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SPECULATION MOUNTS AS MORRISON SUSPENDED BY BOXING GROUP

     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).
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