Tommy Morrison Gets A Knockout

Friday, February 23rd 2007, 6:26 am
By: News On 6

CHESTER, W.Va. (AP) _ Former WBO heavyweight champion and Oklahoma native Tommy Morrison stops John Castle in the second round in his return to the ring, 11 years after testing positive for the virus that causes AIDS.

The 38-year-old Morrison now claims he has no trace of the AIDS virus after taking several HIV tests.

He dropped Castle last night with a left hook to the head midway through the second of the scheduled four-round fight at Mountaineer Racetrack and Gaming Resort in Chester, West Virginia.

Castle slowly got up and referee Dave Johnson counted to eight before stopping the match.

Morrison, who until that point had landed few punches, fell to his knees afterward and raised his arms skyward.

Morrison is from Jay, Oklahoma. He won the WBO title in 1993 by outpointing George Foreman. He lost it later that year.

Morrison, who was featured in the movie ``Rocky 5,'' also served a couple of years in an Arkansas prison on drug and weapons charges.

His career record is now 47-3-and-1.