Former world heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Greenbelt on Friday.
Bowe, 38, of Fort Washington, listed claims of more than $4 million, including a $3 million claim by Commerce Funding Corp. of Vienna, $705,000 claimed by the Fremont Investment & Loan of Santa Ana, Calif., and more than $300,000 claimed by Mercedes-Benz credit, according to bankruptcy papers. He also faces a claim by a cell phone company for $353 and one from a utility for $104.
Bowe won three New York Golden Gloves championships and went on to win the silver medal in boxing at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. His professional career included three bouts with Evander Holyfield and two heavyweight boxing titles.
Bowe beat Holyfield in 1992 to become heavyweight champion, a title he lost in a rematch the following year. He has a record of 42-1, with 33 knockouts.
Bowe has had his share of troubles in recent years, including allegations that he has been brain damaged. In February 1997, he quit U.S. Marine Corps boot camp after one week, citing at the time a loss of control over life and an inability to communicate with his family while he was in boot camp.
In 2003, he was acquitted in Prince George's County District Court of four charges of second-degree assault stemming from a disturbance at his Fort Washington home. Bowe was charged after police responded to a domestic disturbance call at his home. Bowe was arrested shortly afterward in Fort Washington.
At the time of the disturbance, Bowe was awaiting assignment to federal prison to serve 18 months as the result of abducting his first wife, Judy, and their five children from her home. He served 17 months in a federal prison before being released in 2004.
-- Thomas Heath