Riddick Bowe’s Chin?

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  1. Toney F*** U

    Toney F*** U Boxing junkie Full Member

    Oct 16, 2019
    How would you rate his chin?
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  2. Kamikaze

    Kamikaze Bye for now! Full Member

    Oct 12, 2020
    One of the best-
  3. thanosone

    thanosone Love Your Brother Man Full Member

    Sep 23, 2007
    For an elite HW he had one of the best ever. He was the perfect HW.
  4. young griffo

    young griffo Boxing Addict Full Member

    May 18, 2006
    Largely untested.

    Missed fighting Lewis, Tyson, Foreman, Mercer, McCall, Morrison, Bruno, Ruddock, Moorer....basically all of the best and biggest punchers at heavyweight in the 90’s.

    Was floored and badly hurt by Holyfield (smaller and hadn’t scored a KO in years at that point) and the moderate punching Golota along with being stunned by the much smaller Hide.

    Clearly it wasn’t glass but definitely not as proven as the aforementioned posts are suggesting.
  5. Charles White

    Charles White Chucker Full Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    Very tough chin, much to his own detriment as he loved a good brawl.
  6. Stiches Yarn

    Stiches Yarn Active Member Full Member

    Jan 2, 2021
    Well, Bowe does not have a glass jaw .
    In my opinion, his whiskers belongs in the lower end of the top 15 of all time.
    In other words, a borderline great chin, but not among the top 10 elite. He kissed the canvas in his fight against a sick holyfield (even a prime evander was not a sledghammer puncher....yes he could bang, but he was not shavers or foreman) and golota.
    But it certainly was better than a B Level chin.
  7. tommytheduke

    tommytheduke Active Member Full Member

    Nov 21, 2013
    Untested. Unknown. We can't really address it. His chin, and his power weren't tested really against elite punches or elite jaws.
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  8. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper Well-Known Member Full Member

    Oct 18, 2009
    He was past his best by the time of the 3rd Holyfield fight and completely shot against Golota. Maybe Bowe's chin was too good, so much confidence in his ability to take a punch meant he didn't concern himself with minor details like defence.
    It was bad habits outside of the ring and all the unnecessary punches Riddick took early in his career that caused him to burn out quick, a shot fighter by the age of 29.
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  9. Mark Dunham

    Mark Dunham Member Full Member

    Mar 19, 2021
    Damn good. He was a big man who could take hard shots to the head point blank range

    but like all others, wore down over the years

    when I last saw him vs Golata, he could barely defend himself
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  10. Mark Dunham

    Mark Dunham Member Full Member

    Mar 19, 2021
    I know one thing; it was better than Tommy Morrison's
  11. NickChristo

    NickChristo Member Full Member

    Sep 18, 2020
    Golota was frustrated that he couldn't put Bowe away and resorted to low blows which points to his chin being somewhere around Homer Simpsons, both take punishment until their opponents just give up. His chin was great.
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  12. El Gallo Negro

    El Gallo Negro Active Member banned Full Member

    Nov 8, 2020
    Chin I would give a 7 or 7.5

    But heart he gets a solid 10.

    Combine the two and you see why he was never stopped. EVER
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  13. tommytheduke

    tommytheduke Active Member Full Member

    Nov 21, 2013
    No mate. It was better than Bruno's for example. Tommy Morrison had a decent chin, he was just hit harder and more often
  14. Eddie Ezzard

    Eddie Ezzard Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jan 19, 2016
    Not sure about that. Morrison spent a lot more time on the floor against Lewis than Bruno did and Frank has no KOby1 vs Michael Bentt on his ledger.
  15. Col Mortimer

    Col Mortimer The question isn't indiscreet.The answer could be Full Member

    Jul 25, 2010
    I was a big Bowe fan (and Holyfield) back in the day.

    I think he had a great chin. He took to many good shots really.

    His career was a classic burn bright, burn fast one.

    Big shame about his personal demeanor now because of all the wear and tear of hard shots he took.

    That can be a downside of having a good chin I guess.