Riddick Bowe’s Muay Thai Debut Will be Going Down Tonight in Thailand (Stream)

If you haven’t been keeping up with this story as it’s unfolded, let me give you a brief overview: American boxing icon Riddick Bowe is a former two-time World heavyweight champion, first winning the WBA, WBC and IBF titles in 1992. Bowe retired in 1996 but made a return to the ring in 2004. He has currently been inactive since 2008, and has essentially fought only once since 2005. This man, at 45 years old, out of training for roughly ten years (A self admission) will be making his return to the ring tonight in Pattaya, Thailand…except it won’t be a boxing ring. It will be to Muay Thai.

Bowe announced late last year his desire to fight on a professional Muay Thai card. Not long after, a seemingly ridiculous fight poster was put up with Bowe headlining against Levgen Golovgin of Russia. After a series of changes and delays, the American legend is set to prove the doubters wrong by entering the ring tonight in Pattaya.

Also on the card, USA’s Marvin Eastman will be making his Thai debut against Ricardo Van De Bos, K-1 fighter Dewey Cooper faces Fred Sikking, and Muay Thai sensation Simon Marcus is slated to fight Suriya Prasarthinmai. Finally, Singmanee Kaewsamrit battles Salardine Etnaker in what might be the most even match of the night.

The weigh-ins for the event happened yesterday, and Bowe came in a staggering 30 kg (roughly 60 pounds) heavier than his opponent. It’s still too early to tell exactly how seriously Bowe is taking this fight. While his expedition into Muay Thai seems to be based more in a fleeting fancy, we’ll have to wait until tonight to see exactly what the 45 year old brings to the table.

The fights will we be going down at approximately 8:30 pm local time, and will be playing live on Channel 11 in Thailand. You’ll be able to watch a live stream of the event here: http://www.thaitvonline.tv/thai-tv-11-nbt/

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FULL CARD

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Riddick Bowe vs. Levgen Golovgin

Marvin Eastman vs. Ricardo Van De Bos

Dewey Cooper vs. Fred Sikking

Simon Marcus vs.  Suriya Prasarthinmai

Singmanee Kaewsamrit vs.Salardine Etnaker

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