After a lengthy battle with illness, former World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Heavyweight Champion, Tommy Morrison died on Sunday at the age of 44. Morrison who starred alongside Sylvester Stallone in the film Rocky V did well in interpreting the role of a boxing champion, Tommy “The Machine” Gunn, a role he got after Stallone watched one of his fights in the mid 1990s.
The southpaw boxer was diagnosed with HIV after he tested positive in a pre-fight blood test in 1996. He said back then that “I live a permissive fast and reckless lifestyle”, though he later denied he had the condition and provided test results to show his stand. His wife, Trisha, insisted he had Guillain-Barre syndrome, a brain disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system.
He was forced into retirement in ’96 after the State of Nevada Athletic Commission revoked his boxing license for safety reasons. He however had two fights after, one in West Virginia in 2007 and another in Mexico in 2008.
The cause of death had not been announced by the family as of the time of filing this report.
While speaking on his demise, Tommy’s former promoter Tony Holden said “I don’t know what the official cause of death will be.”
Tommy Morrison who was known for his deadly left hook became world champion when he beat George Foreman for the vacant WBO title in 1993 before losing it to Michael Bentt five months later.
In his entire career, he lost only 3 fights while he recorded most of his 28 wins by knockouts.
.Before he passed on, he was bedridden for about a year and kept alive by a ventilator.