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In trouble again

Bowe arrested for assault after domestic dispute

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Posted: Thursday February 08, 2001 8:44 PM

  Wayne Kelly, Riddick Bowe In 1996, Riddick Bowe won a technical decision after a low blow by Andrew Golota that set off a fracas in Madison Square Garden. Al Bello/Allsport

SYOSSET, N.Y. (AP) -- Former heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe was arrested Thursday morning following a fight with his wife at their home on Long Island, authorities said.

Nassau County police said Bowe, 33, was taken into custody around 9 a.m. after officers arrived at Bowe's home and found his wife injured from an apparent domestic dispute.

Bowe and his wife were involved in a verbal argument that escalated into a physical altercation, during which Bowe allegedly dragged his spouse, leaving her with cuts on her knees and elbows, according to Sgt. John May.

Bowe's wife, whom authorities would not name, was treated and released from a local hospital.

Bowe was arrested without incident and remained in custody late Thursday. He was charged with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and was expected to be arraigned Friday in District Court in Hempstead, N.Y.

Nassau County authorities could not say if the woman with whom Bowe fought on Thursday was the same woman whom Bowe kidnapped three years ago.

Bowe was sentenced to 30 days in prison last February stemming from an incident in 1998 in which the former boxer kidnapped his estranged wife and his five children from their home in Charlotte, N.C.

In 1998, Bowe went to Judy Bowe's Charlotte home, forced her and the youngsters into a vehicle and set out for his Fort Washington, Md., home, authorities said. At a restaurant in Virginia, Judy Bowe called her sister, who guided police to the restaurant.

After initially being charged with kidnapping, Bowe pleaded guilty to a federal interstate domestic violence charge as part of a plea bargain. A federal judge sentenced Bowe to 30 days, citing the boxer's head injuries during his years in the ring as the reason for leniency.

In his prime, Bowe was a 6-foot-5, 235 pound heavyweight fighter who won his first 31 fights, all but two by knockout, to earn a title shot against Evander Holyfield. In November 1992, he defeated Holyfield and earned the title of undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

But Bowe, who won a silver medal at the 1988 Olympics and earned more than $75 million in the ring, fought only 10 more times after his first fight with Holyfield. He lost the WBC title when he didn't fight Lennox Lewis. He lost the WBA and IBF titles when he lost a decision to Holyfield on Nov. 6, 1993. He has been plagued by legal and physical problems since losing that rematch.

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