The following press release was recently issued:
Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion Riddick Bowe to make wrestling debut for UK based Preston City Wrestling
The UK based wrestling promotion Preston City Wrestling announced today that former Undisputed World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Riddick Bowe will make his wrestling debut for PCW in 2014. Company officials have exchanged contracts with Mr Bowe’s representatives for a bout to take place on 1st March 2014. Preston City Wrestling (PCW) officials expect this to raise the company's profile and widen its fan base by appealing to both boxing and wrestling audiences. In addition to wrestling on the 1st March 2014 Mr Bowe will also appear 28th February 2014 for a final contract signing, with his soon to be announced opponent.
PCW owner Steven Fludder said: “This is an exciting coup for Preston City Wrestling. Riddick Bowe is one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time and has been training hard to make the transition to the wrestling ring”
Last month the 6ft 5in star said: "I want to be first heavyweight boxing champion and heavyweight wrestling champion. I have trained hard with those bumps."
Brian Elliot Fighting Sprit Magazine Editor: “Riddick Bowe was a household name for his accomplishments in boxing, and for him to be making his pro wrestling debut for Preston City Wrestling says a lot about how that company is perceived by the international talent who've performed there,” said Brian Elliott, the editor of Fighting Spirit Magazine. “PCW has taken the best bits of British wrestling and updated them for a young audience that is influenced by WWE. They are unquestionably the most forward-thinking group in England, and the signing of Riddick Bowe is a testament to that.”
About Preston City Wrestling: Established in June 2011 in Preston, Lancashire, Preston City Wrestling is the fastest rising company in the UK, using the very best in wrestlers in the UK today. In PCW you can regularly see big name international stars who have wrestled for US based promotions WWE, TNA and ROH. Names such as Chris Masters John Morrison, Ted Dibiase, Goldust, Tommy Dreamer, The Steiner Brothers, Lita and many more. Preston City Wrestling is also the first company in England to film all of their shows in a High Definition format. They have released a Blu Ray in 3D and are the first independent wrestling company in the world to do so. The live shows continue to grow and sell out in advance and they have the biggest social network following in the UK. For more information, please visit www.PrestonCityWrestling.com.
About Riddick Bowe: Riddick Lamont Bowe (born August 10, 1967, Brooklyn, New York City) is a former two-time World Heavyweight boxing champion, first winning the WBA, WBC and IBF titles in 1992, becoming undisputed heavyweight champion. Bowe's second reign as heavyweight champion was in 1995 when he won the WBO title. Bowe retired in 1996 but made a return to the ring in 2004. Riddick Bowe, 6ft 5in, became the first fighter to defeat Evander Holyfield when he beat him in 1992 for the world heavyweight title. He then became the first fighter to knock Holyfield out, when he beat him in their rubber match in 1995. Bowe's professional boxing record stands at 43-1-0 (1 NC) with 33 KO's. He has defeated every opponent he has fought except Buster Mathis, Jr. (their bout ended as a no-contest).