Tommy Morrison

American heavyweight boxer Tommy Morrison

Tommy Morrison born January 2, 1969, is an American heavyweight boxer and a former World Boxing Organization champion. He lost only three out of a total of 52 professional fights. Morrison's nickname, "The Duke," is based on disputed claims that he is a grandnephew of Hollywood star John Wayne. Morrison was a co-star with Sylvester Stallone in the 1990 boxing movie Rocky V. Morrison's professional boxing career ended for many years when he tested positive for HIV in 1996.
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Illinois' Pensions System Saw One Important Change in 1989
Huffington Post - almost 3 years
The following is an excerpt from the pension history section of the General Assembly's 2015 report on the condition of Illinois' pension systems: "Eventually, this debt's going to come due, folks. So, you know, realize that in this bill there are all kinds of windows that have been opened for all kinds of people... special situations that everybody around here has asked for. But the fact of the matter is, that doesn't cost much. What really costs the money is the 3 percent compounding. I have no objection to it, if you want to set aside a billion dollars to pay pension benefits, But if you don't, then maybe you'd better back off a little bit." --State Sen. Calvin Schuneman (R-Prophetstown), June 30, 1989 It's been nearly 26 years since Sen. Calvin Schuneman (R-Prophetstown) tried to warn his colleagues in Springfield that what was being treated as an innocuous adjustment in public pension rules was a disaster waiting to happen. On June 30, 1989, the Illinois Senate deba...
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Tommy Morrison dies at 44; former heavyweight boxing champion
LATimes - over 4 years
In 1993, Tommy Morrison beat George Foreman for the WBO heavyweight title. He also played Tommy Gunn in 'Rocky V.' His career was cut short by a positive HIV test in 1996. Former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison, who starred in the 1990 movie "Rocky V" and later saw his fighting career shortened by a positive HIV test, has died. He was 44.
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Tommy Morrison Dead - 'Rocky V' Star Dies at 44 ( - over 4 years Tommy Morrison Dead — ‘Rocky V’ Star Dies at 44  —  Tommy Morrison — a former heavyweight boxing champ and star of “Rocky V” — died in a Nebraska hospital Sunday night ... after a long battle with AIDS.  —  Morrison's longtime boxing promoter, Tony Holden, confirmed the death.
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Boxing-Former heavyweight champion Morrison dies at 44
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Sept 2 (Reuters) - Former world heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison, who was widely known for his power-punching style, a charismatic smile and role in the "Rocky V" movie, has died at the age of 44. The boxer's former promoter, Tony Holden, told the Tulsa World that Morrison had died on Sunday night in a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska but no official cause of death was given. "He was with his wife Trisha when he passed," Holden said. Morrison, 48-3-1 with 42 knockouts, reached the pinnacle of his career when he beat George Foreman in 1993 to capture the World Boxing Organisation title. ...
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Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison Dies at 44
New York Times - over 4 years
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.     
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Former heavyweight champion boxer Tommy Morrison dies at 44
Fox News - over 4 years
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.
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More politicians like Rep. Morrison
Chicago Times - about 5 years
Your assessment of State Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) in your editorial on Jan. 9 (“The cowards surrender”) was completely off the mark and flawed.
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Heavyweight Gossip: Mike Tyson Hot for Sarah Palin, Tommy Morrison Arrested ... - (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
The charges apparently stem from a 2010 arrest in Kansas that were thought by Morrison to be dropped, but as is usual with Tommy Morrison these days, the exact details of this incident are muddled and confusing. Morrison's life has been in pretty much
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  • 2013
    On September 1, 2013, Morrison died at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 44.
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    In August 2013, Elizabeth Merrill of reported that Morrison's mother Diana disclosed that Tommy had "full-blown AIDS" and was "in his final days."
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  • 2011
    Tommy and Trisha Morrison were married in 2011.
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  • 2002
    On April 3, 2002, he was sentenced to another year in prison after violating parole in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but was given credit for time previously served.
  • 2000
    On January 14, 2000, Morrison was sentenced to two years in prison on the September 16 charges.
  • 1999
    While awaiting trial on the September 16 charges, Morrison was again arrested on charges of intoxication and possessing a weapon while a felon in November 1999.
    On September 16, 1999, the police stopped Morrison for driving erratically and found drugs and weapons in his car, which resulted in various drugs and firearms charges.
    In September 1999, an Oklahoma court gave a two-year suspended sentence for a DUI elevated to felony level by his previous DUI conviction.
  • 1997
    In 1997, an Oklahoma jury convicted him of DUI in an accident that left three people injured; the court ordered Morrison to spend time in treatment.
  • 1996
    In October 1996, Morrison pleaded guilty to transporting a loaded firearm in Jay, Oklahoma; he received a 6-month suspended sentence and a $100 fine.
    Morrison declined to take the test because he said it would be the same kind of test administered by Nevada in 1996.
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    The Nevada commission's medical advisory board reviewed Morrison's 1996 test results and concluded they were "ironclad and unequivocal."
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    At another news conference on September 19, 1996, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Morrison announced he wished to fight "one last time" when he could find an opponent, the proceeds of which would benefit his KnockOut AIDS Foundation.
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    At a news conference on February 15, 1996, Morrison said he had contracted HIV because of a "permissive, fast and reckless lifestyle".
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    In 1996, Morrison was scheduled to fight against Arthur Weathers.
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    At one point in 1996 Morrison was married to two women at the same time, Dawn Freeman and Dawn Gilbert.
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  • 1995
    Morrison won three fights in 1995 before meeting former #1 contender Razor Ruddock.
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  • 1994
    Morrison recovered by winning three bouts in a row in 1994, but his last fight of the year, against Ross Puritty, ended with a draw.
  • 1993
    In December 1993, Morrison was charged with assault and public intoxication when he allegedly punched a University of Iowa student.
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    After two wins in 1993, including one over two-time world title challenger Carl "The Truth" Williams, Morrison found himself fighting for the WBO title again, against heavyweight boxing legend George Foreman, who was himself making a comeback.
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  • 1992
    In the Hipp fight, held June 19, 1992, Morrison was suffering from what was later discovered to be a broken hand and broken jaw, but rallied to score a knockout in the ninth round.
    He had six wins in 1992, including fights with Art Tucker and Joe Hipp, who later became the first Native American to challenge for the world heavyweight title.
  • 1991
    He was given an opportunity to face fellow undefeated fighter Ray Mercer, the WBO title holder in a Pay Per View card held on October 18, 1991.
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    In 1991, Morrison won fights against opponents James Tillis and former world champion Pinklon Thomas.
  • 1990
    He took a six-month break from boxing to work on the movie in 1990.
  • 1989
    In 1989, actor Sylvester Stallone observed one of Morrison's bouts.
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    In 1989, Morrison had 19 wins and no losses, 15 by knockout.
  • 1988
    Morrison started his professional boxing career on November 10, 1988, with a first-round knockout of William Muhammad in New York City.
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    In 1988, Morrison won the Regional Heavyweight Title – Kansas City Golden Gloves from Donald Ellis and advanced to the National Golden Gloves in Omaha, Nebraska, where he lost a split decision to Derek Isaman.
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  • 1969
    Born on January 2, 1969.
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