Riddick Bowe (born August 10, 1967) is a former boxer who, just like Mike Tyson, was involved in many controversial fights of the 1990s.
Riddick Bowe timeline
August 10, 1967: Born in Brooklyn, New York
1988: Loses to Lennox Lewis for the Olympic gold medal in Seoul.
March 7, 1989: Debuts as a professional, beating Lionel Butler
July 8, 1990: Beats Art Card in first nationally televised bout
October 21, 1991: Is declared winner by disqualification over Elijah Tijery after opponent is grabbed from the neck and thrown outside the ring by Bowe's manager, Rock Newman. A melee ensues.
November 13, 1992: Wins the world Heavyweight championship, beating Evander Holyfield by a decision in 12 rounds.
Early 1993: He and his manager Rock Newman visit the Pope John Paul II in the Vatican City, offering him the autographed gloves that Bowe used to beat Holyfield. The Pope accepts the gift.
November 6, 1993: Loses the title to Holyfield, by decision in 12, after a man named James Miller parachutes into the ring and causes a mini-riot in round seven, in the fan man fight.
August 13, 1994: His fight with Buster Mathis Jr. declared a no contest after Bowe hits his opponent while Mathis Jr. lays on the canvas.
December, 1994: In the final pre-fight conference before their fight, he sucker punches Larry Donald twice. He beats Donald by decision in 12.
March 11, 1995: He wins the WBO world Heavyweight championship, knocking out Herbie Hide in six rounds.
Summer of 1995: He and Jorge Luis Gonzalez engage in a series of violent press conferences across the United States before their fight, even throwing ice at each other during some of the conferences. Their last pre-fight conference was held under two protective glasses. Bowe wins by knockout in six.
November 4, 1995: He and Holyfield fight the last fight of their trilogy. Bowe recovers from a knockdown in round five to win by knockout in round eight.
July 11, 1996: He defeats Andrew Golota by a disqualification in round seven. The ensuing riot becomes breaking news across the United States, and an infamous night in the history of boxing. Golota was hit by a Bowe entourage man with a telephone in the head.
December 14, 1996: He defeats Golota in their rematch, again by disqualification. Golota, much like the first bout, continually throws low blows. It turns to be Bowe's last fight. He recovered from three knockdowns, and dropped Golota once before the final result.
December, 1996: Bowe announces he will join the US Marines. Four days later, he resigns.
1999: He kidnapps his wife and children. They are released unharmed, after an interstate drive.
May 18, 2004: Bowe is released from federal prison after serving 18 months for the kidnapping. He announces his intentions to return to boxing and attempt to reclaim the world heavyweight championship.
Bowe has a record of 41 wins and 1 loss, with 1 no-contest, and 32 knockouts.