SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 UTAH) A former world heavy weight champion is coming to Salt Lake City to help Camp Kostopulos celebrate 50 years of helping those with disabilities.
Riddick Bowe – a two time world champ – and boxing hall of fame member will fight three rounds against three different opponents. The opponents are getting in the ring with the 6′-5″, 275 pound heavy weight champion to show kids of Camp K that no fight is too big to face. The event will also raise money for Camp Kostopulos.
Bowe says “It will be a day you will never forget. Hanging out with Big Daddy. Giving Tuesday – we are going to have a ball.” Bowe agreed to come to Utah because of what Camp K does ‘for the kids.’ And Camp K certainly does help children. For 50 years the Salt Lake City charity has provided opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. The facility in Emigration cCnyon offers all kinds of activities.
Camp K CEO Mircea Divricean says the gala and boxing match will help raise money and spread that message. “It’s a fun way to inspire our community to stand up for inclusion for people of all abilities and for diversity in our community.”
Even though the event is for charity – Bowe is already is fight mode and talking a lot of smack. “Better make the right calls or I will be locking him up.” He’s calling out the referee for the charity match – Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder. And he had a message for the announcer – Attorney General Sean Reyes. “You mess my name up – I’m going to impeach you.” But his biggest threat was for ABC4 Utah reporter and anchor Don Hudson. “They say you are pretty. But when I am finished with you – you be pretty alright. Pretty (bleep) done.” In response, Don has come up with a couple of possible fight plans. “I’m working on my fetal position. Getting my cardio going so I can run.”
In reality – all three members of the Camp K Dream Team are getting ready to survive their three minutes in the ring with the hall of fame boxer by working out with Eddie ‘Flash’ Newman. And Newman says – come November 29th – we’re all in trouble. “It takes a lot of nerve. Even for charity it takes nerve. I commend you for getting in the ring cause you never know what might happen – what flashbacks he might get.”
The Camp K Gala and Boxing match is on Giving Tuesday – November 29th. It will be held at the City Creek Marriott – for more information check out http://www.campk.org/abc4utah