Ex-boxing champ and Leafs fan Bowe says he’ll knock out Leafs coach if Toronto loses Friday

Adam Proteau
Riddick Bowe  (The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)
Riddick Bowe (The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)

The Maple Leafs have millions of fans and Thursday, one of their more prominent and vocal supporters – two-time former heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe – garnered attention after promising on Twitter to pummel Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle if the team lost Friday against Philadelphia.

The 46-year-old Bowe – an Olympic silver medalist who went 43-1-0 (including 33 knockouts) in his pro career and was the first man to knock out Evander Holyfield – counts himself a passionate fan of the Everton soccer team from the Barclays Premier League, but also loves the Leafs after having lived in Toronto for decades. The 6-foot-5, 271-pound Brooklyn, N.Y. native has a decided size and age advantage over the 5-foot-10, 200-pound, 57-year-old Carlyle, but we’re sure Bowe was speaking in good humor when he posted the Tweet. He certainly showed he could take a joke when a hockey writer compared him to another active, charismatic figure on social media: