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By special request, we've downloaded only the Trisha Morrison interview (minus the first half of the 9-13-15 show).


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Tommy "The Duke" Morrison lost the final years of his boxing career to a diagnosis by the Nevada State Boxing Commission that he was HIV-positive, a result that not only made him poison to promoters, but also rendered him persona non grata in his tiny, ultra-conservative hometown of Jay, Oklahoma.

When he died in September of 2013, speculation that AIDS was the cause was widespread -- a perception that still exists today -- but Morrison's widow, Trisha Harding-Morrison, has been fighting for two years to prove it's all bogus.

She joined us Sept. 13, 2015, on The Ringside Boxing Show to discuss compelling evidence that the Nevada commission blew the original diagnosis, and has since conspired to cover up the mistake.

Harding-Morrison spoke to us on the eve of a court date in Las Vegas, where, acting as her own lawyer, she planned to take on a battery of high-powered attorneys representing the Nevada State Boxing Commission, it's well-known physician, Dr. Margaret Goodman, and the man who signed off on her husband's HIV diagnosis on behalf of Quest Laboratories, Dr. John Hiatt, whom, she says, doesn't hold a medical license at all.

This interview might be the tip of an iceberg that turns out to be a blockbuster scandal, uncovered by the dogged determination of a widow who made a deathbed promise to her famous husband.

Our conversation with Trisha Harding-Morrison is preceded by an interview with Garcia Boxing trainer Max Garcia, who has a hot, young, undefeated fighter -- Manuel "Tino" Avila -- in his stable. 

We also tap into the expert analysis of Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who were in attendance for weekend events in Toronto (where Adonis Stevenson and Errol Spence were victorious) and Las Vegas (where Floyd Mayweather won what purportedly will be the final fight of his unbeaten career.)


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If you're among those legions of boxing fans who think Tommy Morrison died of AIDS, Sunday's riveting interview on the Ringside Boxing Show might abruptly change your opinion.

Trisha Morrison laid out a compelling, comprehensive and (dare we say) convincing case that "The Duke" got a raw deal from a lot of different people (she's naming names) before he died too young in 2013.

The Trisha Morrison interview is preceded by typically great insight from our expert analysts, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, on Canelo, Cotto, Khan and Kirkland (all one conversation), Gary Shaw's three-week romance with Roc Nation, Andre Ward's HBO problem, and the potential pyrotechnics of Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero, and Terence Crawford vs. Mikey Garcia.


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Tommy "The Duke" Morrison was a movie star ("Rocky V") when he was 18, and a two-time world heavyweight champion by the time he was 24. Three years later, he was holding a press conference to announce that he had tested positive for the HIV virus.

 It wasn't long before Morrison became convinced that the diagnosis had been wrong, and he spent the rest of his life trying to prove it and restart his boxing career. He died at age 44, but the medical examiner found no trace of HIV in his blood, according to his death certificate.

 Our featured guest on June 22 was Trisha Harding Morrison -- Tommy's wife -- who continues his crusade to prove the original HIV test was bogus. Her evidence is compelling, and she might just change any opinions you might have about the life and death of "The Duke."


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