UCF beat writer Paul Tenorio takes a look at UCF's spring football program.

There's usually a good-sized crowd during the spring football Saturday scrimmages for UCF football. That crowd, though, doesn't usually include heavyweight boxing champions like Riddick Bowe

Bowe is a former two-time heavyweight champion and became the first man to knock out Evander Holyfield in 1992. His all-time record is 43-1-0.

"The heavyweight champion of the world used to be the most popular athlete when I was growing up," said UCF coach George O'Leary, who is an avid boxing fan. 

Bowe, 46, moved to Orlando in January and has been integrating himself into the Central Florida sports scene. He has mutual friends with UCF special assistant Manny Messeguer and offensive line coach Brent Key.

Key mentioned to some of his players that Bowe was at practice, a fact that impressed offensive lineman Chester Brown. Brown's father, Siliga, is a former heavyweight champion boxer and moved his family from the South Pacific to America for his athletic career.

"That's pretty big having somebody like that being out here who knows a lot about training and hard work," Brown said. "It was a great experience knowing that Riddick Bowe was here."

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