Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe is keeping a low profile these days, but as befits a former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, he is keeping an eye on boxing’s marquee division.
Bowe won the WBA/WBC/IBF titles by defeating reigning and defending champion Evander Holyfield in 1992 in the first of their three incredible fights. In his heyday, he tangled with some of the toughest big men alive, using speed, power, and the kind of superlative inside game that no longer exists.
Much like another former heavyweight champion, Hasim Rahman, who last week threw his support behind Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne in advance of his March 5 fight with WBA World heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev, Bowe is convinced his namesake has what it takes to dethrone the current champ.
“I’m throwing my support behind Lucas Browne, the Thunder from Down Under!” said Bowe. “To have the ‘Big Daddy’ nickname live on is something that I’m really happy about.
“Lucas is going to rock Ruslan Chagaev with that big right hammer of his and get hold of the WBA belt that I once proudly owned.
“Australia, you need to support your man just like the people of New York supported me when I was in the trenches with Evander Holyfield.
“Lucas, I’m telling you to take this opportunity and etch your name in boxing history. I’m right behind you, brother.”
Browne is as pleased as punch to have the former heavyweight champion in his corner.
“It gives me a real boost having the likes of Riddick Bowe and Hasim Rahman getting behind me,” he said.
“I remember watching Riddick’s three wars with Evander Holyfield and they were something special. Three absolute wars, some of the best heavyweight boxing we’ve ever seen.
“Of course, I share the same nickname as Riddick and I’m hoping I can emulate him on March 5 and become heavyweight champion.”
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