Riddick Bowe: Still Punching After 40

Nathan AguilarCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2008

Riddick Bowe is returning to the ring at age 41 to fight in the under card of Wladmir Klitschko-Hasim Rahman. Bowe an ex heavyweight champion will be fighting his first match since '05 when he faced Billy Zumbrun.

Bowe only fought twice this decade the other fight was against Marcus Rhode in '04. Although he won both bouts he has not been fully active since '95 with one fight in '96 before he retired.

It was said by Hervey Allen, "The only time you really live fully is from 30 to 60."

If that's true Riddick Bowe is still a young man with a stunning record of 42 wins (33KO) and one loss he was one of the top heavyweight champions of his earlier career. The only loss Riddick Bowe suffered came from the rematch between him and Evander Holyfield.

Holyfied and Bowe split a match a piece. Bowe defeated Holyfield by TKO in the eighth round in their rubber match closing out the trilogy on top.

After the Holyfield fights Bowe had two terrible bouts that made history for all the wrong reasons. He faced Andrew Golota the top polish fighter at the time was training in Chicago with a record of 28-0.

The fight was viewed as a huge main event and was held at Madison Square Garden the arena that all fighters dream of headlining at. There were Poland Flags and Red and White shirts and face paintings everywhere cheering for the Polish boxer.

Unfortunately, they got a circus act instead of a boxing match Golota was out boxing and dominating Riddick Bowe. Until he began to feel tired and frustrated that Bowe wouldn’t go down. Golota began a trend that followed him through the rest of his career by hitting Bowe with low blows intentionally until he was disqualified in the seventh round.

In result of the disqualification from the low blows a riot broke out in the ring against Bowe's corner and Golota's corner.  The riot spread throughout the stadium leaving a lot of people injured and arrested.

The rematch was more of the same Golota was disqualified in the ninth round for low blows after being ahead on the scorecards.

Riddick Bowe has always been known for his poor conditioning so it will be hard to say if he could make an effective comeback against his opponent that is still TBA.

All we can say is Good Luck Bowe!