Combat sports fans can breathe a tiny sigh of relief now that one of the most egregious ‘legends fights’ on the calendar has been scrapped. Yesterday Official Celebrity Boxing revealed they had pulled 58-year-old Riddick Bowe from his scheduled bout with ex-NBA player Lamar Odom.
In a tweet it was claimed that Bowe had been removed from the match-up due to “backlash” and the promotion being “mislead” by Bowes’ management team over Bowes’ health. Bowe is apparently still going to be at the event that is scheduled for October 2 in Miami, FL. A new opponent is being sought for Odom.
All the Best to former Heavyweight champ @riddickbowe due to the backlash and being mislead from Bowes Management team,about Bowes Health, Celebrity Boxing is moving forward and having Bowe part of the event but not as a Celebrity Boxer,Lamar Odom will take on another Celeb Oct 2 pic.twitter.com/Fwolff2WN7— ***Official Celebrity Boxing*** (@H16man) September 22, 2021
This news comes shortly after training footage of Bowe hit the internet. That video showed the former undisputed heavyweight world champion moving slowly around a gym, clearly in no shape to fight a man 17-years his junior.
Odom, a two-time NBA champion, debuted in the boxing ring this June. In his first fight he obliterated former pop star Aaron Carter, finishing him by second round KO.
The current co-main event for the Odom vs. TBA card is ex-pro boxer (and one time BKFC competitor) Paulie Malignaggi vs. Corey B (a Tik Tok star, apparently).