Ex-NBA star Odom, ex-champ Bowe ebook bout

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Former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe is getting again within the ring.

Bowe, 53, will face former NBA participant Lamar Odom in a celeb boxing occasion on Oct. 2 on the James L. Knight Middle in downtown Miami, occasion promoter Damon Feldman informed ESPN.

Bowe, a member of the Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame, ended the primary portion of his professional profession in 1996 following a victory over Andrew Golota. Bowe fought three extra instances after that – in 2004, 2005 after which in 2008, his ultimate skilled bout.

“He is been asking me to do that for a very long time,” Feldman informed ESPN. “We simply did not know when and can it’s secure.”

Odom, 41, is coming off an identical occasion towards singer Aaron Carter. Odom, who was within the NBA from 1999 to 2013, was declared the winner of the exhibition following a knockout within the first spherical.

Each fighters will put on 23-ounce gloves and the bout will include three 2-minute rounds, Feldman stated. The promoter stated headgear utilization will probably be “doubtless” however that side has but to be decided. Xavier Biggs, the proprietor and head coach of the Decatur Boxing Fitness center in Decatur, Ga., educated Odom for the bout towards Carter. Because the finish of his NBA profession, Odom has had substance abuse points. Biggs stated Odom’s foray into boxing has been good for the previous basketball participant’s focus and self-discipline.

“Lamar appears to be on a life redemption mission from all the things he went by earlier than,” Biggs informed ESPN. Bowe is considered one of many former fighters who’re taking part in a development of exhibition bouts. Mike Tyson, Roy Jones Jr. and Julio Cesar Chavez have all participated in related occasions.

Evander Holyfield was scheduled to face Tyson earlier than these talks broke down. In 1993, Holyfield handed Bowe his solely skilled defeat. Bowe avenged the defeat in 1995.

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