The Triumph and Tragedy of Riddick Bowe Paperback – 9 Sep 2011
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About the Author
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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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.