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Morrison says no to testing

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

The ending may have not officially come for former world heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison and his licensing attempts with Quebec Boxing and Gaming Commission, but the Rocky V star looks to be in stand-off with the governing body in an attempt to fight in Montreal February 25th. “I’m not going to submit to a test that’s not going to tell me anything,” said Morrison in a press conference from Montreal on Tuesday.

The Commission after receiving a medical file from Morrison on Friday, had requested on Monday that a blood test requiring HIV and Hepatitis be done at an approved Montreal institution and be administered to the boxer accompanied by a member of the Commission.

Morrison in a letter sent to all media outlets asked that the Commission provide him with proof of positive test results for HIV from 1996.

As explained last week by the Nevada State Commission on Fightnews, it was up to Morrison at the time to provide them, the Nevada State Commission, with a clean bill of health and a negative HIV result, Morrison’s failure to do so resulted in his license application being denied. All records of any testing done or not done at that time would be with Morrison’s medical care provider, not with the commission.

The boxer also invited the Quebec Commission to send a doctor to Tuesday’s press conference with an unopened test that detects the presence of the HIV virus. Not surprisingly, the boxer who has attempted licensing attempts to varying degrees of success in Washington, West Virginia, Texas, Kansas, Nevada and Mexico while fighting a pair of hybrid MMA-boxing matches in Wyoming and Arizona did not have a doctor show up for the proceedings.

“There’s not a test on the face of the planet that will detect this,” said Morrison who was only to happy to show photocopies of test results from a Kansas clinic that said he was HIV free, the same papers presented to the Commission last Friday. “None of them (the tests) pick up the virus, they pick up antibodies. Doing an antibody test will tell us nothing.”

Morrison who has been in Montreal for the past week expressed a real desire to fight in the city but vowed that if not licensed, “We’ll take the dog and pony show somewhere else.”

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