Think boxing has exhausted its supply of controversy and craziness? Wait until Sunday.
If a heavyweight fight between two Oklahomans goes off as scheduled that day in Tokyo, there will be a fighter in one corner who has tested HIV-positive. In the other corner will be a fighter who has two arrest warrants out for him, one for rape and the other on drug charges.
The strange saga of Tommy Morrison, who learned he was HIV-positive in February, took yet another weird turn when his opponent for Sunday, Anthony Cooks, turned out to be a fugitive from justice.
Police in Okmulgee, Okla., issued a warrant Tuesday for Cooks on a complaint he raped a 15-year-old girl Oct. 19. KOTV in Tulsa reported that another arrest warrant had been issued Monday after Cooks failed to appear for a jury trial on a charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana.
Okmulgee police said he was not in custody Tuesday night. Officers in Tulsa and Oklahoma City were helping look for him. They should have been looking in Los Angeles, where Cooks held a prefight news conference by phone.
A publicist said that a substitute would be found for Cooks, if necessary, so that the fight will remain on the undercard of a main event pitting two-time heavyweight champion George Foreman against unheralded Crawford Grimsley.