The Life Story of Heavyweight Boxing Great Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe

He reigned as the undisputed heavyweight champion for eleven months in 1992, and as an amateur he won a silver medal in the super heavyweight division at the 1988 Summer Olympics. After turning professional in 1989, Bowe went on to become a two-time world heavyweight champion. In 1992 he won the undisputed WBA, WBC, and IBF titles by defeating then-unbeaten former undisputed cruiserweight champion Evander Holyfield. Bowe was stripped of the WBC title later that year after refusing to fight archrival Lennox Lewis, to whom he lost in the finals at the 1988 Olympics. This left the undisputed championship fragmented until 1999. In a rematch with Holyfield in 1993, Bowe lost the WBA and IBF titles in what would be his only professional defeat. He later regained a portion of the world heavyweight championship in 1995, defeating Herbie Hide for the then-fledgling WBO title. In doing so, Bowe became the first boxer in history to have won the titles of all four major sanctioning bodies—the WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO—and remains the only heavyweight to do so. Bowe Finished with a career record of 43-1-1, check out the life story of one of boxing’s best here.