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Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Riddick Bowe

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If this is your first time checking out this site welcome to Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…where we spotlight athletes from the past both distant and not so distant. My only rules to Smallthoughts: Old school Tuesday are we feature at least two athletes (in some case will see three and even four are spotlighted) and that the athletes that are spotlighted are retired. We are spotlighting 3 Boxers, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson and Riddick Bowe. This post is featuring …Riddick Bowe.

If there was a heavyweight that had potential to dominate… it was Riddick Bowe. The problem was focus when focus he could do damage ….see Evander Holyfield vs Riddick Bowe 1 and 3. But when he wasn’t focused …see Holyfield vs Bowe 2. He was heavy looked overweight and lacked the energy he had in the first fight

Bowe became the first fighter to knock down and defeat Evander Holyfield when he claimed the undisputed world heavyweight title in 1992. Holyfield won their rematch in 1993, handing Bowe his first and only professional loss. Bowe later became the first fighter to stop Holyfield, when he won their third match via TKO in 1995.

His second reign as heavyweight champion was in 1995, when he won the WBO title. Bowe retired from boxing in 1996, but made a return in 2004. He has been inactive since 2008, when he won his last professional bout in Germany.

He had a career that showed what he could accomplish when focused and he had desire.

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.

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday spotlights …Riddick Bowe.





  1. Two great fighters who in their prime were supremely skilled. Unfortunately, their post fighting careers has become a complete caricature and joke .

    Evander Holyfield , bankrupt , a belligerent homo-phobe and misogynistic pig. Riddick Bowe , overblown , and a danger to himself from a mental and psychological standpoint. Batter up .

    • bklynboy59 says:

      Holyfield’s best moments in the ring came against Tyson in the first fight and second fight before Tyson bit his ear …and his battle s with Riddick Bowe. The knock on Holyfield was he lacked knockout power for a heavyweight. He was hard puncher but not a knockout artist. Bowe was the blend of size speed power but lacked consist desire …if he had Evander’s heart he would have ruled the Heavyweight division for quite a while. Bowe was a big what if …and he did suffer from depression which account for his life out side boxing joining the military was not for a guy who lacked motivation and wanted to be cadded to. It’s possible he was suffering from bipolar.

      • Followed his career from his time as an Olympian to its greatest highs and lowest of lows professionally . All in all , in the end , what you see is what you get. Holyfield was impressive at certain points in his career , but I would never consider him to be one of the all-time greats , much less one of the best fighters of his generation !

        Evander Holyfield is not bipolar, just an outspoken unintelligent bigot . How else can you explain an individual who lies to his ex-wife about fathering a child outside his marriage on the same day , while she is giving birth to their first child ? Holyfield then uses another @ss , Creflo Dollar’s (and the minister himself) ministry to hide several million dollars in order to avoid alimony payments.

      • bklynboy59 says:

        I was saying Riddick Bowen had mental issues which leads one to suspect that bipartisan was at play

      • Bowe’s problems were long-known before he entered the sport , psychological and otherwise.

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