Bowe asks for tests in paternity suit N.C. woman says he fathered her son BOXING

April 07, 1993|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer

Heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe yesterday requested the Onslow County Court in North Carolina to administer blood tests to both himself and the son he is accused of fathering out of wedlock seven years ago to determine paternity.

Bowe's action was prompted after failing to reach an out-of-court settlement with Kym Price (a.k.a. Nile Shabazz), a 27-year-old North Carolina woman.

Price claims she became pregnant after she and Bowe met in New York in 1988 when Bowe, then 18, was a high school senior in Brooklyn.

Bowe, who acknowledges having known Price, said through his Washington-based attorney, Jeff Fried, "If the blood tests prove he's my son, I will welcome him in my home with the same love and acceptance I have for my own children. If the judge won't award custody, I will agree to support him as the court determines."

Fried said that someone else is listed as the father on the child's birth certificate.

The champion and his wife, Judy, have three children, Riddick Jr., 6, Riddicia, 4, and Brenda Joyce, 2, living in their home in Fort Washington. He also recently adopted the teen-age son of his sister, Brenda, who was murdered.

"Riddick is trying to do the right thing for the boy," Fried said. "We've been talking to her attorneys for several months, but they keep bringing up the $100 million figure Riddick signed for his multi-fight deal with TVKO. That's when he determined to have the blood tests done."

Bowe is at the Homestead Resort in Virginia, preparing for his title defense against Jesse Ferguson at RFK Stadium on May 22.

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