UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) _ Former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe, who is awaiting a probable jail sentence in North Carolina for kidnapping his estranged wife and five children in June, had an earlier assault charge involving his wife set aside Monday.

Judge Hovey Johnson shelved the second-degree assault charge from August 1997 on the conditions that Bowe have no violent conduct with his wife and that he complete a 10-day psychiatric evaluation and any accompanying treatments.

The state withheld the right to return the case to the active docket any time within the next 12 months.

Other than a brief acknowledgment that he understood the agreement, Bowe said nothing during his court appearance and refused comment as he left the courtroom. His wife, Judy, who watched the proceeding from the gallery, also declined comment, as did Bowe's lawyer, Billy Martin.

In June, Bowe pleaded guilty to abducting his wife and children from their home in Cornelius, N.C. He attempted to drive them to his home in Fort Washington, Md., but Mrs. Bowe managed to phone for help during a stop in Virginia.

Prosecutors said Bowe would serve 18 to 24 months in prison under his plea agreement in the kidnapping case, but he has yet to be sentenced. He was allowed to return to Maryland on the condition he remain under house arrest with electronic monitoring.