What would have happened if he had continued a little longer? This is a question that is often asked by today's 53-year-old Riddick Bowe. One of the best boxers of the 1990s was the absolute heavyweight champion in 1992, and he ended his career (for the first time) in 1996 with 40 wins and just one defeat.
He also finished it at just 29 years old. He played another match in 2004, 2005 and 2008, but that was more in the rank of the exhibition. The exhibition is what will bring him into the ring even 13 years after he last came out through the ropes.
At the Celebrity Boxing event, he will deal with former NBA star Lamar Odom. Celebrity Boxing founder Damon Feldman confirmed this to the media today, adding that the match will take place on October 2 in Miami, and the broadcast rights went to Fite TV.
Odom is a 208-centimeter-tall basketball player, best known for the period he spent in the Los Angeles Lakers when he became NBA champion and All-Star basketball player. He is known outside of sports for his scandals, but also for his failed marriage to Khloe Kardashian.
His match was announced recently, and it was expected that his opponent could be another basketball player related to his ex-wife, Tristan Thompson. But as he is still an active professional athlete, so it was not realistic, because for the same he should get permission from the Boston Celtics of which he is a member.
Odom made his first boxing match in June this year, when he knocked out a physically inferior musician, Aaron Carter, in the second round. Bowe ended his career by many a few years too soon, after two tough matches against Andrew Golota, and won both in disqualification for kicking his opponent below the belt.
In the boxing legends are included the big riots in Madison Square Garden, after their first fight, which occurred while Bowe was taken out of the ring on a stretcher. In his career, he was defeated only by Evander Holyfield in the second of their three matches, that is, Bowe defeated the great Evander twice.
He retired at a time of great heavyweight madness when fans expected to see him against Mike Tyson or Lennox Lewis. It has been mentioned in recent years that he could return in the exhibition against Holyfield, with whom he would enter the ring for the fourth time, but this was not agreed.
Holyfield also announced his return, and it was supposed to happen last month in a match against Kevin McBride, but the entire program of which they were supposed to be a part was postponed.