5 Facts You Must Know About Lamar Odom vs. Riddick Bowe

Published 07/30/2021, 12:30 PM EDT


The exhibition bouts have completely taken over the sport of boxing. Over the past few years, the fans have witnessed celebrities from several verticals taking up the ring space to fulfill their wish of fighting. To a certain extent, exhibition fights have even accrued more eyeballs than professional boxing fights.

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Taking advantage of the same, the ex-NBA elite, Lamar Odom, will also take up the ring space on October 2. He will fight against the former heavyweight kingpin, Riddick Bowe.

This contest will go live on Fite.TV from James L. Knight arena in Miami. This fight will hook in the casual boxing lovers and NBA fans who wish to see Odom box once again.

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But before the two enter the ring, we look at some of the most astonishing facts about Odom and Bowe.

1) Lamar Odom used to box in his early days for grilling workouts

Odom was a boxing fanatic from the beginning. Hence, to keep himself in shape, he often engaged in boxing workouts that are grilling and demand exuberant stamina and power.

2) Lamar Odom enjoyed an exemplary career in the NBA

Odom had a gratifying run in the NBA. As a team member of the Los Angeles Lakers, he won championships twice in 2008-09 and 2009-10. He also won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2010-11.

3) Riddick Bowe fought 195 rounds in his pro-boxing career, whereas Lamar Odom only has 2 rounds

The 41-year-old will face a true veteran in Bowe who had a decorated boxing career. As per BoxRec, Bowe fought a whopping 195 rounds in his entire career. On the other hand, Odom, who only had one exhibition bout, has only 2 rounds to his name. This was because his win against his adversary came via an RTD post the second round.

4) Riddick Bowe never lost a fight from 1994 to 2008

‘Big Daddy’ was one of the most terrifying heavyweights in the retro boxing era. His prolific skills were certainly clear in the final 14 years of his career, wherein he didn’t lose a single fight.

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5) Riddick Bowe defeated Evander Holyfield once

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Bowe re-matched the scary Evander Holyfield in 1995. Prior to that, the pair met each other in 1993, wherein ‘The Real Deal’ beat ‘Big Daddy’. But in their rematch, the latter came in prepared and he scored a gigantic T/KO win to avenge his loss.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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