Boxing History: November 13, 1992 Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe W 12 Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield, Las Vegas. Bowe wins World Heavyweight Title. First of three epic wars between these two.Riddick Lamont Bowe (born August 10, 1967) is an American boxer from Brooklyn, NY. He is a former two-time world heavyweight champion, having first won the WBA, WBC and IBF titles in 1992, thus becoming undisputed heavyweight champion. Bowe’s second reign as heavyweight champion was in 1995 when he won the WBO title. He retired in 1996 but made a return to the ring in 2004; he has currently been inactive since 2008.
Professional boxing, or prizefighting, emerged in the early twentieth century as boxing gradually attained legitimacy and became a regulated, sanctioned sport. Professional boxing bouts are fought for a purse which is divided between the boxers as determined by contract. Most professional boxing bouts are supervised by a regulatory authority to guarantee the fighters’ safety. Most high-profile bouts obtain the endorsement of a sanctioning body, which awards championship belts, establishes rules, and assigns its own judges and referee. Professional boxing bouts are typically much longer than amateur bouts, and can last up to twelve rounds, though less significant fights can be as short as four rounds. Protective headgear is not permitted, and boxers are generally allowed to take substantial punishment before a fight is halted. Pro boxing has enjoyed a much higher profile than amateur boxing throughout the twentieth century and beyond.