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SPECULATION MOUNTS AS MORRISON SUSPENDED BY BOXING GROUP
Published February 12, 1996
TOMMY MORRISON remained at home in Oklahoma "as concern grew in the boxing community" that he has tested positive for the HIV virus, according to the N.Y. TIMES. Morrison, "one of the sport's most popular campaigners," received an indefinite medical suspension from the NV Athletic Commission on Saturday before he was about to fight. NV is the "only major boxing state that requires boxers" to have mandatory pre-fight blood tests for HIV -- and, while no one would confirm the results, "all signs seem to point toward that fact" (Gerald Eskenazi, N.Y. TIMES, 2/12). MAGIC JOHNSON, on Morrison: "I hope that, first of all, he's all right. He can do a wonderful job in helping people educate themselves about HIV and AIDS. I hope that he's going to get into that fight" ("Sports Tonight," CNN, 2/11).