For those that might have missed it, a few years back former heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe made his Muay Thai debut.
Yes, you read that correctly. Riddick Bowe made the leap to Muay Thai. In mid 2013 he made his debut against Levgen Golovin in Pattaya, Thailand for the WPMF at the age of 45. What was even crazier is that he was allowed to fight for the WPMF super heavyweight title in his debut.
If you are not familiar with Bowe as a Boxer, he had a great career. He was the WBC, WBO, and IBF heavyweight world champion at one point in the early 90’s after defeating Evander Holyfield. It was the biggest win of his career, and when he retired from Boxing he had a record of 43 wins with only 1 loss.
Why would he decided to try his hand at Muay Thai at the age of 45?
Several rumors swirled around including that he just wanted to try a new sport and that he needed the money. Whatever the reason was, you really had to question how serious he was about Muay Thai. When he came into the fight he was visibly out of shape and weighed 300 pounds. If anything it seemed more like a gimmick, and supposedly he was paid around $150,000 to fight. Why anyone thought it would be a good idea to have an aging, out of shape former boxing champion as a gimmick is beyond me. I would have hired a former Boxer that was still in some type of fighting shape.
Let’s just say things weren’t pretty in his Muay Thai debut.
(Click next to see Riddick Bowe in his Muay Thai debut)