According to BoxingScene.com, reports are coming from Germany that 41-year old former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe may wind up fighting on the undercard of Wladimir Klitschko-Hasim Rahman on December 13.
As the great Chuck D said, don't believe the hype.
Since first retiring in 1996, Bowe (42-1, 33 KO) has fought twice, once in 2004 and again in 2005. Weighing in at 263 pounds in his '04 fight with journeyman Marcus Rhode, Bowe scored a second round TKO, though was unimpressive in doing so. In '05, he had ballooned up to 280 pounds -- about 40 pounds over his prime fighting weight -- and won a split decision over Billy Zumbrun. He was horrible.
Bowe also hinted that he would enter MMA last year, but didn't show up. That has happened a few times with boxing, too. "Big Daddy" has often left promoters hanging with no notice in the last few years, and it won't be surprising if he does so again.
Bowe was a hell of a fighter when he was dedicated and keeping himself in shape. His trilogy with Evander Holyfield was the stuff of heavyweight legend. But it's been over a decade since Bowe could be taken seriously. He's old, out of shape, and rustier than a '79 Ford in the Wal-Mart parking lot.