22 Nov 2008

40 plus returning to the boxing ring

1:24 pm on 22 November 2008

There's a surge of 40-plus year-olds returning to boxing.

Former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe will fight for the first time in three years on the undercard of the Wladimir Klitschko vs. Hasim Rahman IBF title fight December 13th against a still to be determined opponent.

The 41-year-old Bowe retired in 1996 and came back in 2004.

He had another fight in 2005 and has not fought since.

Bowe's only loss in 43 fights was against Evander Holyfield, who at age 46 is preparing to fight Nikolai Valuev next month for the WBA title.

And German newspaper reports that 42-year-old Lennox Lewis is preparing for a comeback fight against Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir's older brother, and the WBC champion. Bild newspaper said the fight could take place in the middle of next year.