"It cost $200,000 and it's got no air conditioning or power steering," someone told Bowe.
In his dressing room a few minutes later, Bowe teased Leno about the car.
"You spent $200,000 for a car that doesn't even have air conditioning," Bowe said.
"No, it only cost me $50,000," Leno replied. "But I'll sell it to you for $100,000."
Leno, it seems, is a fan of Bowe's.
"I told you you were going to win the last time you were on here before the Holyfield fight," he told Bowe. "And you're going to win this time."
Everyone wants a shot at the heavyweight champion of the world.
Even Yousukezan Nishijima.
The Japanese 190-pounder -- a curiosity in a country where heavyweights become Sumo wrestlers, not boxers -- paced nervously in a room just off the plaza at the ABC Entertainment Complex.
Over in a corner, Bowe was changing shirts and getting his hands taped for a sparring session outdoors in the plaza before lunching office workers and a throng of Los Angeles media.
Bowe would spar two rounds apiece with three young fighters in 90-degree heat, knocking one down and toying with two others.
Nishijima, though outweighed by some 70 pounds, finally got his chance.
After a few pitty-pat punches, Nishijima threw a right hand and Bowe's knees buckled, as the champ pretended to wobble wildly before going down to the cheers of the crowd and ending the exhibition.
Later, Newman put on his most serious tone before a Japanese camera crew eager to hear about Nishijima's performance.
"I can tell he's a talented fighter," Newman said with a straight face. "He's got style, he's got power, he's got energy."