Riddick Lamont Bowe is a retired American professional boxer. He reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion in 1992. As an amateur he won a silver medal in the super heavyweight division at the 1988 Summer Olympics. In a 2010 article by BoxingScene, Bowe was ranked the 21st greatest heavyweight of all time. In 2015, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
About Riddick Bowe in brief
Riddick Lamont Bowe is a retired American professional boxer who competed between 1989 and 2008. He reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion in 1992, and as an amateur he won a silver medal in the super heavyweight division at the 1988 Summer Olympics. In a 2010 article by BoxingScene, Bowe was ranked the 21st greatest heavyweight of all time. In 2015, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He was born on August 10, 1967, the twelfth of his mother Dorothy Bowe’s thirteen children. His brother Henry died of AIDS, and his sister Brenda was stabbed to death by a drug addict during an attempted robbery. In 1984, age 17, he knocked out opponent James Smith in just 4 seconds. In 1985, at the National Golden Gloves championships, he lost to Fort Worth heavyweight Donald Stephens. He won the 1985 178-lb Novice Championship, 1986 178 lb Open Championship and the 1987 and 1988 Super Heavyweight Open Championship. As an amateur, he won the prestigious New York Golden Gloves Championship and other tournaments. Bowe won two bouts as a 178-pounder in 1984 before failing to show for a third bout. In 1986, a 25-year-old U.S. Army superheavyweight, Robert S. Salters, took up boxing and had less than a year of boxing training. At the first Olympic-year training camp, U. S. Coach Ken Adams didn’t like him and dismissed him from the training camp.
He went on to win the 1986 World Championships and 1986 Goodwill Games but for some reason didn’t qualify. In 1987, he said he had suffered a handline fracture in one of his two fights at the Olympic Festival in July 1987. The injury, which he had taken at Roosevelt Sanders, the head coach, said he was not being treated, but it was known it was broken, but he kept those injuries secret from the coaching staff for fear of being kept out of the tournament. In 1989, he turned professional and became a two-time heavyweight champion. In 1992, he defeated then-unbeaten former undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield by knockout. In 1993, he narrowly lost the WBA and IBF titles in what would be his only professional defeat. In 1995, he regained a portion of the world heavyweight championship in 1995, defeating Herbie Hide for the WBO title. In 1996 saw Bowe engage in two brutal slugfests with Andrew Golota, both of which ended controversially when Golota repeatedly hit him with low blows. In 2000, he retired from boxing after the Golota fights, making low-key comebacks in 2004 and 2008, but returned to the sport in 2008. In 2002, he became the first boxer in history to win all four major sanctioning bodies—the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO—. In 2003, he fought Mark Breland for the first time and won.