- Lamar Odom will fight Riddick Bowe in a three-round exhibition boxing bout on October 2nd.
- Odom defeated singer Aaron Carter in his first ever foray in celebrity boxing.
- Bowe has not fought since 2008 when the defeated Gene Pukall via unanimous decision.
Celebrity boxing has gone a long way since Logan Paul and KSI fought in the first high-profile exhibition boxing match between non-boxing celebrities.
Over the last two years, we’ve seen some all-time greats like Mike Tyson, Roy Jones Jr., and Floyd Mayweather Jr. return to the boxing ring to fight in exhibition boxing matches. Oscar De La Hoya will be the next one, although his bout against Vitor Belfort was upgraded to an official boxing match.
On Oct 2, another former boxing great will return to the ring to box again. This time, it’s 53-year old former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe who will be fighting again. Bowe will face former NBA star Lamar Odom in three two-minute rounds of exhibition boxing at the James K. Knight Center in in downtown Miami.
Lamar Odom Fighting 53-Year-Old Riddick Bowe In Celeb Boxing Matchhttps://t.co/LiCzWG3KL1
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Former two-division boxing champion Paulie Malignaggi is expected to box social media personality Corey B in the undercard while singer Aaron Carter is also eyeing to return to celebrity boxing against a still to be determined opponent.
Lamar Odom Drops Aaron Carter
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Odom is coming off a similar exhibition boxing event against Aaron Carter last month. He was declared as the winner after scoring a first round knockdown against undersized and overmatched Carter.
The 41-year old Odom famously played for the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA, helping Kobe Bryant win NBA championships number four and five in 2009 and 2010. He was the L.A. Clippers’ 4th overall pick in 2009 before joining the Miami Heat and L.A. Lakers. Odom nearly died after a drug overdose in 2015 but with the help of people close to him, and boxing, he has been able to pick up the pieces.
Decatur Boxing Gym owner Xavier Biggs, who trained Odom for his fight against Carter, recently told reporters that boxing has helped Odom’s focus and discipline. The former NBA star has a long history of substance abuse.
Former Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
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Bowe meanwhile, has not fought since December 2008 when he scored a unanimous decision win over Gene Pukall. That bout was the third of his comeback attempt after retiring following his twin bouts against Andrew Golota.
Big Daddy won the undisputed heavyweight title in 1992 when he dealt Evander Holyfied his first ever loss in professional boxing. Bowe would defend the belts twice before losing to Holyfield in their rematch in 1993. He became a two-time heavyweight champion when he annexed the WBO heavyweight belt by knocking out Hebie Hyde in 1995. Bowe would win the Holyfield trilogy with an 8-round TKO
A silver medalist at the 1988 Summer Olympics, Bowe had a professional boxing record of 43-1 with 33 knockouts with his only loss coming at the hands of Holyfield. He retired after two controversial bouts against Andrew Golota who was disqualified in both bouts due to repeated low blows.