Riddick Bowe Takes On Paul Phillips In August - “Big Daddy” Gives It One More Go
05.07.07- By James Slater: Former heavyweight king Riddick Bowe, (42-1, 33 KOs) returns to action early next month in Kentucky. Now only a few weeks short of his fortieth birthday, “BigDaddy” refuses to hang up his gloves for good. It looked as though the once great heavyweight had retired, though. After his last fight, a very close and unimpressive split decision points win over journeyman Billy Zumbrun (who has just been stopped by the also-returning Michael Grant) Riddick disappeared from the radar.
Article posted on 06.07.2007
It seemed he’d seen sense and quit the sport he once excelled in. But now, despite the fact that he was grossly overweight and looked awful against Zumbrun, and despite the fact that he is showing serious signs of ring obtained damage - most alarmingly via badly slurred speech - Bowe is scheduled to box once again. Team Bowe are certainly not taking any chances with his latest comeback foe, however.
Paul Phillips, nicknamed “Rocky,” is even older then Riddick at forty-two. Also, at five feet, ten inches tall, the slightly older man will be dwarfed by the six foot, five standing Bowe. His record is nothing to write home about either. In fact Paul, hailing from the site of his tussle with Bowe, in Kentucky, has fourteen losses on his thirty-five fight record. What’s more, all but one of these defeats have come via the KO. Throw in the fact that Paul’s last victory came way back in 2000, and that his last seven ring appearances have led to defeat, and it becomes clear just what Bowe will be up against. Without being disrespectful to Phillips; not much at all.
Still, Riddick has to start somewhere if he thinks he can once again achieve something in the heavyweight division. It’s just that most wish he would give it up and get out now, before he gets badly hurt. This doesn’t look likely to happen on August 3rd, when even a badly faded Bowe will surely still have too much for Phillips - a guy who has been KO’d in one round by George Lindberger - but it could happen in the future.
Of course, the sight of a once magnificent heavyweight king lumbering around the ring when reduced to nothing more than a badly delusional and thoroughly washed-up fighter is nothing new. We’ve seen it time and again from fighters other than Riddick Bowe. But that doesn’t mean it gets any easier to digest. I always liked Bowe. He was funny, articulate, a fighter with immense talent and was exciting also. He is none of the four things I’ve just listed today. What he is a man who fails to see what almost everyone else can - that he is a sad and self-delusional wreck of a once fine boxer. A once fine boxer who’s career is not going to have anything like a happy ending.
As I’ve said, Riddick shouldn’t be in too much danger in his fight on August 3rd, his first for almost two-and-a-half years. Not unless he’s gone back even further than he looked last time out that is. But if he should lose to Phillips - a guy who, interestingly, does have a win over another former champion in Michael Dokes, who he defeated in what was “Dynamite’s” final fight back in 1997 - there will surely be no other option than to hang ’em up.
Even for as dangerously a self-delusional former world class athlete as the one Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe has evidently become.
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