A former American professional boxer, Riddick Bowe continued his boxing career from 1989 to 1996 and then after a break from 2004 to 2008. During 1992, he was an undisputed heavyweight champion.
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Born as Riddick Lamont Bowe on August 10th, 1967, Riddick Bowe is the twelfth of the 13 children born to his parents. He was born to Dorothy Bowe in Brooklyn in the Brownsville section, which is where he went on to grow up. The Brownsville is known for being one of the toughest slums of New York, and he has gone through quite a few personal tragedies in his early life. One of his sisters, Brenda died after a drug addict stabbed her in an attempted robbery in 1988. Another brother, Henry died from AIDS.
Riddick Bowe married Judy in 1988 and has had five children with her. He was involved in a criminal case when he allegedly kidnapped his wife and children and also stabbed his wife during the kidnap act. He later married Terri Blankey in 2000. He was again accused of domestic abuse by his new wife and was arrested on February 8, 2001.
Age, Height, and Weight
Being born on 10 August 1967, Riddick Bowe is 53 years old as of today’s date 4th February 2021. His height is 1.96 m tall, and weight is 123 kg.
Riddick Bowe started his amateur boxing career when he was 17. In 1984, he knocked out James Smith in 4 seconds only. The next year, in 1985, he rose up as the World Champion in light heavyweight, in the finals of a competition organized in Bucharest.
Riddick Bowe started his professional career in 1985 when he played in the New York Golden Gloves Champions and was the winner of the competition till 1988. In 1988, he was a Silver Medallist in the Super Heavyweight of the Summer Olympic Games held in Seoul. In 1989, he joined with a KO on novice Lionel Butler. He has won various championships and knocked out other biggies, like Bert Cooper, Tyrell Biggs, Pierre Coetzer, and Bruce Sheldon. The first phase of his career got over in 1996 after the Golota fights.
After retiring, Riddick Bowe joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve and once said his decision to join the military was to make his mother proud and also to go back to the training schedule. He quit after three days of intensive training and had discussed leaving it after only one day of training.
The second innings of Riddick Bowe’s professional career commenced in 2004 with a low-key return. He worked till 2008 and went inactive after that.
Riddick Bowe also ventured in different sports, like Muay Thai, in which he officially debuted in March 2013. He was trained by Kru Airr Phanthip and Kru Chan in Las Vegas. For the Super Heavyweight World Title, he was in Pattaya, Thailand and fought against Levgen Golovin.
Awards and Achievement
During his reigning years, Riddick Bowe was very popular worldwide and a video game with his name called the “Riddick Bowe Boxing” was released across various platforms in 1993. He also appeared in an episode titled “You Bet Your Life” of the show, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” in the same year.
Riddick has always believed in humanitarian causes and was involved with the rehabilitation of Somali refugees and orphans. When a million dollars worth medicine was unable to be transported to Somalia because of violence and war, he donated 100,000 dollars to fund the trip.
Also, he asked for the surety that he will be transported with the medicines, so that he can ensure that the recipients get them. He visited an orphanage during the time he spent in Somalia. In 2015, he has conferred a place in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Net Worth & Salary of Riddick Bowe in 2021
As of February 2021, The net worth of Riddick Bowe is estimated at $50 thousand. He had $15 million when he was retired in 1996. He is one of those players who went almost broke after they retired from the professional career.
Although his fortune and career did not revive in the later years, Riddick Bowe has been cited as the 21st greatest heavyweight of all time in an article published in 2010 by BoxingScene.