A former two-time heavyweight champ, the 6-foot-5, 300 pound Bowe (43-1-0-1, 33 KOs) hadn’t fought professionally since 2008.
Considered the 21st preeminent heavyweight ever by Boxing Scene, Bowe pocketed $150,000 for the hideous showing in Southeast Asia.
“(Thai kickboxing) is much harder than boxing,” said Bowe, 45, a convicted domestic abuser who suffers from an unspecified form of brain damage. “You can recover from a head shot or a body shot, but when you get kicked in the leg it lasts a long time. My leg is still hurting. I don’t know how long it’s been — 15 minutes?”
Despite getting battered and embarrassed, the Brooklyn native vowed to continue practicing martial arts.
“This ain’t a setback it’s a getback,” Bowe said, referring to his comeback. “I had a lot of fun. I’m going to do it again. Next time it’s going to be different. I’m not a quitter. I want to do it until I get it right.”
Unfortunately “not a quitter,” Riddick Bowe is prizefighting’s latest tragic figure.by