After 11 fights, he fought fellow undefeated prospect Clarence Hill on August 7, and won by a ten-round unanimous decision. After out-pointing Jimmy Young who had defeated George Foreman on April 10,he was signed by Don King and began rising up the rankings while appearing on several King undercards.
Tubbs won by a unanimous decision, taking his record to 15 knockouts. Page and Tubbs fought seven times as amateurs, with Page winning six of them, but for their only meeting as professionals, Tubbs won by a fifteen-round unanimous decision. Tubbs said he had an injured shoulder, but promoter Don King accused Tubbs of trying to get more money.
However, Tubbs tested positive for cocaine. The general consensus in the media was that Tubbs had easily outboxed Bowe.
He retired but came back in He lost two of his first three comeback fights, but then won his next five, including a win over Brian Minto. His last fight was a six-round unanimous decision over clubfighter Adam Smith on November 4, Tubbs attended the induction with his family, mother and children.