Christian Vick is from the northern Virginia area. He is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he was the recipient of a full basketball scholarship. After spending a couple years playing basketball overseas, Christian now covers boxing for Unifiedchamp.com. Christian is an avid fan of all sports
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Highly recommended!28 Nov. 2011
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Christian Vick's "Triumph and Tragedy of Riddick Bowe" is a must read for any boxing fan, and most certainly any Riddick Bowe fan. Vick has obtained direct quotes from a "Who's Who?" of the boxing industry: among them famed trainers Emanuel Steward, Angelo Dundee, and Freddie Roach; long-time HBO commentators Larry Merchant, Jim Lampley and Harold Lederman; referees Richard Steele and Joe Cortez, promoters Kathy Duva and Terry Lane, judges Chuck Giampa and Jerry Roth, Bowe's greatest and most worthy opponent, Evander Holyfield, and Riddick Bowe himself.
This book gives a thorough account of why Riddick Bowe never fought Lennox Lewis or Mike Tyson; two fights that would have certainly shaped his legacy. To this day, there is still much debate about why those fights never happened, and this book solves the mysteries with reliable, inside sources.
This book is written with great humor, wit and pathos and I found I could not put it down. The reader is taken on the very emotional journey of Riddick Bowe's life; from the promise he showed as a young Golden Gloves champion, to his unappreciated silver medal at the 1988 Olympics. We see Riddick struggle to find a promoter and prove himself to renowned trainer Eddie Futch upon returning to the States. We see his steady rise to the top of the professional boxing world, culminating with his victory over Holyfield in 1992.
The reader gets eye-witness retrospectives on some of the more peculiar moments in Riddick Bowe's career, among them the ludicrous Fan-Man incident in 1993; and the infamous first Golota fight in Madison Square Garden and the riot that followed. Most moving is Vick's description of Riddick's brutal second bout with Andrew Golota. After this fight, according to some witnesses, Riddick's speech was slurred and he was already showing signs of brain damage at only 29 years of age. This book pins some of the tragedy of Riddick Bowe on Rock Newman's selection of Riddick's opponents. Rock Newman, interestingly, declined to be interviewed for this book.
As a huge Riddick Bowe fan and former DC-area resident, I have been waiting for a book like this one that describes Riddick's remarkable young life. I cheerfully applaud and highly-recommend Christian Vick's chronicle of Riddick Bowe's life and career.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Boxing becomes interesting8 Nov. 2011
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I have never been a big boxing fan, but this book was fantastic. It starts out slow, building momentum as Riddick Bowes career begins to take off. Christian Vick's style of story telling is extremely unique. It's as if he is speaking to you personally in your living room. Many times while I was reading Triumph, I would honestly feel like I was having a personal conversation with Vick. The way Vick covers the major events in Riddick's life is very impressive. Vick narrates the story and lets the people that lived the events fill in the blanks. The commentary, and contributions, were a huge surprise. The book is loaded with boxing royalty. I can only think of a few sports books, that have this many people contributing. Reading the book was similar to watching an ESPN 30/30 episode. As the book picks up speed, so does the amount of boxing figures that contribute. Larry Merchant, who I only know because of his arguement with Floyd Mayweather, is the star of the book. His insight had me laughing for days. Riddick Bowe himself really cut loose in the book. On Rock Newman, Larry Donald, Jose Luis, and of course Lennox Lewis. The Lennox Lewis chapter, is by far the most intriguing of them all. The whole homosexual thing almost knocked me off my chair. I could not believe that!! It was also cool how Vick told the story of the failed attempt to make the fight between Riddick and Lennox. The commentary in that chapter is awesome. Kathy Duva, Jim Lampley, and ESPN's Kiernan Mulvaney really do a good job of giving the reader a true picture of why Lennox and Riddick did not get it on. The Fan Man chapter is epic. By far the funniest of the book. I never knew that a man parachuted into a boxing match! Vick tells the story in an amazing way, from the view of the people that lived it. Ross Greenburg's view of the landing made for great reading. That must have been insane to see. The other chapter of note, is the NYPD chapter. Christian did a fine job of covering one of the biggest riots in sports history. The chapter, like the others, is filled to the brim with public figure commentary. I read the chapter, and then watched the actual riot on Youtube. Vick was fantastic telling that particular story. I knew everything, I could see it in my mind, before I actually did. Vick rips on Madison Square Garden and the city of New York for their handling of the riot and the fallout. I agree with Vick, Madison Square Garden made a huge mistake not using the Police that night. I also agree that the City Of New York was in the wrong for blaming Riddick Bowe for the riot. 100 percent. I also enjoyed HBO's involvement in the book. It was extensive, and consistent. For a self published work, the book certainly has a high profile feel to it. I found Christian Vick's take on Rock Newman to be nothing short of hysterical. I cried laughing. That was something else. I laughed non stop reading this book. Vick has a clever style of insulting people. Sometimes you dont realize he has done it until your 2 sentences past the quip. Vick is witty, and pointed in his opinions. The best part of Triumph, in my opinion, was the fact that Vick explained the ins and outs of boxing while telling the story. Its a boxing book, but it is written in Lamens terms. Boxing for Idiots. That aspect, makes this book special. I learned quite a bit about sanctioning bodies, HBO's involvement in the sport, and the actual art of boxing. The terms people use. The "business of boxing" as Christian Vick puts it was something I understand more now, then I did before hand. All in all. Great book. I am shocked that the press has not got a hold of it yet. I also loved the cover! It has a comic book feel to it. I have heard Riddick Bowes name before, so I took a chance on the book. I am now a fan of Riddick Bowe now that I know his story. Christian Vick, may have knocked his debut out of the park
Merchant said "Riddick Bowe was one of the great short-term heavyweight champions of all-time9 Feb. 2015
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I just finished reading "The Triumph and Tragedy of Riddick Bowe" it's very well written and entertaining. It is very obvious that the author is a huge Riddick Bowe fan but he does try to be objective and unbiased. I was never a big fan of Riddick Bowe but walked away from the book with much more respect for him. Near the end of the book is a quote from Larry Merchant which I believe sums up Bowe's place in boxing history. Merchant said "Riddick Bowe was one of the great short-term heavyweight champions of all-time." Although I disagreed with a few things in the book it's over all a good read.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great book about a Great Fighter27 April 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. It was a great read that put in perspective a lot of Bowe history. Filled with great comments as well from Larry Merchant, Jim Lampley, Harold Lederman and many others. Highly recommended.