume his career. He passed medical tests in Arizona – even as Nevada stood by its decision – and returned to the ring. Morrison fought twice more in his career, winning once in West Virginia and for the final time in Mexico. He finished with a record of 48-3-1 with 42 knockouts.
”Tommy’s a very stubborn person and he views things the way he wants to view things. That’s his right and privilege,” Holden said. ”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.
”That’s the way Tommy took off after he was told he was HIV-positive,” Holden added. ”When he first was told, I was taking him to seek treatment and to different doctors around the country. And then he started research on the Internet and started saying it was a conspiracy. He went in that direction and never looked back”..
**THE Reason I choose this story of boxer Tommy Morrison is because my Husband watched a couple of his fights and thought in 1993, he’d have an awesome Career ahead of him, but after we watched the fight in Oct 1995, sadly, Morrison Tested Positive for HIV, and THE STIGMA back then was HIGH!! AND you know how I AM ABOUT *STIGMA*……**
*NOW, Here is another MEDIA SPIN & STORY about Tommy that begs to Question? *
Boxer Tommy Morrison dies — supposedly not from AIDS
If you followed the saga of boxer Tommy Morrison you might not be surprised to hear the news that the former heavyweight champion died Sunday night at just 44 years old.
Morrison beat the legendary George Foreman on June 7, 1993 to win the vacant WBO Heavyweight title. Foreman was well past his prime at that point, attempting one of his many comebacks, at age 44.
He lost the title just four months later to Michael Bentt, who knocked him down three times — and out — in the first round..
But Morrison’s fame was also established in 1989 when he starred in “Rocky V” as the main character’s protege, Tommy “The Machine” Gunn. (What a fortuitous last name!) The two eventually end up in a street brawl…
Morrison’s life got a lot more complicated when he failed a test for HIV in 1996 before fighting Arthur Weathers. He admitted to living a “reckless” lifestyle. The fight was cancelled and Morrison never fought a noteworthy bout again. (He fought two more in 2007 and 2008, though both are questionable in legitimacy. One was in Mexico, not the U.S.)
But Morrison claimed, right up until his death, that the result was a false positive. He even took multiple HIV tests in 2007, all of which were negative. It’s a whole lot more complicated though, with reports the blood wasn’t actually his and that he failed not just one test in 1996, but multiple tests after that. The New York Times did an in-depth story on Morrison when he tried to make a comeback in 2007 and ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” did as well..
His wife said, “he had Guillain-Barre Syndrome, not AIDS. Like I said, complicated”. All we know now is that Morrison was bed-ridden for months and died of major organ failure. An autopsy will reportedly be done…..
**SO I GUESS it’s hard to say what Boxer Tommy Morrison actually died from according to what Media Story you believe….My thoughts is he was a FANTASTIC BOXER in his day. He was later tore down by the media after testing Positive for HIV, and had an Alcoholism problem, with run in’s for Weapons and DUI charges, did some Prison time. BUT….For those of us who also are in Recovery, this seems normal when your sucked into the CYCLE of ANY Addiction.
I myself had a Criminal Record, Legal problems, in the WORST of my addicted gambling. We will at that point DO ANYTHING to stay in our addiction. WE STEAL, LIE, CHEAT………So for me it is sad to see a man so broken down. SADLY, some of us don’t get the chance to CHANGE our lives, or be HAPPY & Health in Recovery. THAT is what Hurts My HEART for Boxer Tommy Morrison. My Thoughts and Prayers to all his Family….God Bless Tommy,
Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon