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Riddick Bowe, 45, battered in kickboxing debut

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Former world heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe’s Muay Thai debut ended in an agonising and embarrassing second round KO defeat.

Bowe, 45, was defeated on Friday by 30-year-old Russian Levgen Golovkin.

‘Big Daddy’ suffered a torrent of abuse to his shins as Golovkin hammered him with low kicks, causing the American to fall five times in the bout’s short duration.

The fifth and final fall caused his loss via technical knockout.

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Bowe, who beat Evander Holyfield in 1992 to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, ended his combat sports retirement because he was reportedly bored and needed the cash.

And despite the woeful introduction to the world of Thai kickboxing, the cash was certainly there: Bowe made $150,000 (£92,520) from the defeat.

Bowe infamously dropped the WBC belt into a garbage can during a live press conference to underscore his intentions not to defend against Britain’s Lennox Lewis, who would eventually climb to the top of the mountain years later.

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