Former heavyweight boxing champion in brutal Muay Thai fight
Riddick Bowe is the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world in boxing during a time when the heavyweight division was absolutely stacked. Around at the time were all time greats like Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, alongside Bowe himself plus the return of George Foreman and many other great fighters. The 1990’s was a great time for heavyweight boxing.
Also another interesting fact about Bowe is that he is apparently the only heavyweight fighter ever to have won the titles in all four major sanctioning bodies – the WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO.
In this video from 2013 we see an older, larger Bowe try his hand at Muay Thai against Russian Thai fighter Levgen Golovin. It is unclear what motivated him to take this fight but apparently Bowe did train in Muay Thai in Las Vegas prior to this fight so at least he didn’t really solely on his boxing background.
Still, he does look like a novice in there and far from the Riddick Bowe from the early 90’s who beat Evander Holyfield for the title.
Like many other boxers who’ve tried kickboxing though, he really struggles with the leg kicks and doesn’t really know how to defend them. His opponent, Golovin, has the perfect game plan for Bowe, staying out of punching range and landing brutal leg kicks over and over until Bowe can’t get up and the fight is called.
ABOUT RIDDICK BOWE:
Riddick Lamont Bowe (born August 10, 1967) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1989 to 1996, and from 2004 to 2008. He reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion for eleven months in 1992, and as an amateur he won a silver medal in the super heavyweight division at the 1988 Summer Olympics.
Bowe retired from the sport in 1996, making a low-key return in 2004, but has been inactive since 2008. 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. [Source: Wiki]