Northeast Oklahoma's Tommy Morrison, whose once promising boxing career was derailed by the discovery that he is HIV positive, continued on the comeback trail Saturday knocking out a hapless opponent in the first round of a match in Wyoming:
Tommy Morrison was victorious over his opponent, local Wyoming journeyman Corey Williams ending the bout 1:57 seconds into the 1st round. One ringside observer thought that the spectacular KO may have required a coroner rather than a ringside physician. Morrison told OnTheGrind Radio that he plans to be consistent in 2009, fighting more often, and positioning himself for a run at the heavyweight championship.
Morrison's match was opposed by the AAPRP (American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians), which issued the following statement, given to fightnews.com:
As referenced in multiple reports over the past twelve years, Mr. Morrison has not been able to document negative HIV status thereby not meeting the minimum medical requirements to insure the safety and protection of himself, his opponent or ring officials. As such, the AAPRP is concerned about the potential of transmission of infectious diseases should bleeding occur. Currently, the State of Wyoming does not have a boxing commission. Thus, we recommend that this fight be canceled until such time as an appropriate supervisory commission is appointed to oversee the medical aspects of this contest and blood test are performed by an AAPRP approved physician to document the health status of each competitor. Should this contest take place without proper regulatory oversight and experienced medical personnel, we believe there is a possibility that the health and safety of the competitors and ring officials may be compromised; an unnecessary risk which should not be permitted."