Andrew Golota

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Andrew Golota
Andrzej Golota 2014.jpg
Golota in 2008
Real name Andrzej Gołota
Nickname(s) Powerful Pole
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Reach 201 cm (79 in)
Nationality Polish
Born (1968-01-05) 5 January 1968 (age 48)
Warsaw, Poland
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 52
Wins 41
Wins by KO 33
Losses 9
Draws 1
No contests 2

Andrew Golota (born Andrzej Gołota; 5 January 1968) is a Polish former professional boxer. As an amateur he won a bronze medal in the heavyweight division at the 1988 Olympics, and as a professional is a four-time world title challenger. Despite his accomplishments and more than 40 professional wins, Golota is best known for twice being disqualified against Riddick Bowe for low blows, for quitting on his stool twice (once against Mike Tyson), and for being knocked out by Lennox Lewis in the first round.

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 Seoul 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. [1] Later that year, he married an American citizen of Polish descent and settled in Chicago.[2] 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'hua and Darnell Nicholson, both of whom were considered fringe contenders at the time. The win over Po'hua was memorable for the moment in which Gołota bit Po'hua on the shoulder, two years before the infamous bite-filled rematch between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson.[3]

Golota vs. Bowe I & II[edit]

Golota's first high-profile fight came against former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe. Bowe hadn't 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.[4][5]

Later career[edit]

Gołota's boxing career continued with him 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. 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.[6]

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]

41 Wins (33 knockouts, 8 decisions), 9 Losses (6 knockouts, 3 decisions), 1 Draw, 2 No Contest [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Rounds Date Location Notes
NC 41-9-1
2 NC
United States Danell Nicholson (4) 25/10/2014 Poland Hala Sportowa Częstochowa, Częstochowa, Poland Fight demonstration, Golota ended his career[7]
Loss 41-9-1
1 NC
Poland Przemysław Saleta TKO 6 (10) 23/02/2013 Poland Ergo Arena, Gdansk/Sopot, Poland
Loss 41-8-1
1 NC
Poland Tomasz Adamek TKO 5 (10) 24/10/2009 Poland Atlas Arena, Lodz, Poland For vacant IBF International Heavyweight title. Golota down in the 5th round.
Loss 41-7-1
1 NC
United States Ray Austin RTD 1 (12) 07/11/2008 China Sichuan Gymnasium, Chengdu, China For vacant WBC USNBC Heavyweight title. Golota was knocked down at the start of round 1. Claiming an arm injury, Golota failed to come out for the next round.
Win 41-6-1
1 NC
United States Mike Mollo UD 12 19/01/2008 New York (state) Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States Won WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight title.
Win 40-6-1
1 NC
Republic of Ireland Kevin McBride TKO 6 (12) 06/10/2007 New York (state) Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States Won vacant IBF North American Heavyweight title. McBride was slowing down and did not properly respond to punches.
Win 39-6-1
1 NC
United States Jeremy Bates TKO 2 (10) 09/06/2007 Poland Spodek, Katowice, Poland Bates down in 2nd round.
Loss 38-6-1
1 NC
United States Lamon Brewster TKO 1 (12) 21/05/2005 Illinois United Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States For WBO Heavyweight title. Golota was knocked down three times in 53 seconds - all by left hooks.
Loss 38-5-1
1 NC
United States John Ruiz UD 12 13/11/2004 New York (state) Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States For WBA Heavyweight title. Ruiz down twice during the fight.
Draw 38-4-1
1 NC
United States Chris Byrd SD 12 17/04/2004 New York (state) Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States For IBF Heavyweight title.
Win 38–4
1 NC
United States Terrence Lewis TKO 6 (10) 14/11/2003 New York (state) Turning Stone Casino, Verona, New York, United States Lewis was down in rounds 1, 2, and twice in round 6.
Win 37–4
1 NC
United States Brian Nix TKO 7 (10) 14/08/2003 Delaware Dover Downs, Dover, Delaware, United States
NC 36–4
1 NC
United States Mike Tyson NC 3 (10) 20/10/2000 Michigan The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 36–4 United States Orlin Norris UD 10 16/06/2000 Nevada Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 35–4 United States Marcus Rhode TKO 3 (10) 22/04/2000 China Tianhe Sports Complex, Guangzhou, China
Loss 34–4 United States Michael Grant TKO 10 (12) 20/11/1999 New Jersey Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States For NABF Heavyweight title. WBC Heavyweight title eliminator. Grant down twice in 1st; Golota refuses to continue after rising from a knockdown in the 10th.
Win 34–3 United States Quinn Navarre TKO 6 (12) 26/06/1999 Poland Hala Ludowa, Wroclaw, Poland
Win 33–3 United States Jesse Ferguson UD 10 30/01/1999 New Jersey Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Ferguson was a late replacement for the injured Jimmy Thunder.
Win 32–3 United States Tim Witherspoon UD 10 02/10/1998 Poland Hala Ludowa, Wrocław, Poland
Win 31–3 United States Corey Sanders UD 10 21/07/1998 New Jersey Mark Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 30–3 United States Jack Basting TKO 3 (10) 08/05/1998 New Jersey Trump Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 29–3 United States Eli Dixon KO 6 (10) 14/04/1998 Connecticut Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Loss 28–3 United Kingdom Lennox Lewis KO 1 (12) 04/10/1997 New Jersey Caesar's Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States For WBC Heavyweight title.
Loss 28–2 United States Riddick Bowe DQ 9 (10) 14/12/1996 New Jersey Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Bowe down in 2nd and 5th rounds. Golota down in 4th round. Golota was DQ'd for low blows.
Loss 28–1 United States Riddick Bowe DQ 7 (12) 11/07/1996 New York (state) Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States Golota was DQ'd after dropping Bowe with a big low blow uppercut.
Win 28–0 United States Danell Nicholson TKO 8 (10) 15/03/1996 New Jersey Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 27–0 United States Charles Hostetter TKO 2 (10) 30/01/1996 New Jersey Medieval Times, Lyndhurst, New Jersey, United States
Win 26–0 United States Jason Waller TKO 2 (10) 18/11/1995 New Jersey Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 25–0 United States West Turner TKO 1 (8) 26/08/1995 New Jersey Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 24–0 Tonga Samson Po'uha TKO 5 (10) 16/05/1995 New Jersey Resorts Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 23–0 United States Marion Wilson UD 10 11/04/1995 Illinois Bismarck Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 22–0 United States Dwayne Hall TKO 1 (8) 26/01/1995 Illinois Rosemont, Illinois, United States
Win 21–0 United States Darren Hayden TKO 7 (8) 01/11/1994 Nevada MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 20–0 United States Jeff Lampkin RTD 1 (8) 13/08/1994 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lampkin, floored in the 1st round, doesn't come out for the 2nd.
Win 19–0 United States Jesse Shelby TKO 2 (8) 18/06/1994 Illinois Bismarck Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 18–0 United States Terry Davis TKO 1 (10) 06/05/1994 New Jersey Boardwalk Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 17–0 United States Larry Davis KO 1 (8) 16/03/1994 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 16–0 United States Donnell Wingfield TKO 1 (8) 14/01/1994 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 15–0 United States Calvin Jones TKO 2 (6) 23/11/1993 Illinois Rosemont, Illinois, United States
Win 14–0 United States Andre Smith KO 1 (8) 04/09/1993 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–0 United States Marion Wilson PTS 8 10/07/1993 Pennsylvania Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 12–0 United States Carlton West TKO 2 (8) 22/06/1993 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 11–0 United States Kevin P. Porter KO 3 (6) 15/05/1993 Wisconsin Eagles Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 10–0 United States Bobby Crabtree TKO 2 (10) 26/03/1993 Illinois Union Hall, Countryside, Illinois, United States
Win 9–0 United States Andre Crowder TKO 1 (6) 05/02/1993 Wisconsin Eagles Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 8–0 United States Eddie Taylor TKO 1 (8) 05/12/1992 Illinois Dolton, Illinois, United States
Win 7–0 United States Aaron Brown TKO 2 (6) 03/10/1992 Illinois Saint Andrews Gym, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 6–0 United States James Holly KO 1 (6) 28/08/1992 Illinois Union Hall, Countryside, Illinois, United States
Win 5–0 United States Robert Smith PTS 6 24/07/1992 Illinois Union Hall, Countryside, Illinois, United States
Win 4–0 United States Joey Christjohn TKO 1 (6) 20/06/1992 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 3–0 United States Charles Presswood KO 1 (4) 27/03/1992 Illinois Union Hall, Countryside, Illinois, United States
Win 2–0 United States Joe Jones KO 1 (4) 28/02/1992 Illinois Union Hall, Countryside, Illinois, United States
Win 1–0 United States Roosevelt Shuler TKO 3 (4) 07/02/1992 Wisconsin United Community Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Pro debut for 1988 Heavyweight Olympic Bronze Medalist Golota.


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]


  1. ^ "Down and Dirty",; retrieved 8 March 2015.
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  4. ^ Ackert, Kristie, "Golata Sues Own Doctor Over Shot",; accessed 8 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Golota Says Injection Made Him Feel Woosy", The New York Times; accessed 8 March 2015.
  6. ^ Rafael, Dan. "Ruiz, Byrd, Rahman victorious in ring". USA Today. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Andrew Golota - Danell Nicholson; retrieved 8 March 2015.

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