Andrew Golota

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Andrew Golota
Andrzej Golota 2014.jpg
Golota in 2008
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Reach201 cm (79 in)
NationalityPolish, American
BornAndrzej Gołota
(1968-01-05) 5 January 1968 (age 52)
Warsaw, Poland
Boxing record
Total fights52
Wins by KO33
No contests1

Andrzej Jan Gołota (Polish: [ˈandʐɛj ˈgɔwɔta]; born 5 January 1968),[1] best known as Andrew Golota, is a Polish former professional boxer who competed from 1992 to 2013. He challenged four times for a heavyweight world title (by all four major sanctioning bodies), and as an amateur won a bronze medal in the heavyweight division at the 1988 Olympics. Despite his accomplishments and more than 40 professional wins, Golota is best known for twice being disqualified against Riddick Bowe for low blows in fights that he appeared to be winning.[2]

Amateur career[edit]

The Warsaw-born Golota had 111 wins in an amateur career that culminated in his winning a bronze medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics. Golota won other international amateur tournaments as well.

In 1990, he got into a fight with Piotr Białostocki in a bar in Poland. Facing charges of assault and battery, he fled rather than risk five years in prison. [3] Later that year, he married an American citizen of Polish descent and settled in Chicago.[4] Gołota's Olympic results were as follows:

Professional career[edit]

In 1992, he turned professional, knocking out Roosevelt Shuler in three rounds. He had three more knockouts and then went the distance for the first time, defeating Robert Smith in six rounds. He won his next 16 fights by knockout. His wins included Bobby Crabtree and Jeff Lampkin. Following his KO of Crabtree he was featured in Ring Magazine's new faces section. Soon after, he faced a respected contender, Maron Wilson. Golota won a ten-round decision. He won his next five bouts by knockout. His opponents included Samson Po'uha and Darnell Nicholson, both of whom were considered fringe contenders at the time. The win over Po'uha was memorable for the moment in which Gołota bit Po'uha on the side of the neck, two years before the bite-including rematch between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson.[5]

Golota vs. Bowe I & II[edit]

Golota's first high-profile fight came against former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe. Bowe had not fought in nearly a year since his third and final fight with Evander Holyfield, which he won by technical knockout in the eighth round, and had said regarding his opponent, "how do you train for a bum?", paying no attention to his opponent's win-loss record. The fight was held at Madison Square Garden on 11 July 1996, and was televised by HBO as part of its World Championship Boxing series.

Early in the fight it appeared that Bowe had underestimated his opponent's skills. However, Golota's penchant for not following the rules was also showcased in this fight as he had trouble keeping his punches above Bowe's belt line. After being repeatedly warned, referee Wayne Kelly began deducting points from Golota and had done so twice prior to the seventh round. Early in that round Kelly took a third point from Golota and warned him that if he did it again, he was going to lose the fight. Golota continued to fight and with less than a minute left in the round landed several hard shots that appeared to have Bowe staggered. However, with 37 seconds remaining in the round Golota dropped Bowe with another blatant low punch, directly to the genitals, and Kelly disqualified him. What ensued was a dramatic riot that left a large number of civilians and policemen injured, including Gołota himself, who was hit by a member of Bowe's entourage with a two-way radio and required eleven stitches to close a cut on his head. The riot, which has been named "Riot at the Garden", was called Event of the Year by Ring Magazine.

The controversy of Golota vs. Bowe I created interest in a rematch. Golota vs. Bowe II was on Pay Per View and Gołota once again led Bowe on the scorecards only to be disqualified in the ninth round by referee Eddie Cotton, again for multiple low blows. This fight also proved to be controversial, and a protest was filed by Gołota's camp to try to overturn the fight's result. Michael Katz, a sportswriter, coined the term Foul Pole for Gołota. Both fights are featured on HBO's documentary Legendary Nights The Tale of Bowe Golota.[citation needed]

Championship fight with Lewis[edit]

Despite two losses in a row, Gołota became the WBC number one contender. On 4 October 1997, he received a shot at the world's Heavyweight championship against Lennox Lewis in Atlantic City, NJ. Gołota was knocked out in the first round.

Gołota subsequently claimed that an injection of lidocaine for tendonitis in his right knee given to him by his physician shortly before the fight made him woozy and impaired his vision. The adverse effects of lidocaine include dizziness, blurred vision, seizures. As a result, he filed a medical malpractice suit against his physician, claiming that the injection had cost him the fight and a deal with HBO for $21 million to broadcast his next four to five fights.[6][7]

Later career[edit]

Gołota's boxing career continued with his beating former 2-time world champion Tim Witherspoon by decision. In his next match, he lost to Michael Grant by a knockout in the tenth round in one of The Ring's 1999 fights of the year. Gołota scored two knockdowns of Grant in the first round. He was ahead on all three judges' scorecards in the tenth round when he himself was knocked down. When asked by referee Randy Neuman whether he wanted to continue, he shook his head twice and then haltingly answered "No".

In 2000, Gołota fought in China beating Marcus Rhodes with a third-round knockout. Later in 2000, he faced former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. Tyson knocked Golota down in the first round, and in between rounds Golota told his corner to stop the fight but his corner talked him into continuing. In the third round, as he had done in the Grant match, Gołota told the referee he did not want to continue, despite his team desperately urging him on. He later claimed a headbutt impaired him during the fight, which was one of his main reasons for deciding not to continue. The result of the fight was later changed to no contest when Tyson failed a post fight drug test, testing positive for marijuana. Following the Tyson fight, Gołota was inactive for nearly three years before returning to the ring on 14 August 2003. He scored a technical knockout of journeyman Brian Nix in the seventh round. On November 15, Golota knocked out Terrence Lewis in the sixth round at Verona, New York. Gołota then received a second world title shot, fighting IBF heavyweight champion Chris Byrd at New York City's Madison Square Garden on 17 April 2004. The fight resulted in a draw.

On 13 November 2004, Gołota received his second world title shot in a row. Despite knocking down WBA champion John Ruiz twice within the bout, he lost by unanimous decision.[8]

Golota received his third world title try in a row on 21 May 2005 against WBO champion Lamon Brewster. Though heavily favored to win, Gołota lost when Brewster knocked him down three times inside the first round, prompting the referee to stop the bout. On 9 June 2007, he beat Jeremy Bates in the 2nd round by technical knockout. Gołota fought Kevin McBride on October 6, 2007 in Madison Square Garden and won by TKO in the 6th round, winning the IBF North American Heavyweight championship.

On 19 January 2008, Gołota defeated Mike Mollo by unanimous decision in 12 rounds to win the World Boxing Association Fedelatin heavyweight championship belt. In January, 2009, Gołota lost by first-round TKO to Ray Austin. On 24 October 2009 in Łódź, Gołota fought Tomasz Adamek and lost by TKO in the 5th round. The event was hosted on Polsat TV, it was also broadcast live online on platform. It was the largest live internet transmission in Poland.[citation needed]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
52 fights 41 wins 9 losses
By knockout 33 6
By decision 8 1
By disqualification 0 2
Draws 1
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
52 Loss 41–9–1 (1) Poland Przemysław Saleta KO 6 (10), 2:49 23 Feb 2013 Poland Ergo Arena, Gdańsk, Poland
51 Loss 41–8–1 (1) Poland Tomasz Adamek TKO 5 (10), 1:20 24 Oct 2009 Poland Atlas Arena, Łódź, Poland For vacant IBF International heavyweight title
50 Loss 41–7–1 (1) United States Ray Austin RTD 1 (12), 3:00 7 Nov 2008 China Sichuan Gymnasium, Chengdu, China For vacant WBC–USNBC heavyweight title
49 Win 41–6–1 (1) United States Mike Mollo UD 12 19 Jan 2008 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US Won WBA Fedelatin heavyweight title
48 Win 40–6–1 (1) Republic of Ireland Kevin McBride TKO 6 (12), 2:42 6 Oct 2007 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US Won vacant IBF North American heavyweight title
47 Win 39–6–1 (1) United States Jeremy Bates TKO 2 (10), 2:59 9 Jun 2007 Poland Spodek, Katowice, Poland
46 Loss 38–6–1 (1) United States Lamon Brewster TKO 1 (12), 0:52 21 May 2005 United States United Center, Chicago, Illinois, US For WBO heavyweight title
45 Loss 38–5–1 (1) United States John Ruiz UD 12 13 Nov 2004 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US For WBA heavyweight title
44 Draw 38–4–1 (1) United States Chris Byrd SD 12 17 Apr 2004 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US For IBF heavyweight title
43 Win 38–4 (1) United States Terrence Lewis TKO 6 (10), 1:25 14 Nov 2003 United States Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York, US
42 Win 37–4 (1) United States Brian Nix TKO 7 (10), 2:43 14 Aug 2003 United States Dover Downs, Dover, Delaware, US
41 NC 36–4 (1) United States Mike Tyson RTD 3 (10), 3:00 20 Oct 2000 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, US Originally an RTD win for Tyson, later ruled an NC after he failed a drug test
40 Win 36–4 United States Orlin Norris UD 10 16 Jun 2000 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, US
39 Win 35–4 United States Marcus Rhode TKO 3 (10), 2:19 22 Apr 2000 China Tianhe Stadium, Guangzhou, China
38 Loss 34–4 United States Michael Grant TKO 10 (12), 1:31 20 Nov 1999 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US For NABF heavyweight title
37 Win 34–3 United States Quinn Navarre TKO 6 (10) 26 Jun 1999 Poland Centennial Hall, Wrocław, Poland
36 Win 33–3 United States Jesse Ferguson UD 10 30 Jan 1999 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
35 Win 32–3 United States Tim Witherspoon UD 10 2 Oct 1998 Poland Centennial Hall, Wrocław, Poland
34 Win 31–3 United States Corey Sanders UD 10 21 Jul 1998 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
33 Win 30–3 United States Jack Basting TKO 3 (10), 2:09 8 May 1998 United States Trump Marina, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
32 Win 29–3 United States Eli Dixon KO 6 (10), 2:15 14 Apr 1998 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, US
31 Loss 28–3 United Kingdom Lennox Lewis KO 1 (12), 1:35 4 Oct 1997 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US For WBC heavyweight title
30 Loss 28–2 United States Riddick Bowe DQ 9 (10), 2:58 14 Dec 1996 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US Golota disqualified for repeated low blows
29 Loss 28–1 United States Riddick Bowe DQ 7 (12), 2:37 11 Jul 1996 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US Golota disqualified for repeated low blows
28 Win 28–0 United States Danell Nicholson RTD 8 (10), 3:00 15 Mar 1996 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
27 Win 27–0 United States Charles Hostetter TKO 2 (10), 2:36 30 Jan 1996 United States Medieval Times, Lyndhurst, New Jersey, US
26 Win 26–0 United States Jason Waller TKO 2 (10) 18 Nov 1995 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
25 Win 25–0 United States West Turner TKO 1 (8), 0:39 26 Aug 1995 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
24 Win 24–0 Tonga Samson Po'uha TKO 5 (10), 2:44 16 May 1995 United States Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
23 Win 23–0 United States Marion Wilson UD 10 11 Apr 1995 United States Bismarck Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, US
22 Win 22–0 United States Dwayne Hall TKO 1 (8) 26 Jan 1995 United States Rosemont, Illinois, US
21 Win 21–0 United States Darren Hayden TKO 7 (10), 3:00 1 Nov 1994 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US
20 Win 20–0 United States Jeff Lampkin RTD 1 (10), 3:00 13 Aug 1994 United States The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, US
19 Win 19–0 United States Jesse Shelby TKO 2 (8), 2:59 18 Jun 1994 United States Bismark Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, US
18 Win 18–0 United States Terry Davis TKO 1 (10), 1:51 6 May 1994 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
17 Win 17–0 United States Larry Davis KO 1 (8) 16 Mar 1994 United States Bismarck Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, US
16 Win 16–0 United States Donnell Wingfield TKO 1 (8) 14 Jan 1994 United States Carmel High School, Chicago, Illinois, US
15 Win 15–0 United States Calvin Jones TKO 2 (6) 23 Nov 1993 United States Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont, Illinois, US
14 Win 14–0 United States Andre Smith KO 1 (8), 2:59 4 Sep 1993 United States The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, US
13 Win 13–0 United States Marion Wilson PTS 8 10 Jul 1993 United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, US
12 Win 12–0 United States Carlton West TKO 2 (8) 22 Jun 1993 United States Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
11 Win 11–0 United States Kevin P. Porter KO 3 (6) 15 May 1993 United States The Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
10 Win 10–0 United States Bobby Crabtree TKO 2 (10), 1:14 26 Mar 1993 United States Union Hall, Countryside, Illinois, US
9 Win 9–0 United States Andre Crowder TKO 1 (6) 5 Feb 1993 United States The Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
8 Win 8–0 United States Eddie Taylor TKO 1 (8), 2:49 5 Dec 1992 United States Expo Center, Dolton, Illinois, US
7 Win 7–0 United States Aaron Brown TKO 2 (6) 3 Oct 1992 United States St. Andrews Gym, Chicago, Illinois, US
6 Win 6–0 United States James Holly KO 1 (6) 28 Aug 1992 United States Union Hall, Countryside, Illinois, US
5 Win 5–0 United States Robert Smith PTS 6 24 Jul 1992 United States Union Hall, Countryside, Illinois, US
4 Win 4–0 United States Joey Christjohn TKO 1 (6) 20 Jun 1992 United States St. Andrews Gym, Chicago, Illinois, US
3 Win 3–0 United States Charles Presswood KO 1 (4) 27 Mar 1992 United States Union Hall, Countryside, Illinois, US
2 Win 2–0 United States Joe Jones KO 1 (4), 2:13 28 Feb 1992 United States Union Hall, Countryside, Illinois, US
1 Win 1–0 United States Roosevelt Shuler TKO 3 (4) 7 Feb 1992 United States United Community Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US


Golota took part in Census 2010 commercials, recorded in Polish and English. In 2010, he appeared in the Polish edition of Dancing with the Stars (Taniec z Gwiazdami) with partner Magdalena Soszyńska-Michno. In his first appearance he danced waltz. He fell out on 7 November 2010, in 1/8 final. He reached 5th place.[citation needed] He has also participated in Polish version of "The Mole" (Agent - Gwiazdy), he has been eliminated and came on 8th place.


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  2. ^ Fitzgerald, Mike; Morley, Patrick (2014-06-19). Third Man in the Ring: 33 of Boxing's Best Referees and Their Stories. Potomac Books, Inc. ISBN 9781612342429.
  3. ^ "Down and Dirty",; retrieved 8 March 2015.
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  5. ^ Archived December 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine; accessed 8 March 2015.
  6. ^ Ackert, Kristie, "Golata Sues Own Doctor Over Shot"[permanent dead link],; accessed 8 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Golota Says Injection Made Him Feel Woosy", The New York Times; accessed 8 March 2015.
  8. ^ Rafael, Dan. "Ruiz, Byrd, Rahman victorious in ring". USA Today. Retrieved 8 March 2015.

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
New title IBF North American
heavyweight champion

6 October 2007 – January 2008
Title next held by
Cedric Boswell
Preceded by
Mike Mollo
WBA Fedelatin
heavyweight champion

19 January 2008 – November 2008
Title next held by
Odlanier Solis