Former Heavyweight Champ Now Sells Tweets for $20

Riddick Bowe Evander Holyfield AP

Riddick Bowe made millions in his unforgettable trilogy with Evander Holyfield. The former lineal heavyweight champion now sells his tweets for $20.

The price is apparently right for several Twittericans.

Bowe, who retired with a record of 43-1, fought as one of the best big-man boxers during a heavyweight golden age during the 1990s. Despite his accomplishments in the ring, which in addition to the amazing Holyfield trilogy also included victories over Pinklon Thomas, Bruce Seldon, and Tyrell Biggs, Bowe found himself in a fair share of bizarre situations long before this social-media stunt.

He washed out of Parris Island as a Marine recruit in 1997 three days after standing on the famous yellow footprints. A Marine in Bowe’s platoon told this writer that the two-time heavyweight titlist liked neither pullups nor smaller men with larger ranks yelling at him. Bowe’s two victories over Andrew Golota resulted from the “Foul Pole” repeatedly landing low blows despite winning on the cards. And in the seventh round of his lone loss Bowe’s camp let fists fly after a propeller-driven parachutist—”Fan Man”—found himself ensnared in the ring ropes after an ill-advised aerial caper.

In case anyone didn’t understand his new venture, Bowe made it plain in 140 characters or less in all caps: “MAN WHAT YALL DONT UNDERSTAND IS IM SUPPORTING THE PEOPLE WHO DONT HAVE A LOUD ENOUGH VOICE. ILL ME YOUR VOICE. THATS WHATS UP.”