Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/29/14

11 Jul 1996: Andrew Golota (right) and Riddick Bowe trade punches during their fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Bowe was awarded a technical decision after Golota was disqualified in the seventh round by referee Wayne Kelly for throwing low blows.
For years, Riddick Bowe dreamed of getting back into the ring - just not this ring and this sport, in this country. Next week in Thailand, the former world heavyweight boxing champion will step out of retirement to make his debut as a Muay Thai fighter - the brutal martial art that makes boxing look gentlemanly. ''I'm just rolling with the punches, baby,'' says Bowe, during a training session at a rundown Bangkok gym that has no air-conditioning, a few practice rings and a lot of mosquitoes. Stitched across the backside of his shorts is the nickname from his glory years: ''BIG DADDY.'' At 6-foot-5 and weighing 300 pounds (1.96 meters and 136 kilograms), Bowe towers over his sparring partners who say he's learning how to kick. The 45-year-old still has a ferocious punch but his prize fighter physique is gone along with the millions he made from boxing. Bowe says that friends and former foes, including Evander Holyfield, have told him he's ''crazy'' to try Thai kickboxing. His wife...

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