Ex-champ Bowe deemed fit to fight

Boxing

August 21, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Riddick Bowe passed a neurological test by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation's Boxing Commission on Thursday and was licensed for a 10-round fight on Sept. 25 at the Native American tribal grounds' Fire Lake Casino in Shawnee, Okla.

The former undisputed heavyweight champion from Fort Washington will end his nearly eight-year ring absence against 38-year-old journeyman Jeff Lalley (23-23-1, 10 knockouts) of Louisville, Ky.

"I was perfectly normal. I expect to have 15 fights in the next 18 months," said Bowe, 37, whose opponent has been knocked out in four rounds or fewer in nine straight losses. "I'm giving myself 18 months to fight for the championship."

Once deemed by a judge to be mentally unfit to return to the ring, Bowe (40-1, 32 KOs) was released May 17 after serving 17 months in the Cumberland Federal Correctional Institution for kidnapping his first wife and their five children in 1998.

Steve Silverman, Bowe's Baltimore-based attorney, said a judge's ban against the fighter for possible brain damage was lifted after favorable exams by the Mayo Clinic and at George Washington University.

"I'm running three, four miles a day, working out two, three hours a day in my home gym," Bowe said. "I have been training since I got home in May."

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