Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

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Diet Central: World heavyweight champion RIDDICK BOWE put on 40 pounds during the summer, most of them hanging over his belt. This prompted writer ROBERT SELTZER of Knight-Ridder Newspapers to ask if Bowe could become Kid Cholesterol, the overweight champion of the world.

Bowe will be a mere shadow of his summer shape going into his title fight Saturday night with EVANDER HOLYFIELD at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Bowe is down from 280 to 250, or less. Bowe's trainer, EDDIE FUTCH, predicted Bowe would enter the ring weighing "around 245." The last time Bowe weighed 245 for a fight, he split his trunks all the way down the back. In spite of the additional exposure, he stopped South Africa's PIERRE COETZER in the seventh round of a heavyweight elimination bout in 1992.

Nevertheless, Bowe continued to be the source of jokes about his ample derriere and fondness for junk food.

Another Knight-Ridder writer, BERNARD FERNANDEZ, says that all the talk about Bowe crushing bathroom scales is enough to make his handlers bust a gut, so to speak. Futch wants people to quit making his man the heavy. Thing is, Bowe is the biggest to hit boxing since GEORGE FOREMAN and JAMES "BUSTER" DOUGLAS.

Futch said: "Riddick Bowe is a heavyweight. There is no weight limit for heavyweights, so what's the big deal? My first and only concern is that he be in shape, which he is."

Fernandez points out that boxing history is littered with examples of large men who became too large for their own good. Douglas weighed 231 when he won the title from MIKE TYSON in 1990 in an upset. Douglas was a flabby 246 for his only title defense - against Holyfield - six months later. Holyfield harpooned Douglas with a right in the third round and sent him into retirement. When last seen, Douglas was living in Florida and waddling around at 300-plus pounds.

SID HARTMAN of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune recently wrote of Notre Dame coach LOU HOLTZ: "He is as ethical and clean in all phases of the coaching business as any coach in the country."

Hartman's remarks triggered a letter from WILLARD L. THOMPSON of St. Paul, who commented: "This doesn't necessarily speak highly of the other guys in the business. …

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