Former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe is getting again within the ring.
Bowe, 53, will face former NBA participant Lamar Odom in a celeb boxing occasion on Oct. 2 on the James L. Knight Middle in downtown Miami, occasion promoter Damon Feldman advised ESPN.
Bowe, a member of the Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame, ended the principle portion of his professional profession in 1996 following a victory over Andrew Golota. Bowe fought three extra instances after that – in 2004, 2005 after which in 2008, his remaining skilled bout.
“He is been asking me to do that for a very long time,” Feldman advised ESPN. “We simply did not know when and can it’s secure.”
Odom, 41, is coming off an identical occasion in opposition to singer Aaron Carter. Odom, who was within the NBA from 1999 to 2013, was declared the winner of the exhibition following a knockout within the first spherical.
Each fighters will put on 23-ounce gloves and the bout will include three 2-minute rounds, Feldman mentioned. The promoter mentioned headgear utilization will probably be “doubtless” however that side has but to be decided. Xavier Biggs, the proprietor and head coach of the Decatur Boxing Gymnasium in Decatur, Ga., skilled Odom for the bout in opposition to Carter. For the reason that finish of his NBA profession, Odom has had substance abuse points. Biggs mentioned Odom’s foray into boxing has been good for the previous basketball participant’s focus and self-discipline.
“Lamar appears to be on a life redemption mission from all the pieces he went via earlier than,” Biggs advised ESPN. Bowe is certainly one of many former fighters who’re collaborating in a pattern of exhibition bouts. Mike Tyson, Roy Jones Jr. and Julio Cesar Chavez have all participated in related occasions.
Evander Holyfield was scheduled to face Tyson earlier than these talks broke down. In 1993, Holyfield handed Bowe his solely skilled defeat. Bowe avenged the defeat in 1995.