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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bowe Fined for Melee

NEW YORK -- Riddick Bowe will be fined $250,000 and lose the services of manager Rock Newman for a year under an agreement with the New York State Athletic Commission in connection with a post-fight riot last month.


The July 11 bout was stopped and Bowe was awarded the victory when Andrew Golota was disqualified for repeated low blows. As referee Wayne Kelley was stopping the bout, Newman and other members of Bowe's entourage charged across the ring and a melee broke out.


One of Bowe's followers, Jason Harris, attacked Golota, striking him several times on the head with a cellular phone.


The Star-Ledger newspaper of Newark, New Jersey, reported Tuesday that lawyers for Newman and Bowe agreed to the fine and suspension as a compromise to keep the athletic commission from banning Newman for life.


The agreement calls for Bowe to lose $250,000 from the $1 million portion of his fight purse that has been withheld since the athletic commission began its investigation.


Newman and his firm, Spencer Promotions, would be barred until July 31, 1997, from promoting any boxing event in New York and he would be barred from entering any building in the state in which a boxing event is being held.


Bernard Brooks, a Spencer vice president and the first to follow Newman into the ring, would also be suspended for a year. Harris would be barred for life for the attack on Golota.


Bowe would remain eligible to fight during the penalty period but, because of reciprocity agreements among state boxing agencies, probably would have to go outside the United States in order to have Newman take part in the promotion.