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Riddick Bowe: Muay Thai Debut Disastrous (Video)

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Former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe was brutalized earlier today in his Muay Thai debut in Pattaya, Thailand. The 45 year old fell to Russia's Levgen Golovin, 30, in Round 2.

Usually weighing between 235 -245 lbs for his bouts in the 1990s, this Riddick Bowe was 300 lbs and took the worst beating of his career as he was repeatedly kicked in shins.

Bowe fell to the canvas five times before the action was halted.

Wincing in pain and looking nothing like the 1990s fighter who ruled the heavyweight division for a year and was a major player for 3 or4, this version of Riddick Bowe was sluggish and appeared to move as if in slow motion.

"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?

He hardly landed a single punch.

Bowe to Continue
Despite the "dud" of a performance, Bowe was optmistic about his future in Muay Thai.

"I had a lot of fun. I'm going to do it again. Next time it's going to be different," uttered a smiling Bow. "I'll be back soon."

"This ain't a setback it's a getback," Bowe said, referring to his comeback."

All Levgen Golovin could do was shake his head upon hearing Bowe.

"It would be a big mistake. It's not for him," Golovin said. "He's too slow and a bit too old."

A 1988 Olympic Silver Medalist, Riddick Bowe turned pro in 1989 and is best remembered for his trilogy of fights with Evander Holyfield and two brutal bouts with Andrew Golota.

The 6'5" fighter dubbed "Big Daddy" won the undisputed championship in 1992 by defeating Evander Holyfield in what many consider one of the greatest fights in heavyweight championship history.

But then, the fighter dubbed "Big Daddy" was only 25, in good shape and at top form.

His only official defeat came via a majority decision to Holyfield in their first rematch. However, many consider the two 1996 disqualification wins over Andrew Golota unofficial losses as the Polish star was winning both fights and seemingly had Bowe badly hurt at the time of the disqualifications.

Given his performance earlier today, its no wonder he chose not to return to boxing.

Prior to tonight, Bowe last fought in December 2008, winning an 8 round unanimous decision over Gene Pukall (then 14-12). Back then, he was a hefty 271¼.

It is believed Bowe got involved in Muay Thai only three months ago.

Riddick Bowe was paid the equivalent of  $150,000 USD for the bout.


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