Recently, I heard news of retired former boxing heavyweight champion, Riddick Bowe, making his debut in muay thai. I simply thought it was something to get his name in the press and he wouldn’t actually go through with it; I was wrong.
Friday evening (June 14, 2013) in Pattaya, Thailand, Bowe stepped into the ring for the first time against Russian heavyweight, Levgen Golovin (7-0), and commenced to get leg kicked to the ground, eventually resulting in a TKO lost for Bowe in the 2nd round.
After the fight, Bowe stated “You can recover from a head shot or a body shot, but when you get kicked in the leg it lasts a long time,” he said. “My leg is still hurting. I don’t know how long it’s been – 15 minutes?”
When speaking with reports, an important question was answered by Bowe, would he return to muay thai?
“I had a lot of fun. I’m going to do it again. Next time it’s going to be different,” he said. “I’ll be back soon.”
Golovin, who remains undefeated, shook his head and said, “It would be a big mistake. It’s not for him… He’s too slow and a bit too old.”