Riddick Bowe hasn’t had much to smile about since he beat Evander Holyfield two of the three times they met back in the 90’s. As a boxer, Bowe (43-1, 33 KOs) didn’t just beat the best, he also put up astonishing records during his career. Riddick Bowe will be headlining the 26th annual induction ceremony for the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York on June 14, 2015. While his prime didn’t last long, it says a lot when the only loss on your record is to a guy that you were able to beat twice.
“I’m ecstatic,” Bowe said of the news. “As a kid, this is what I dreamed of. I’m just so happy. For me, hard work and determination got me in the Hall of Fame.”
This is the first bit of good career news for Bowe, as he hasn’t earned notable victories since defeating Holyfield. Bowe was recently beat up by Levgen Golovin in June of 2013 in an MMA bout which ended with an early second round TKO. The fight was not close and Bowe was left on the ground wincing in pain.
“You can recover from a head shot or a body shot, but when you get kicked in the leg it lasts a long time, my leg is still hurting. I don’t know how long it’s been — 15 minutes?”
Congratulation Mr. Bowe, your greatness has finally been realized. You, like the Doors or Bo Jackson, hold a special place in the hearts of fans no matter how short your career may have been. Also elected into the hall of fame were former junior flyweight champion Yoko Gushiken in the Old-Timer category, manager Rafael Mendoza and referee Steve Smoger in the nonparticipant category. HBO broadcaster Jim Lampley and ESPN.com contributor Nigel Collins were added in the observer category.