Despite a positive HIV testing in the mid 90s, former heavyweight contender Tommy Morrison maintains that he does have the disease and considers it a “media myth.”
At 42 years old, Morrison is trying to launch a comeback after having last fought in 2008. Due to his positive HIV test in 1996, Morrison has fought in unregulated sites on Indian reservations and in foreign countries. After initially speaking out on the benefits of HIV prevention when he was first diagnosed, Morrison now contends the virus is a fictional disease created by scientists and carried by media hype. He uses himself as an example by claiming he’s taken no medicine yet lived for 15 years since the positive test.
Morrison remains unlicensed due to his refusal to take additional tests to verify his claims. He believes even over 10 years removed from his prime years as a boxer, he has the skill left to defeat today’s reigning champions, the Klitschkos brothers. It’s a comeback he insists the public would buy into.
“I think about boxing more now. I’m better,” Morrison told The Kansas City Star. “They’re not used to that. A white guy that has hand speed, power, charisma, and can talk in complete sentences? (Shoot). Sounds like a gold mine to me.”
At press time, Morrison’s likeness is expected to be a playable character in the video game Fight Night Champion, set for release on March 1.